2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
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Society of Behavioral Medicine

37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
March 30 - April 2, 2016
Washington, DC

Rapid Communication Abstract Deadline is December 28
Register for the Meeting and Reserve Your Hotel Room Today
Master Lectures to Focus on Patient Communication, Nutrition,
  Micro-Randomized Trials, and Cancer Survivorship
Stay Active While in ‘the Nation’s Fittest City’

Rapid Communication Abstract Deadline is December 28

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) is accepting abstracts for rapid communication poster presentations for its 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. The rapids submission deadline is December 28, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rapid communication poster presentations allow authors to present late-breaking behavioral medicine findings, data, and other information. SBM welcomes submissions from members and non-members alike. Find more information and submit yours today.


Register for the Meeting and Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Register online today for SBM's 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions.

Register before March 1 to pay a discounted rate. SBM members receive an additional discount. You can easily renew your SBM membership or join the society via your registration form.

When you register, indicate your minority and/or early-career status on your registration form for possible reimbursement. SBM has applied for a government grant that may allow for reimbursement of Annual Meeting registration fees for a limited number of early-career and/or underrepresented minority attendees who present an abstract at the meeting (e.g., paper, poster, symposium).

H Street Homes

Traditional Washington, DC, brownstones are seen along H Street near Capitol Hill.
Photo credit: Destination DC

To be eligible for possible reimbursement if SBM receives the grant, register before the March 1 early-bird deadline and indicate your early-career and/or minority status on your registration form. To indicate early-career status, select student or transitional as your SBM member type. To indicate minority status, check the minority fee assistance box.

After you register, don't forget to book a room at the Washington Hilton Conference Hotel. Reserve a room in the SBM 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions room block to get a discounted rate of $297.70 ($260 special rate plus $37.70 in taxes). Only a limited number of rooms are available at the discounted conference rate, so book early! Once the conference rooms are sold out, SBM will not be able to offer additional rooms at the conference rate.


Master Lectures to Focus on Patient Communication, Nutrition, Micro-Randomized Trials, and Cancer Survivorship

SBM is proud to welcome the following master lecturers to the 2016 Annual Meeting!

  • Michael Goldstein, MD, recipient of SBM’s Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement, will speak about clinician-patient communication, especially interventions that enhance clinician delivery of health behavior counseling and health engagement.
  • Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, director of the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, will discuss the past, present, and future of school nutrition research and policy. She will highlight in the role of school nutrition in children’s overall health and well-being.
  • Susan Murphy, PhD, H.E. Robbins Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan, will talk about the use of micro-randomized trials for developing mobile behavioral interventions.
  • Catherine Alfano, PhD, vice president of survivorship for the American Cancer Society, will discuss processes for bringing players from all spaces together to make sure evidence-based solutions are used to solve the myriad health problems cancer survivors face.


Stay Active While in ‘the Nation’s Fittest City’

The American College of Sports Medicine rated Washington, DC, as the nation's “fittest city” this year!

SBM’s Local Arrangements Committee is proud of that designation, and has compiled recommendations for how Annual Meeting attendees can stay fit by walking, running, or biking.


National Portrait Gallery

A man bikes past the National Portrait Gallery.
Photo credit: Destination DC



  • Capital Bikeshare has more than 300 stations. Get a one- or three-day pass.
  • Rent a sized bike and a helmet from Bike & Roll, and go on a guided (or self-guided) ride.
  • The Mount Vernon Trail is paved and spans 18 miles. It follows the Potomac River's Virginia shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
  • Georgetown’s Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath is unpaved and leads to Cumberland, MD. It passes the Potomac River canal and locks.


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