The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

That's the perfect metaphor for the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization founded in 1978. Each part, each discipline, can stand alone. But together—when nursing, psychology, medicine, and public health form an interdisciplinary team—new perspectives emerge on human behavior, health, and illness. When you join SBM, you contribute to that unique multidisciplinary team, and your disciplinary experience and expertise is an essential part of the whole. SBM has created the premiere scientific forum for more than 2,200 behavioral and biomedical researchers and clinicians to study the interactions of behavioral, physiological, and biochemical states, and morbidity and mortality. SBM provides the many disciplines represented with an interactive network for education and collaboration on common research; and clinical and public policy concerns related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation, and health promotion.

Who We Are and What We Do

Mission Statement

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and then applying that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Vision Statement

Better health through behavior change.


  • Bring behavioral medicine science to the attention of policy makers and regulators.
  • Establish SBM as a visible and influential champion of behavioral medicine.
  • Develop the capacity to secure resources to achieve SBM's goals and mission.
  • Enhance the value of SBM as a base for networking, professional growth, and information exchange.

Strategic Plan

In the fall of 2013, the SBM Board of Directors convened for a biannual meeting and spent two days engaged in strategic planning. A comprehensive strategic plan and four key directions emerged:

  • Develop evidence-based standards for integrative behavioral health care.
  • Bring behavioral science into the digital health world and bring digital health into health care. Expand the important roles of technology and social media and better define how their use can lead to novel research advances.
  • Establish SBM as a central resource for innovative funding ideas.
  • Develop member capabilities with respect to such new methodologies as data mining; adapting and optimizing interventions; and measuring cost-effectiveness.

2017 Annual Report Infographic

2017 Annual Report

About Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Field of Behavioral Medicine Historical Timeline

Special thanks to Marc D. Gellman, PhD, and Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, for their work on the timeline.