2023 Call for Board Nominations

Nominations Open: November 8, 2022

Nominations Deadline: December 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Leadership Identification and Inclusion Committee is pleased to request nominations for two Board of Directors positions:

  • President-Elect (1-year term as President-Elect, ascends to President for one year, and then serves as Past-President the following year)
  • Member-Delegate (3-year term)

The roles and responsibilities for each position are described below:


  • Serves a one-year term beginning in April 2023, ascends to president for one year, and then serves as past-president the following year
  • Serves as chairperson at any meeting, other than the annual meeting, in the absence of the president
  • Performs the duties of the president in case of absence, disability, or resignation
  • Makes council and committee chair appointments, subject to Board confirmation
  • Works closely with the president on all executive matters
  • As president, attends and schedules meetings of the Board, the annual meeting of the society, and any special meetings that may be called; prepares the agendas for the meetings; is responsible in all matters, stated or implied, that are related to welfare, stature, and proper operation of the society; and performs other duties as necessarily incident to the office of president or as may be prescribed by the Board
  • As immediate past-president, presides at the annual Board meeting in the absence of the president, and at all meetings in the absence of both the president and president-elect

Here’s what our past presidents say the position is really like


  • Serves a three-year term beginning in April 2023
  • Represents the broad-based interests of the membership
  • Serves on the Executive Committee as a voting member

Here’s what past member delegates had to say about the position

The Leadership Identification and Inclusion Committee strongly encourages nominees from diverse backgrounds for leadership positions. Nominees should be able to address what role diversity will play in the leadership role and/or how they would aim to address gaps in diversity within SBM. SBM defines diversity as:

“the collective ways in which people and organizations are different and similar with respect to demographic characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and behaviors. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, class, education, immigration status, and professional discipline.”

The Leadership Identification and Inclusion Committee seeks nominees that maintain SBM's strength and diversity as the nation's premiere multi-disciplinary society promoting rigorous basic and applied behavioral medicine research and its application to practice and policy. Therefore, nominees collectively should have backgrounds, skills and interests that span the full spectrum from basic bio-behavioral, to intervention, dissemination and policy research, and address needs in health care settings, communities and diverse populations.

The Leadership Identification and Inclusion welcomes nominees from any professional setting, from academia to government to industry and beyond. SBM maintains a robust conflict of interest and disclosure policy for leaders. Individuals concerned about any potential conflict should contact Executive Director Lindsay Bullock for guidance on this policy and a possible conflict management plan.

Nominators and nominees must be current voting members of SBM (full, fellow, emeritus, or transitional member types). Need to join or renew? Visit sbm.org/membership.

The SBM Leadership Identification and Inclusion Committee will review the nominations received by the submission deadline and an official voting form will be posted online for voting members to cast their votes. The person who receives the most nominations for each position will automatically be included on the official voting form. SBM recommends anyone who wants to campaign for a position to start early. Candidates are prohibited from using the listservs to campaign and SIGs can’t endorse individual candidates.