2020 Call for Board Nominations

Nominations Open: Early November 2019

Nominations Deadline: Early December 2019

In November 2019, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Nominating Committee will 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 as chairperson at any meeting, other than the annual meeting, in the absence of the president
  • In case of absence, disability, or resignation of the president, performs the duties of president
  • Makes council and committee chair appointments, subject to Board confirmation
  • Works closely with the president on all executive matters
  • Serves a one-year term of office, ascends to president for one year and serves as past-president for one year


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

The Nominating 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 Nominating 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 SBM Nominating Committee will review the nominations received by the submission deadline and an official ballot will be posted online for voting members to cast their votes.

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.

Nominators and nominees must be voting members of SBM, which means they need to have paid (or pay) 2019 dues and be full or transitional members of the society. Need to join or renew? Visit sbm.org/membership.