Health Decision Making

Chair: Aisha Langford, PhD, MPH
Co-Chair: Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C

Description/Mission Statement

The Health Decision Making Special Interest Group (HDM SIG) provides a forum within the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) to advance the theory, science and practice of health decision making, particularly as applied in behavioral medicine. The HDM SIG has a special interest in understanding informed decision making by patients and the general population, shared decision making between patients and health professionals, and clinical decision making by health professionals.

The HDM SIG accomplishes its mission through 1) fostering communication and collaboration among its members, 2) developing and offering activities through SBM venues that will enhance the collective knowledge of health decision making among SBM members, 3) providing high-quality peer review of abstracts and manuscripts on decision making topics submitted to SBM meetings and publications, and 4) providing guidance on the science of health decision making to SBM committees, SIGs and councils.

The HDM SIG is the point of contact for liaisons between SBM and other organizations relevant to health decision making such as the Society of Medical Decision Making and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

Opportunities to Engage with the Health Decision Making SIG

Join the SIG roster or to be added or removed from the listserv:
Log in to the Members Only section of the SBM website, click My Profile, and then edit the SIG section under the Professional tab. If you have questions or difficulty, email

Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making

Each year at the SBM Annual Meeting, the HDM SIG recognizes an outstanding trainee who is presenting research related to health decision making as a poster or podium presentation. If you would like to be considered for this award, make sure to check the ‘HDM SIG’ box to indicate that your research includes a health decision making focus when submitting your abstracts (either during  regular or Rapid Communication Poster submission). To be eligible, applicants must be the first author on the abstract and enrolled in a full-time training program, as defined by the SBM guidelines for student/trainee membership. The abstract must be accepted for the SBM meeting.

The 2017 Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making went to Devon Price for her abstract titled "HIV Testing Avoidance: Psychosocial Factors Affecting HIV Testing in Gay and Bisexual Men."

Past recipients of the Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making:

  • 2016: Caitlin Biddle -- "Illness information avoidance is associated with lower need to cognition and intuitive risk beliefs."
  • 2015: Lisa Carter-Harris -- Lung Cancer Screening: What do High-Risk Smokers Know and Believe?
  • 2014: Amy J. Jeffers -- Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), Positive Mood, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (PA).
  • 2013: Sarah E. Lillie -- The Influence of Subjective Norms on Decisions about Optional Newborn Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • 2012: Erin M. Walsh -- Priming affective associations with fruit changes fruit consumption behavior.
  • 2011: Jessica A. Kadis -- Advertisements promoting HPV Vaccine: Does Message Source Matter?
  • 2010: Suzanne Kneuper Linder -- Validity Testing of the Traditional and Alternative Versions of the Decisional Conflict Scale.
  • 2010 honorable mention: Annie-Laurie McRee -- HPV Vaccine Acceptability in Men: Influence of Disease Outcome Framing.

Outlook articles written by HDM SIG members

2017: Health Decision Making 101
2016: A Conversation with Mary Politi about Decision Aids, Clinical Trial Disparities, and Health Insurance Enrollment
2015: Promoting Shared Decision Making in Lung Cancer Screening
2014: Health Decision Making SIG Explores what Makes a 'Good' Health Decision
2013: General News from the Health Decision Making SIG and Hot Topics in Health Decision Making
2012: Health Decision Making (HDM) SIG Update
2011: Health Decision Making SIG Update
2010: Health Decision Making SIG Update
2009: Health and Decision Making SIG News