SBM Annual Meeting Update

After careful consideration, the Society for Behavioral Medicine's leadership determined that it was necessary to cancel our 41st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. This decision was not made lightly, as we know that our attendees cherish the collaborative scientific spirit of our Annual Meeting. Our current president, Michael Diefenbach, PhD, has given a virtual presidential address for an update on our lectures, abstracts, and more. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions may be found here.

SBM's Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions provides an excellent opportunity for attendees of all experience levels to participate in the highest caliber of professional programming devoted to research and practice in the field of behavioral medicine. Students, researchers, clinicians, and professionals in any career seeking to improve the health and well-being of others can find educational sessions and networking opportunities that fit their needs. The Annual Meeting provides an education-packed scientific program that allows more than 2,100 attendees to:

  • Describe the role of behavioral medicine in today’s changing health care environment.
  • Identify recent advances in behavioral interventions for health improvement.
  • Discuss new and cutting-edge research and clinical data on interactions between health and behavior.
  • Examine strategies for the application of evidence-based research in clinical practice and health programs.
  • Evaluate new interdisciplinary approaches to education and training in behavioral medicine.
  • Exchange scientific ideas on a cross-disciplinary level with colleagues.

Traditionally held in late March or April, the SBM Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions typically consists of one pre-conference day for courses, followed by three days of scientific programming complete with poster sessions, an exhibit hall, paper presentations, symposia, panel discussions, master lectures, keynote addresses and several smaller midday meetings and breakfast roundtables.


Upcoming Annual Meetings

2020 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

2020 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

April 1-4, 2020
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, CA

2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

April 14-17, 2021
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL

2022 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

2022 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

March 30-April 2, 2022
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC


Past Annual Meetings

2019 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions


What you need to know

How do I submit an abstract I’d like to present at the Annual Meeting? Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract website by the deadline, and submitters can designate for which type of presentation the abstract should be considered. There is no fee to submit an abstract. Abstracts that have been published or presented elsewhere prior to the time of submission may not be submitted for consideration by SBM. Paper abstracts submitted for presentation must be based on empirical research and report actual (not promised) results. Poster submissions, except for Works in Progress and Lessons Learned rapid communication posters, must also be based on empirical research and report actual (not promised) results. Abstracts for courses, panel discussions, and symposia may include empirical and/or non-empirical contributions.
Who is eligible to submit an abstract and who can attend the Annual Meeting? SBM welcomes abstract submissions from both members and non-members. SBM members receive a discounted registration rate but non-member attendees are welcome to attend.
When can I submit an abstract? The online abstract submission website typically opens in mid-July and remains open through early September. Abstracts will be reviewed after the submission deadline and submitters of accepted abstracts will be notified in early December.
What is a rapid communication abstract and is it different from a regular abstract? Rapid communication abstracts may be submitted for consideration for a poster presentation only. Rapid communication posters offer the opportunity for presentation of late-breaking findings in the field of behavioral medicine.  Additionally, “Works in Progress” (e.g., design and methods of a large clinical trial) and “Lessons Learned” (e.g., tips for other researchers) abstracts may be submitted as rapid communication posters. The abstract submission website is typically open in mid-October. Submitters of accepted rapid communication posters will be notified approximately two months before the meeting.
When and where can I register? Registration for the Annual Meeting typically opens online in early November and remains open until about one week prior to the Annual Meeting. After that time, attendees will be able to register on-site only. An early bird registration price remains in effect from the time registration opens until about four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Past the early bird deadline, the registration fees will increase, so make sure to register early!
What is included in my registration fee and what is extra? The base Annual Meeting registration fee includes admittance to the Poster Hall and all educational sessions that do not require a ticket. Ticketed sessions which include pre-conference courses, will cost extra. Other extra items available for purchase are continuing education credits and guest registrations, which can be purchased upon registration or at the registration desk at the Annual Meeting.
Is the research presented at the Annual Meeting published? Abstracts of posters, papers, and symposia presented at the Annual Meeting will be peer reviewed and published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine Supplement. All abstracts will be available on the Annual Meeting mobile app.
How will I know what sessions to attend? The preliminary program is published on the Annual Meeting website in January, providing the program schedule and other Annual Meeting information. The preliminary program also designates instructional levels to sessions with combinations of beginner, intermediate and advanced. This designation is merely a guide; all registered attendees may attend sessions of any instructional level. Sessions are also categorized by several different topic areas relevant to many different behavioral medicine specialties. The final program will provide a key to help attendees easily find sessions within these topic areas. The final program becomes available online a couple of weeks prior to the Annual Meeting and will be available to registered attendees upon checking in at the registration desk on-site.
Does SBM provide any awards or discounts of any kind? SBM offers several Achievement Awards to members and non-members in order to recognize outstanding achievement and contribution to the field of behavioral medicine, which are presented at the Annual Meeting each year. Some of these awards offer a small grant or scholarship to cover the recipients’ attendance and/or educational expenses. SBM also accepts a minimal number of student volunteers each year who receive Annual Meeting registration reimbursement upon completing their volunteer duties.
What is the Annual Meeting cancellation policy? Any registration cancellations must be due to professional and/or personal/family health emergencies and be made in writing directly to the SBM national office prior to the first day of the Annual Meeting. All cancellations are subject to a non-refundable $50 administrative fee. Refunds will be processed following the Annual Meeting.
Does SBM have a policy about harassment or discrimination at its events? Yes, SBM has zero tolerance for any form of harassment or discrimination at society meetings and events. Read our official policy here. Anyone who violates the policy can be removed from the event and can be banned from future SBM events. Anyone who experiences or witnesses discrimination or harassment is encouraged to report such conduct to SBM management.
How can I support the Annual Meeting? There are many ways! First, sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities are detailed on the Annual Meeting website. Also, the Annual Meeting registration form provides the opportunity to donate money towards the SBM student volunteer program, which reimburses registration fees for a number of SBM student members who apply to volunteer with SBM during the Annual Meeting. Finally, online donations are welcome at any time through the secure Online Gift Contribution Form.
How do I make reservations at the Annual Meeting hotel? Each year SBM secures a block of rooms at the conference hotel with a special group rate for SBM Annual Meeting attendees. You can reserve a hotel room electronically or by phone. To do so, simply visit the upcoming Annual Meeting website for instructions. Housing information is typically made available in early November each year on the Annual Meeting website.
Can I bring a guest to the Annual Meeting? Yes, but registered spouses/guests will only be admitted to the non-ticketed sessions and the Poster Hall. No registration is required for guests age 17 and under. Society members or authors/co-authors of abstracts may not use the guest fee discount registration. There is a limit of one guest per Annual Meeting registrant.
Can I bring my children? How does SBM support nursing moms? SBM's Annual Meeting is family-friendly. Attendees are welcome, at their own discretion, to bring children to all conference sessions, including the poster/exhibit hall. No registration is required for meeting guests age 17 and under. SBM’s Local Arrangements Committee, comprised of members local to the conference site, also identifies unique local family-friendly recreational activities. Nursing mothers are welcome to breastfeed in all conference sessions and in any conference space; private nursing space is also available for those who prefer it. SBM complies with all state and local breastfeeding laws.
I will be unable to attend the entire conference. Do I have to pay the full registration? SBM offers a 1-day registration option for those who can only attend one day of the Annual Meeting. One-day attendees will be given a colored name badge providing access into any non-ticketed session during the specified day.

For all other inquiries, please contact the national office at (414) 918-3156 or