SBM's 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

We are delighted to extend an invitation for you to attend the 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine to be held in Washington, DC, from March 6–9, 2019. The meeting will convene at the Washington Hilton, conveniently located in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, providing easy access to premier dining, entertainment, and shopping.


Plenary Speakers

SBM has invited speakers for topics including social determinants of health, health and technology megatrends, patient engagement, behavioral economics, open science, science communication, and more!


Registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open!



Tuesday, March 5 is now sold out at the Washington Hilton.
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Exhibitors and Supporters

Interested in providing sponsorship at the SBM Annual Meeting?
View SBM's Exhibitor and Supporter Prospectus.


Pre-Conference Sessions

To view descriptions for pre-conference courses and seminars, click here.

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Why Attend SBM?

SBM is a vibrant, multidisciplinary society focused on the role of behavior in improving health. Most of our country's most daunting health challenges have behavioral origins, and achieving SBM’s vision of “better health through behavior change” has never been more important. SBM members include the nation’s leading scientists and practitioners, and SBM annual meetings are the premier forum for the most influential behavioral medicine research. Learn more about SBM and who we are.

Who will I meet at the SBM Annual Meeting?

  • SBM’s meeting is the only truly multidisciplinary behavioral medicine conference. SBM's membership includes approximately 2,400 behavioral and biomedical researchers and clinicians from more than 20 disciplines.

Will SBM have the continuing education credits I need?

  • The society offers an average of 28 credit hours per meeting to nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, psychologists, public health professionals, health education specialists, and dietitians.

What do other professionals say about SBM’s Annual Meetings?

  • "Such an energizing conference, all of the sessions were wonderful and the focus on translating research into policy was timely."
  • "Overall the conference provided many networking opportunities and allowed me to make some major connections."
  • "As a graduate student, I found the emphasis on mentoring and career development extremely helpful." 

SBM by the Numbers

  • SBM's meeting offers over 250 sessions in more than 30 topic areas, including cancer, diabetes, pain, physical activity, nutrition, and digital health.
  • 95% of 2018 meeting evaluation respondents indicating satisfaction with their experience.
  • 84% of 2018 meeting evaluation respondents reported it was somewhat or extremely likely that they would attend the 2019 Annual Meeting.
  • The last two SBM meetings have set attendance records of 2,053 and 2,141, respectively. An estimated 2,200 individuals from the United States and abroad will attend the 2019 Annual Meeting.


2019 Annual Meeting Information


Tuesday, March 5 is now sold out at The Washington Hilton. We encourage attendees to make their hotel reservations for the SBM Annual Meeting as soon as possible!

Alternative Hotel Options Nearby

The Churchill Hotel, 0.1 Miles Away
Normandy Hotel, 0.2 Miles Away
Windsor Park Hotel, 0.3 Miles Away
The Line Hotel DC, 0.8 Miles Away


Abstract Submission Process

Abstract Submissions - Now Closed

Rapid Communication Poster Submissions - Now Closed

Abstract Acceptance Notification: Please reach out if you DO NOT receive an email notification regarding your abstract submission by Wednesday, November 7, 2018, or by Wednesday, February 13, 2019 for rapid abstracts. For any questions regarding your submission or the abstract submission site, please contact the national office at (414) 918-3156 or at A staff person will follow up about your inquiry as soon as possible.

Abstracts MUST be submitted according to SBM's specific guidelines listed below, using SBM's official CadmiumCD submission website. Abstracts may be submitted as an oral presentation (papers, symposia, panel discussions, or seminars) or poster presentation.

All abstract submissions will be peer reviewed. All accepted abstracts will be published in the Annual Meeting Supplement issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, an official journal of SBM. The supplement will serve as the official abstract publication for SBM's 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions.

Upon receipt of your submission, CadmiumCD will issue an email confirmation to the submitting author. Authors can expect to receive the email confirmation of their submission within 48 hours (or two business days) after submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the abstract system within 48 hours of submitting your abstract, contact the national office at (414) 918-3156 or at

Character Limit: There is a limit of 2,500 characters including spaces. The 2,500 character limit does not include title or author list.

Complete and Original Results: Each abstract should represent complete and original results. Submitting multiple abstracts in which the same data have been analyzed in different ways, or in which a study is subdivided into small sub-studies, is prohibited and will result in those abstracts being rejected. In addition, this action may result in the individual abstract authors being prohibited from submitting abstracts for future SBM annual meetings.

Empirical/Non-Empirical Research: Paper and poster abstracts submitted for presentation must be based on empirical research and report actual (not promised) results along with relevant statistics and significance values. In contrast, abstracts for informational sessions such as, seminars, panel discussions, and symposia might include empirical and/or non-empirical contributions.

Prior Publication Policy: Papers that have been published or presented elsewhere prior to the time of presentation at the 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions may not be submitted for consideration by SBM.

Abstract Presentation Limit: Authors are limited to participation as “presenter” in a maximum of three abstract submissions. Presenters of accepted abstracts should pre-register for the Annual Meeting by the early-bird deadline.

Presenter Registration: Each presenting author is responsible for his/her registration fee(s) as well as travel and housing costs. Presenters who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting should arrange for another individual to present the paper/poster in question. If changes to the listing of your presenting author are necessary, please notify the SBM national office (414) 918-3156 or

Withdrawn Abstracts: Abstract presenters who withdraw a presentation may be denied the right to submit an abstract for the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting. The only exceptions to this policy are (1) absence due to weather-related issues that hinder a presenter’s travel to the meeting, (2) absence due to a work-related emergency, or (3) absence related to personal injury or family health emergency. Miscalculation of travel costs by the presenter does not qualify as an acceptable reason to withdraw one’s abstract. In the event this occurs, no refunds will be given.

Abstract/Presentation Language: All abstract submissions must be in English. All presentations based on accepted abstract submissions must be made in English.

Thematic Submissions Encouraged: Submissions are especially encouraged that reflect the theme for the 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions: “Extending our Reach.”

When submitting your abstract, you may check boxes to be considered for these special opportunities:

  • Industry-Focused Poster Session Section: This special poster session section will highlight the translational research coming out of industry and industry-academia partnerships. Recipients of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants are especially encouraged to participate.
  • Null Results Poster Session Section: This special poster session section will highlight findings that did not come out significant (statistically or clinically). Not all studies end as hypothesized, but much can still be learned from what doesn't go as planned.
  • Poster Mentoring Program: Student SBM members can have their poster presentations evaluated by a senior SBM members. Because of the Poster Mentoring Program’s popularity, interested students are selected via a random drawing. Selected students are matched with senior members based on common behavioral medicine interests when possible. Those senior members then stop by the student’s poster presentation to offer feedback and advice in person.

SBM's 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions features a variety of presentation formats including poster, paper, panel discussion, seminar, and symposium.

Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues for 60 minutes in an informal setting. Poster sessions are held on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and on the morning of Saturday. Poster submissions judged by the Program Committee to be especially original and significant will be highlighted as meritorious and/or citation award winners. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed poster presentation.

Rapid communication posters offer the opportunity for presentation of late-breaking findings in the field of behavioral medicine. Rapid communication posters are scheduled during the poster sessions on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and on the morning of Saturday. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed poster presentation.

Poster boards will be positioned vertically and the surface area for poster display will be 4 feet wide by 8 feet high (1.2 meters wide by 2.4 meters high). The exact poster dimensions are up to poster presenters, but for ease of vertical viewing, we recommend that posters are no higher than 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Posters are a very important and essential part of the SBM Annual Meeting. They are a great way for researchers to discuss their work with colleagues. SBM views poster presentations as equally important to paper presentations.

Papers clustered around common themes will be presented for 15 minutes each (10 minutes for presentation, 3 for discussion, and 3 for introduction and speaker turnover) and are scheduled for Thursday or Friday. Paper submissions judged by the Program Committee to be especially original and significant will be highlighted as meritorious and/or citation award winners. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed paper presentation.

Authors may submit abstracts as “poster only,” “paper only,” or “paper or poster.” Authors are encouraged to submit using the “paper or poster” option since all papers submitted under this option that are not selected for paper presentations will alternatively be considered for poster presentations.

Panel discussions are hour-long sessions (e.g., debates, discussions about educational topics, career development, funding opportunities) scheduled for Thursday or Friday, designed to allow for discussion among presenters as well as provide a forum for interaction with session attendees. Panel discussions are expected to have two or more speakers, depending on the structure of the session. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed panel.

Seminars are either half day (2 hour and 45 minute) or full day (6 hour) sessions held on Wednesday. They feature presentations that emphasize the theory and application of practical skills. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed seminar.

Symposia examine important issues from a variety of perspectives. These sessions are scheduled for Thursday or Friday and last 75 minutes. During these sessions, alternative solutions, interpretations, and points of view on a body of knowledge within the field are presented and debated. Symposia that include presenters from different disciplines and include cross-cutting themes relevant to behavioral medicine as well as the meeting topic areas are strongly encouraged. A symposium typically includes one chair, three presenters, and one discussant. The chair can serve as one of the three presenters and/or discussant.

Several abstracts need to be submitted for a symposium proposal. First, the symposium chair should submit a symposium abstract (a summary of the topics/scheduled presentations). Then, using the "Individual Presentation and Details" step, the chair can either complete the symposium presentation abstracts (the summary of the specific solution, interpretation, point of view, etc.) for each presenter OR they can click the blue dialogue icon to email each presenter a request to complete the task. The discussant is not required to complete an abstract but should be listed in the author/presenter section of the symposium abstract.