2022 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions Pre-Conference Courses

All courses will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and are 2 hours in length.

Course fees are as follows:
Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $100
Student/Trainee or Transitional Members: $50
Non-Members: $150


8:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Course 1: How to present your science and yourself to the media - A hands-on lesson from those who are in the news and make the news     

You’ve heard it: If it bleeds, it leads. So how can behavioral scientists speak in the press both accurately and understandably? If you’ve ever been interested in media engagement or message crafting, join us. We’ll focus on what to say and how to say it for optimal and intended impact.


Course 2: I think my patient may be experiencing psychosis - now what?  How providers can support early identification and intervention

Do you work with adolescents and young adults who report unusual thoughts or experiences? Would you like to learn more about identifying symptoms associated with high risk for psychosis and what to do when you see them? This course provides an overview of what to ask and how to help.


Course 3: Leveraging Qualitative Data to Enhance Behavioral Health Research Studies: Data Analysis and Write-up

Qualitative data can enrich behavioral health research by moving beyond numeric data and providing a deeper understanding of the “why” and the “how” of behavioral health phenomena. This course, which is a continuation of last year's qualitative data collection methods course, focuses on qualitative data analysis and presentation of results. 


11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Course 4: Behavioral Treatment of Headache and Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms: Lessons Learned from the Veterans Administration         

Post-traumatic headache is the most common symptom following a mild traumatic brain injury, and can negatively impact quality of life. This presentation will discuss diagnosis of post-traumatic headache, the scientific basis for behavior change interventions, and applying evidence-based behavioral treatment paradigms to PPTH.


Course 5: Beyond your specific aims page: Getting inside the reviewer mindset to optimize key sections of your grant proposal

This workshop will focus on making the most of your entire grant submission package. We will offer strategies to optimize all sections, beyond the specific aims page, to help you convey a cohesive, compelling narrative to reviewers. After expert lightning-round recommendations, ample time will be allowed for questions and discussion.


Course 6: Expressive Arts Interventions in Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psycho-Oncology to initiate change and transformation

This presentation would also be of interest to researchers of all disciplines who are interested in intervention development in psychiatry, psychosomatics and psycho-oncology and palliative care and of artists and therapists who want to expand their understanding of the creative process as a healing process.


Course 7: Infusing social determinants of health into behavioral medicine: Applying concepts to research, clinical practice, and policy

This course aims to enhance social determinants of health (SDH) knowledge and awareness of SDH resources for application to behavioral medicine research, clinical practice, and policy.  Via didactic instruction, small-group dialogue, and mentoring from SDH experts, participants will acquire skills needed to incorporate an SDH perspective into their own work. 


Course 8: The multiphase optimization strategy (MOST): Practicalities of an optimization trial

So you want to use MOST in your research, but don't know how to actually conduct an optimization trial? Look no further! This workshop will provide a practical approach to an optimization trial using a factorial experimental design.

SBM student and transitional member attendees of this course may be reimbursed 100% of the course fee and other attendees may be reimbursed 75% of the course fee, pending grant underwriting from the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention.


1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Course 9: An Introduction to Adaptive Interventions and Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials    

Adaptive interventions offer clear, evidence-based decision rules about whether, when, how, and for whom changes to intervention should be made for best individual outcomes.  This course offers an introduction to adaptive interventions and one of the experimental approaches used to develop them, the sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART).


Course 10: Real recruitment: Strategizing social media outreach in an online era           

Social media can be a powerful tool for healthcare research recruitment. It has potential to outperform other recruitment mediums, particularly for reaching underserved populations like young adults. This course will provide practical recommendations for researchers seeking to develop their own social media presences and recruitment advertising campaigns.


Course 11: Techquity: Strategies to inform and enhance health equity in digital health design

Techquity--the strategic development and deployment of technology to advance health equity--is necessary to eradicate the negative health consequences experienced by communities of color. This course will describe digital health inequities among communities of color and describe a call to action for digital solutions by using a techquity-informed agenda.


Course 12: The "Nuts and Bolts" of Developing Health-Related Behavioral Interventions: Understanding and Applying the ORBIT Model 

In this course, participants will learn about the ORBIT model for developing behavioral interventions, including its key features, appropriate study designs and methods. NIH and senior investigators will provide advice on how to use the model to enhance intervention development research and develop a successful intervention development grant application.

SBM student and transitional member attendees of this course may be reimbursed 100% of the course fee and other attendees may be reimbursed 75% of the course fee, pending grant underwriting from the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention.


Course 13: Using Implementation Science to Move Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Interventions into Routine Settings     

The time is now right for moving evidence-based complementary and integrative health interventions into routine clinical- or community-based settings. Join this workshop to learn how to use the Implementation Research Logic Model and other implementation science constructs to guide the adaptation and implementation of an evidence-based CIH interventions.