Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine
Winter 2015
Lisa M. Klesges, PhD, SBM President

President's Message: SBM Is Working for You
Our purpose as a society is to help you—the member—by advancing your career, your behavioral medicine interests, and the impact of the health research you hold dear. Throughout my presidency, I have sought to consider your interests and I know other SBM leaders put you first as well. Here are just a few of the ways we're focusing on you right now.
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Thank You 2014 AMDC Contributors
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) would like to thank the following individuals who contributed to the society's Advocacy and Membership Development Campaign (AMDC) in 2014. AMDC funds help lead SBM in new policy directions and increase the role and significance of behavioral medicine in prevention and health care.
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Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Deadline Is Coming Up
The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 2015 Annual Meeting, being held April 22-25 in San Antonio, TX, is rapidly approaching. Register before March 24 to pay a discounted “early bird” registration rate.  Read more »



New SIG Being Formed on Optimization of Behavioral Interventions
If you are interested in the new approaches that are emerging for optimization of behavioral interventions, you are invited to join a new special interest group (SIG) on optimization of behavioral interventions (OBI) that is being formed within the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).  Read more »


New Violence and Trauma SIG Being Formed
If you are interested in research and practice related to violence prevention and psychological trauma, you are warmly invited to join a new special interest group (SIG) on violence and trauma (VT) that is being formed within the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).  Read more »


What Does SBM's New Digital Health Council Intend to Do?
In November 2013, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Board engaged in a strategic planning exercise that led to several recommendations for how SBM can position itself as a society to thrive in the years ahead. One of those recommendations was that a new council be created—the Digital Health Council—with the intentions of helping to grow the body of digital health work being done by SBM members and to keep our society central to the fast-paced and evolving field of digital health.  Read more »


Health Policy Committee Releases Briefs, Visits Capitol Hill
Policy-based health practices and decisions work their way into the very corners of public and private lives. Depending on policies and practices, children might engage in five hours of school-based physical activity per week, or, in some instances—none. Teens in one community might be prohibited altogether from frequenting indoor tanning salons but, in a different community, frequent them with parental permission. Patients with diabetes in one state benefit from state-financed diabetes self-management programs whereas patients in another state do not, given restraints on state financing.  Read more »


SBM Building Meaningful Relationships with Other Organizations
Scientific research is a collaborative endeavor, which is why many Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members who make SBM their primary professional home also engage with other societies with missions that overlap with SBM's. This overlap offers rich opportunities for inter-organizational relationships, and SBM's Scientific and Professional Liaison Council (SPLC), chaired by Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD, is tasked with developing and mining these connections.  Read more »


‘In the Name of Intellectual Curiosity,' Consider Attending Annual Meeting Child and Family Health Sessions
Fellow SBM members and colleagues,
I shall never surrender or retreat in telling you about a number of exciting events at this year's upcoming Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX (home to the Alamo!). I call on you in the name of intellectual curiosity, scientific advancement, and everything dear to the SBM member character. This informational letter may not have the same dire urgency as The Travis Letter, but I hope it does inspire you to become an active participant in some of the upcoming Child and Family Health (CFH) Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings and activities in San Antonio.   Read more »


Digital Health Technology

Technology SIG Advancing Behavioral Medicine through Technology-Enabled Methods and Partnerships
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) is working hard to advance behavioral medicine by supporting new methods and partnerships that are enabled by new and emerging digital health technologies. As part of this, the SIG last year provided support (you might have noticed our yellow buttons asking about digital future) of an idea that grew out of strategic planning for SBM: namely the creation of a SBM Digital Health Council.  Read more »


Public Policy Impact

Learn How to Increase Your Impact on the Public and Policymakers over Breakfast at the Annual Meeting
SBM’s Civic and Public Engagement Committee (CPEC) knows policy and social media are part of a balanced breakfast for 2015 Annual Meeting attendees.  Read more »




Cancer Survivorship: From across the Pond to the Annual Meeting
Our Cancer SIG is fortunate to have members who practice and conduct research in diverse settings, including other countries with different approaches to health care and cancer care. Understanding these different approaches can broaden our ideas about best practices to improve outcomes for cancer survivors.
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Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey to be Presented at Annual Meeting
Empirical studies in the past two decades have demonstrated significant associations of selected spiritual and religious factors with important health and disease outcomes across multiple acute and chronic conditions. Read more »


Student SIG Plans Annual Meeting Events on Internships, Mentoring, and Getting Published
The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) Student Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring some excellent events at this year’s SBM Annual Meeting, including three sponsored events and a social happy hour as well as two new co-sponsored events.  Read more »


Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG Welcomes New Leadership, Plans Meeting Sessions
Many exciting events are on the horizon for the Obesity and Eating Disorders (OED) Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). We are pleased to announce that new SIG leaders will begin their terms later this spring, and we have numerous sessions planned for the upcoming Annual Meeting being held April 22-25 in San Antonio, TX.  Read more »


Look for Presentations Focusing on Aging Sprinkled throughout the 2015 SBM Annual Meeting
Attendees at the 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, were provided with a Final Program that included a useful content finder of the various sessions, categorized by theme.  Read more »


New Articles from Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Translational Behavioral Medicine
SBM's two journals, Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research (TBM), continuously publish online articles, many of which become available before issues are printed. Three recently published Annals and TBM online articles are listed below.  Read more »


Honors and Awards
Congratulations to the following Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members who recently received awards or were otherwise honored. To have your honor or award featured in the next issue of Outlook, please email lbullock@sbm.org.  Read more »


Members in the News
The following Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members and their research were recently featured in news articles or videos. To have your news spot featured in the next issue of Outlook, please email lbullock@sbm.org.  Read more »

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Lisa M. Klesges, PhD

Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD

Dawn K. Wilson, PhD

Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD

Elliot J. Coups, PhD
Member Delegate

Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD
Member Delegate

Amy L. Yaroch, PhD
Member Delegate

Council Chairs
Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH
Digital Health Council Chair

Nicole Zarrett, PhD
Education, Training, and Career Development Chair

Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD
Health Policy Chair

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Membership Chair

Alan M. Delamater, PhD
Publications and Communications Chair

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD
Scientific and Professional Liaison Chair

Claudio R. Nigg, PhD
Special Interest Groups Chair

Committee Chairs
Laura L. Hayman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Awards Chair

Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD
Civic and Public Engagement Chair

Brent Van Dorsten, PhD
Development Chair

Ken Resnicow, PhD
Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Chair

Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD
Finance Chair

Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Health Policy Chair

Dawn K. Wilson, PhD
Nominating Chair

Lila J. Rutten, PhD
Program Chair

Kathleen Wolin, ScD
Program Co-Chair

Kevin S. Masters, PhD
Annals of Behavioral Medicine Editor

Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP
Translational Behavioral Medicine Editor

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Outlook Editor

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Website Editor

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