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‘In the Name of Intellectual Curiosity,’ Consider Attending Annual Meeting Child and Family Health Sessions

Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH, Child and Family Health SIG chair

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. There will be several presentations at the meeting that have a CFH focus or where CFH topics are represented, and I hope you will visit each of them. I’d like to highlight the following in particular:


  • Symposium 11: Developing Digitally-Mediated Interventions for Preventing/Treating Obesity in Pediatric Populations
  • Symposium 2: Emerging Adulthood in Adolescents and Young Adults with Diabetes: Opportunity for Behavioral Medicine

Panel Discussions

  • Panel Discussion 1: Assessing Cancer Preventive Behaviors among Parent-Adolescent Dyads: Opportunities and Challenges

Paper Sessions

  • Paper Session 2: Diet among Children and Young Adults
  • Paper Session 4: Reducing Risks and Improving Glycemic Control among Diabetics
  • Paper Session 11: Adolescent Sexual Behavior
  • Paper Session 17: HPV Vaccination
  • Paper Session 23: RE-AIM Evaluations for Physical Activity and Diet
  • Paper Session 30: Smoking among Patient Populations
  • Paper Session 39: Medication Adherence: Predictors and Interventions
  • Paper Session 42: Sleep: outcomes and Processes

These talks, along with the numerous posters presentations, promise to be informative opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research in our field.

In addition, please join us for our CFM SIG’s Midday Business Meeting and social event on April 24 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The CFH SIG Student Award and the Award for Outstanding Research in Child and Family Health will be presented, highlighting examples of excellence in research conducted by those in our field. We thank all our advisory board members who helped to review the numerous excellent submissions. At the meeting, our SIG will host Dr. Dianne Ward from University of North Carolina who will receive our annual award for outstanding achievements in the field of child and family health and deliver our annual invited address. The title of her talk will be, Modern Family and Days of our Lives: Strategies for Developing a Children’s Healthy Weight Research Program in Today’s World. The CFH midday meeting promises to be an exciting opportunity to network and catch up on the latest happenings of the SIG. We welcome all who are interested, so please join us!

The CFH SIG is growing fast and we welcome input from SBM members about ideas and opportunities that could advance our mission. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SIG, please contact Erica Linc, SBM program manager, at elinc@sbm.org. SIG members are also welcome to submit ideas and suggestions for SIG-related activities through our listserv: childfamily_sig@list.sbm.org. For more information, check us out online at http://www.sbm.org/sig/child_family. Also, please feel free to contact me bernard.fuemeler@duke.edu for additional information and if you are interested in becoming more involved in the SIG.