Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine
Winter 2016
37th Annual Meeting, March 30 - April 2, 2016, Washington, DC
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD, SBM president

President's Message: Drivers of Health Care Change, and the Opportunities They Create
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) 2016 Annual Meeting is almost here. Our Program Committee has organized a powerful session lineup that centers around one key word: change. Whether you work in an academic, government, clinical, industry, or other setting, you know that health care and how we conceptualize the prevention and treatment of chronic care are changing faster than ever. We must adapt.  Read more »


Thank You 2015 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 2015. AMDC funds help lead SBM in new policy directions and increase the role and significance of behavioral medicine in prevention and health care. Read more »


Board Notes: Meet the SBM Member Delegates and an Update on Society Governance
In addition to representatives from the society's many councils and committees, the SBM Board of Directors includes three member delegates. Each member delegate is elected by the membership and serves a three-year term on the board and on the society's seven-member Executive Committee (along with the president, president-elect, past-president, and secretary/treasurer). Member delegates play an active role in a host of SBM initiatives. Read more »



SBM Building Meaningful Relationships with Other Organizations
This winter, I've been delighted to share the aims and current activities of our productive Scientific and Professional Liaison Council (SPLC) with the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Board of Directors, the Special Interest Group (SIG) Council, as well as a number of our external partners.   Read more »


The Digital Health Council Supports Three SBM Initiatives
The Digital Health Council (DHC) was created in 2014 with the goal of helping grow the body of digital health work being done by members of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and to position our society to benefit from and contribute to the fast-paced and evolving field of digital health. In the past year, the DHC (which currently numbers 24 SBM members) has worked to meet these goals.   Read more »


Paul Korte, PhD

How to Change Health Policy at the State Level: A Q&A with Paul Korte
How are behavioral scientists changing health policy in their home states? That's the topic of a breakfast roundtable that the Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) Civic and Public Engagement Committee (CPEC) is hosting on March 31 at the upcoming SBM Annual Meeting. CPEC recently interviewed one of the roundtable panelists: Paul Korte, PhD, president-elect of the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA).  Read more »


Career Paths, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Field of Aging Research
For this Aging Special Interest Group (SIG) contribution to Outlook we interviewed two Aging SIG members who have achieved professional success in diverse fields. They answered questions about their career paths and provided their perspectives regarding the challenges and opportunities in the field of aging.  
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Violence and Trauma: SBM's New SIG and the People Who Started It
The Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) new Violence and Trauma Special Interest Group (VT SIG) recently interviewed Pamela Behrman, PhD, professor of psychology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and Julie Schnur, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, co-director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program, and licensed clinical psychologist, about the new SIG. They have been members of SBM since 2005 and are founding members of the VT SIG.  
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Jefferson Memorial

Join the Student SIG at the Annual Meeting for Networking, Mentoring, and Professional Development
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Student Special Interest Group (SIG) is proud to present multiple events at the 2016 Annual Meeting taking place in Washington, DC, including an array of professional development panels, two mentored breakfasts, student research awards, a psychology internship meet and greet, and a student social hour. Please note that some of the offerings listed below must be applied to ahead of time by students so plan accordingly!   Read more »


Ethnic, Minority and Multicultural Health SIG 2016 Update
Many exciting things are planned for the Ethnic Minority and Multicultural Health Special Interest Group (EMMH SIG) this year. We have proposed an exciting slate of events that should be of interest to Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members at varying career levels. We want to acknowledge our outstanding SIG Planning Committee who have dedicated countless hours toward brainstorming robust and timely symposia and pre-conference ideas. With the help of the EMMH SIG planning committee, the SIG will present/co-present four exciting and timely symposia and pre-conference sessions for the 2016 Annual Meeting.  Read more »


$4.5M Grants Will Advance Research about Religion, Spirituality, and Health
There is a growing interest in research and evidence-based practice among health care chaplains. However, for most chaplains involvement in research is limited by their lack of education about research. This prevents chaplains from using research to guide, evaluate, and advocate for the spiritual care they provide. It also limits their ability to collaborate with colleagues who are or plan to conduct research about religion, spirituality and health.  Read more »


Future Direction of the Population Health Science Special Interest Group
The Population Health Science Special Interest Group (PHS SIG) will convene a discussion of our future direction at the upcoming 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) to be held in Washington, DC, March 30-April 2. As incoming chair, Dr. Smith sat down with Dr. Finney Rutten, outgoing chair and co-chair for the 2016-2017 term, to discuss the direction of the PHS SIG over the next three years.   Read more »


Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD

Recommendations for Behavioral Scientists in the 21st Century: An Interview with Chanita Hughes Halbert
The Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) 2016 Annual Meeting will include sessions focused on health disparities and precision medicine. The Cancer Special Interest Group (SIG) interviewed Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), to address these priorities and obtain her advice for early career investigators.  Read more »


Child and Family Health SIG Update
As we ready ourselves to embark on the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM's) 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC, we are reminded of one its famous citizen's remarks: "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." What Frederick Douglass believed to be true is now being proven by behavioral and social scientists.  Read more »


Mindfulness Approaches for Disordered Eating and Weight Management
One of the central issues plaguing the field of behavioral obesity treatment remains the large variability in response within behavioral weight management programs. There are a variety of potential explanations for this heterogeneity in response, including genetics, metabolism, as well as a host of psychological and behavioral variables.  Read more »


Cloud Storage of Personal Health Data

Using the 'Design Thinking' Method to Bridge the Digital Divide between Behavioral Scientist and their Institutional Review Boards
Vast quantities of personal health data (PHD) are increasingly being created through mobile apps, wearable sensors, and social networks, further expanding our ability to design and test personalized and adaptive health interventions1. While exciting, such studies are also raising new and nuanced ethical challenges that impact Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and researchers alike2.  Read more »


SBMConnect: As Aid-in-Dying Bills Become Law, What is the Role of Health Decision Making?
The SBMConnect blog draws members' attention to ever-changing-and sometimes controversial-issues and news items. Each SBMConnect post briefly explains an issue or news item intended to have salience for our members. Each post is accompanied by a poll to get a sense of where SBM members stand on the topic. Discussion of each topic also takes place on our LinkedIn page.  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 elinc@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 elinc@sbm.org. Read more »

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Council Chairs
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Digital Health Council Chair

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

Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD
Health Policy Chair

Lorna Haughton McNeill, MPH, PhD
Membership Chair

Alan M. Delamater, PhD
Publications and Communications Chair

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD
Scientific and Professional Liaison Chair

Kristi D. Graves, PhD
Special Interest Groups Chair

Committee Chairs
Edwin B. Fisher, PhD
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

Joanna Buscemi, PhD
Health Policy Chair

Lisa M. Klesges, PhD
Nominating Chair

Kathleen Wolin, ScD
Program Chair

David X. Marquez, PhD
Program Co-Chair

Kevin S. Masters, PhD
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Translational Behavioral Medicine Editor

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