Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine
Spring/Summer 2011
33rd Annual Meeting, April 11-14, 2012, New Orleans
Abby King
Abby C King, PhD

President's Message

While behavioral medicine has always been a field that embraces different perspectives, we are continuing to expand our focus in exciting ways that reflect the increasingly demanding and complex world around us. This expansion of focus has been both upward - for example, into the 'macro-spheres' of public policy and related areas - as well as downward - for example, into the 'micro-spheres' of cellular and genetic forces that contribute to human behavior, health, and disease. Such efforts involve our collective willingness as a field to learn about and embrace different ways of thinking that extend beyond our traditional scientific 'comfort zones'.   Read more »

Award Winners

Congratulations to all 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Achievement Award and SIG Award recipients!
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Howard Koh, MD, MPH
Howard Koh, MD, MPH

2011 Annual Meeting

We were extremely pleased to welcome over 1,600 members and friends - the largest number of attendees in the Society's history - to the 32nd SBM Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions. Held in Washington DC, the 2011 Annual Meeting theme was "Accelerating Our Impact on the Public's Health." The Program Committee designed the meeting in response to SBM President Karen Emmons' charge to play an "active role in shaping the health agenda for our nation." Our SBM members and friends rose to the occasion, submitting an unprecedented number of high-quality proposals. This is an exciting time for behavioral medicine and we think the energy was palpable at the 2011 meeting.   Read more »

Membership Council

The Society of Behavioral Medicine's Membership Council is one of the five permanent councils and is charged with recruitment and retention of members. In accordance with the SBM mission statement, this is a multi-dimensional goal focused on recruiting interdisciplinary members involved in a variety of clinical, research, administrative and educational pursuits.  Read more »

Career Trajectories Survey: Findings and Next Steps

In 2010 SBM conducted a survey of its members that focused on career trajectories in behavioral medicine. In the past, SBM's career development efforts have tended to focus on early career development and not as much on career development issues that might arise later in one's career. Also, it is apparent that some SBM members do not follow traditional career paths and that learning more about their career development experiences might be helpful. Thus, the impetus for this survey was to learn more about career paths of our members and to determine if SBM needs to be doing more to address career development issues.   Read more »

Man taking pulseSBM Helping to Bring Behavioral Science to ACSM's Exercise is Medicine® Initiative

SBM leadership and members of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group (SIG) have recently begun working with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on their Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) initiative. The objectives of the EIM initiative are to make physical activity a "vital sign" that is routinely assessed at every patient interaction with a health care provider, and to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise and physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients.  Read more »

Diabetes SIG Update

Recent government initiatives based on growing public health concerns make this an ideal time for many SIGs to increase activity in policy discussions and decisions. The Diabetes SIG in particular has much to contribute to policy initiatives. The newest language in the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy highlights what members of our SIG have been active in documenting - the substantial health and economic burden of diabetes.   Read more »

Medical professionals
Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine SIG Update

The Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group (EBBM_SIG) is among the newest SIGs, but we've been catching up quickly. We have a number of new initiatives planned that we will describe in more detail in Outlook later this year.   Read more »

Health Decision Making SIG Update

The mission of the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group (SIG) is to promote and advance the theory, science, and practice of health decision making, particularly as applied in behavioral medicine. The SIG was officially formed in 2009, has developed a strong agenda of activities to support its mission, and has rapidly grown to over 160 members. In this update, we will highlight activities from our inaugural year of programming at the SBM Annual Meeting held in April 2011 in Washington, DC, as well as other conference-related activities in the planning phases.   Read more »

Woman in pain
Pain SIG Update

As active members of the Society for Behavioral Medicine we share a common vision, but we often work in silos. The gift of being a member of SBM is the opportunity to network and build collaborations across disciplines and interests. The mission statement of the Pain SIG is to "advance the understanding of pain and its treatment according to a biopsychosocial framework." We aim to achieve this mission by increasing interdisciplinary communication and collaboration with other SBM SIGs.   Read more »

Spirituality and Health SIG Update

There are many questions about the role of religion and spirituality in health. While participation in religious organizations is decreasing (following the general pattern of decreased participation in community activities), private spiritual practices such as prayer have increased in recent years.  Read more »

Honors, Awards and Publications

A new feature of Outlook this year showcases some of SBM members' recent honors, awards and publications. If you would like to have your honor, award or publication featured in the next issue please forward the details of your achievement to Amanda Graham, PhD, Outlook Editor. Congratulations to all of the following members.   Read more »

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Benjamin Stumpf
Program Manager
Society of Behavioral Medicine
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Abby C. King, PhD

Alan J. Christensen, PhD

Karen M. Emmons, PhD

Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD

Gary G. Bennett, PhD
Member Delegate

Jennifer K. Carroll, MD, MPH
Member Delegate

James F. Sallis, Jr., PhD
Member Delegate

Council Chairs
Laura S. Porter, PhD
Education, Training & Career Development Chair

Brent Van Dorsten, PhD
Membership Chair

Timothy W. Smith, PhD
Publications & Communications Chair

Sara J. Knight, PhD
Scientific & Professional Liaison Chair

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Special Interest Groups Chair

Committee Chairs
Michael G. Goldstein, MD
Awards Chair

Geoffrey C. Williams, MD, PhD
Development Chair

Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD
Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Chair

Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD
Finance Chair

Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD
Health Policy Chair

Karen M. Emmons, PhD
Nominating Chair

Jamie L. Studts, PhD
Program Chair

Margaret L. Schneider, PhD
Program Co-Chair

Melissa A. Clark, PhD
Program Support Chair

Christopher R. France, PhD
Annals Editor

Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP
Translational Behavioral Medicine Editor

Amanda L. Graham, PhD
Outlook Editor

Please send Outlook correspondence to:

Amanda L. Graham, PhD
Editor, SBM Outlook
E-mail: agraham@americanlegacy.org

Guidelines for Articles submitted to Outlook
  1. Articles should be no longer than 500 words, plus up to 10 references.
  2. Please submit only original articles, not articles that have been previously published in another organization's newsletter or bulletin.
  3. The Outlook editor may edit articles to fit the format of the newsletter, or defer articles to another issue based on space limitations. The submitting author(s) will be informed, prior to publication, and will be sent a copy of any edited article for approval or withdrawal.
  4. Submitted articles may be reviewed by the Publications and Communications Committee Chair and, potentially, additional SBM Board members to determine appropriateness for publication and/or length.

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