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2016 SBM Call for Awards and Fellow Applications

New 2015 fellows pose with SBM then-President Lisa M. Klesges, PhD. Fellows are (left to right) Jennifer L. Huberty, PhD; Youngmee Kim, PhD; and Alexander J. Rothman, PhD. (Not pictured: John P. Allegrante, PhD; and Joan S. Tucker, PhD)

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) will soon be accepting applications for its 2016 achievement awards and fellow nominations. The call for applications opens October 12 and closes November 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more detailed information about the awards and fellow nominations—including how to apply or nominate someone—please visit SBM's official call for awards and call for fellows Web pages. Awards recipients and fellows will be announced at SBM's 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions being held March 30 to April 2, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Call for Awards

Nominations for awards must come from current SBM members in good standing. Self-nominations are allowed.

  • Distinguished Scientist Award
    Selection for this award is based on the nominee's total career and great scholarly achievements (i.e., made a series of distinguished empirical contributions or contributed substantially to the development of new theories or methods).
  • Research to Practice Award
    Selection for this award is based on the nominee's contributions and exemplary work in translating or extending behavioral medicine from research into practical application, dissemination, or implementation.
  • Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement
    This award recognizes the nominee's pivotal and extensive contributions to research, practice, and/or policies that have advanced the understanding of patient engagement.
  • Early Career Investigator Award
    This award recognizes the total career achievements and review of a representative published paper.
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Selection for this award is based on the success and excellence of a student/trainee member's defense of his or her dissertation.
  • Distinguished Student Awards
    These awards will be given to students who demonstrate outstanding academic and professional potential in the field of behavioral medicine. Students may apply for the following awards:
    • Excellence in Research
    • Excellence in Service Delivery
    • Travel Scholarship
  • Distinguished Research and Clinical Mentor Awards
    Selection for these awards are focused on individuals and their outstanding service as mentors in clinical or research settings.
  • Excellence in Behavioral Medicine Training Program Award
    This award recognizes a research- and/or clinically-focused training program. The training program can occur in any discipline and programs with an interdisciplinary approach will also be considered.
A Special Word about the Jessie Gruman Award

This is the third year SBM will be offering the Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement. Jessie Gruman, PhD, was an SBM fellow and prior to her passing in 2014 her colleagues created SBM's Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement to annually recognize an individual or organization that has made a pivotal contribution to research, practices, and policies that have advanced the understanding of patient engagement. Dr. Gruman authored several significant books on patients and their engagement, and she created useful tools and guidelines for patients. In 1992, she founded the Center for Advancing Health, a nonpartisan, Washington-based research institute that strengthened the evidence for patient engagement. Dr. Gruman served as the organization's president until her death.

The Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement carries on Dr. Gruman's legacy through continual recognition of individuals and organizations working toward the advancement of patient engagement. Recipients of the award are invited to deliver a master lecture in Dr. Gruman's honor during the subsequent annual meeting. At the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting, 2015 Jessie Gruman Award recipient Michael G. Goldstein, MD, will be delivering his master lecture.

Call for Fellows

SBM fellows demonstrate the society's commitment to advancing the science and practice of behavioral medicine. Fellows serve as role models, offering guidance and support to student/trainee members. The selection of new fellows ensures the continual life and direction of SBM. To apply for fellow status a full member must be in good standing with the society for three consecutive years prior to applying and should have received his or her highest academic degree at least 10 years prior. For more information please review the fellow criteria document.