Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Fall 2019

Non-Pharmacological Management of Pain: Interview with Dr. Sara Edmond

The Pain Special Interest Group (Pain SIG) recently interviewed Dr. Sara Edmond, a research and clinical psychologist at the Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities and Education (PRIME) Center at VA Connecticut Healthcare System and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. We catch up with her about her recent editorial on pain in JAMA Psychiatry and also to capture her expert insights on non-pharmacological management of pain in clinical practice.

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Cheers to Good Health? Challenges and Opportunities in Communicating Alcohol-related Cancer Risk

Alcohol consumption is a leading cause for cancer, yet awareness of the link between alcohol consumption and cancer risk is modest. Promoting public understanding of these risks present familiar communication challenges, which members of SBM's Health Decision Making SIG explore in this article.

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SBM Past-President Dr. Gary Bennett Shares His Experiences Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)

The Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions SIG recently interviewed SBM Past-President, Dr. Gary G. Bennett, on his experiences optimizing a standalone text messaging-based weight loss intervention as part of an ongoing R01 trial.


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Leading the Narrative: How Do Researchers and Clinicians Discuss Gun Violence?

Gun violence is a central topic of conversation today and is featured in our president’s message to members in this issue of Outlook.  It is increasingly discussed on multiple platforms from political round tables, social media, television, coffee shops, and around the dinner table with family and friends. As the nation’s leading group of professionals dedicated to improving health and quality of life through behavioral science, we are increasingly called upon to discuss these issues.

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Tracey Revenson Named New Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Hunter College Professor and longtime Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) member Tracey A. Revenson, PhD, has been named the new editor-in-chief of SBM journal, Annals of Behavioral Medicine (ABM).

Dr. Revenson already has a number of initiatives planned. She’d like to publish target articles and commentaries about new theories and advances in the field, invite brief reports that address ethical issues in behavioral medicine, and make the journal more welcoming to qualitative research and mixed method studies.

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Five Important Points about Multimorbidity Behavioral Scientists Should Know

More than 50% of adults in the United States suffer from multimorbidity - the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions. In a recent issue of Health Psychology, researchers, including several members of the Multimorbidities SIG, highlighted several points about multimorbidity that warrant broad consideration by behavioral medicine researchers.

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Going Global: The International Society of Behavioral Medicine Charts Steps for the Future

SBM is one of 26 national member societies of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), a federation of societies with a shared focus on behavioral science and behavioral medicine. Learn about the recently-convened ISBM Taskforce and ways for SBM members to get involved in the organization.

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Why We Need a CVD SIG

As cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among adults worldwide, we believe it is overdue for the Society of Behavioral Medicine to have a Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to CVD. Many of us who are strongly committed to CVD research belong to multiple SIGs that focus on CVD risk factors, but not on CVD itself.

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SBM Names Dr. Leslie Johnson as the 2019 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award Recipient

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) is proud to announce its winner of the 2019 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award, SBM member Leslie Johnson, PhD!


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Applications Coming Soon: SBM Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders at SBM 2020

Welcome to the fall 2019 “ETCD Council corner” of Outlook. In each issue of Outlook, look to the Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council corner for information related to our mission. The council aims to provide SBM members with opportunities and support to enhance their training and career development throughout all phases of their careers in behavioral medicine.

In this issue, we highlight a new training opportunity for early-career members: The SBM Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders will equip participants to incorporate principles of diversity and inclusion into the development of strong leadership skills.

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Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professions in Oncofertility (ECHO) Online Training Program

Reproductive health is a key issue for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) oncology patients and survivors. The Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO) is a web-based training program focused on building communication skills to address the needs of reproductive health issues for this population.


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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. The following articles were recently published online in Annals or TBM.

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Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the following 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 aschmidt@sbm.org.

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Members in the News

The following SBM members and their research were recently featured in journals, news articles, or videos. To have your news spot featured in the next issue of Outlook, please email aschmidt@sbm.org.

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President’s Message: Climate Change and Gun Violence Feature Prominently in Provocative Questions

During the last few months, we launched our Provocative Questions initiative and I’m grateful to all of you who took the time and responded with ideas for behavioral medicine of the future. We compiled all your responses and are in the process of clustering them into overarching themes.

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Upcoming Events:

41st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
April 1-4, 2020
San Francisco, CA

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