Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Fall 2019

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

Courtney Bonner, PhD; Steering Committee Chair, Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders, Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council member and Amy G. Huebschmann, MD, MS; ETCD Council Chair

Welcome to the “Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council corner!” In each issue of Outlook, the ETCD provides SBM members with opportunities and support to enhance their training and career development 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. The leadership development of early-career professionals and the principles of diversity and inclusion are priorities for the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). Therefore, SBM is launching the first annual Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders during the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting.

Institute Overview

The purpose of the SBM Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders is to help early-career SBM members develop into effective, thoughtful leaders by fostering leadership skills and a deep understanding of the principles of diversity and inclusion. At the conclusion of the year-long institute, participants will be able to identify their leadership strengths and areas for improvement; recognize their “blind spots” related to diversity and inclusion; respond to challenges related to diversity and inclusion, and use their leadership skills to implement and/or advocate for inclusive practices or policies within their sphere of influence (e.g., lab, department). Throughout the year participants will continually assess their leadership development and deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion through quarterly learning opportunities and regular small group sessions with peers and mentors who are passionate about health equity in behavioral medicine.

  • The Institute is a year-long endeavor, limited to 25 selected individuals.
  • We allow applicants to define their early-career status themselves, but we envision this Institute being most appropriate for those who are completing their post-doctoral research or who have completed their terminal degree within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants must have paid their 2020 SBM member dues by the time they apply.
  • The Institute kicks off with an intense, one-day workshop that takes place before the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
  • The Institute provides mentoring and opportunities to network with peers throughout the year.
  • Participants will be responsible for their travel and lodging.
  • The 2020 SBM Annual Meeting registration fee will be waived for accepted institute participants.
  • Applicants representing diverse backgrounds, as defined by SBM, are encouraged to apply.


The ETCD council is very proud to have co-developed this Institute with members of the SBM Diversity Leadership Working Group, and the leadership of the Health Equity SIG. Lastly, we would like to thank the leadership of the SBM Mid-career Leadership Institute for guiding the development of this Institute, including Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, and SBM administrative staff.

Applications will be available here in early October, and can be submitted to SBM Program Manager Andrew Schmidt at aschmidt@sbm.org.