Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Spring 2018

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 ahahn@sbm.org.

Robert K. Klepac, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Klepac was elected as the representative of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology to the Board of Directors the American Psychological Association’s Division 12.

Courtney Peasant Bonner, PhD
Dr. Peasant Bonner was awarded a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Diversity Supplement to work on an R01 titled Expanding HIV Testing and Prevention to Reach Vulnerable Young Women under the mentorship of Wendee Wechsberg. This supplement will allow her to assess how substance use and mental health symptoms, and sexual risk are related; to identify individuals most in need of substance abuse, mental health, and HIV prevention services; and to investigate how substance abuse treatment can be integrated with mental health and HIV prevention services for adolescent girls and young women who use substances in Cape Town, South Africa.

Maija Reblin, PhD
Dr. Maija Reblin received the 2017 Moffitt Cancer Center Population and Quantitative Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award. This award is given to recognize assistant professor-level faculty for excellence in scholarship, service, and teaching. Dr. Reblin is a social psychologist in the Department of Health Outcomes & Behavior who studies relationships and communication in advanced cancer caregivers.

Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS
Dr. Ahlualia was elected as a Fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in February 2018.

Cheryl Albright, PhD, MPH
Dr. Albright and colleagues at UH Mānoa Nursing received half a million dollars for three years of funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, an institute within the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary time in 250 Filipino lay leaders who represent their church within the Oahu Council of Filipino Catholic Clubs.

Katarzyna Wac, PhD
Dr. Wac has had a project accepting in the area of digital solutions for behavior change by The Computer Society and has been selected for the IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program for 2018- 2020  to talk about digital health.

Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, PhD
Dr. Trudel-Fitzgerald received the Early-Career Best Individual Presentation Award from the International Positive Psychology Association for her talk on the relationship between optimism, happiness, and the future likelihood of adopting a healthy lifestyle over time.