Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Editor's Note

William Sieber, PhD

You asked, and SBM leaders answered: Check out senior SBM members' responses to your questions about finding ways to increase productivity, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and setting yourself apart as a postdoc candidate in this edition of our "Ask the Experts" series.

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Interested in Becoming the Next Editor of Outlook?

Do you have a passion for writing and sharing information in the digital age? Can you help energize the SBM membership? Are you looking for a way to get more involved with the society?

Apply by August 31, 2018 to be the next editor of Outlook!

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President's Message: Leading the Narrative

Sherry Pagoto, PhD

I am excited to spend the next year exploring ways the field of behavioral medicine can increase its visibility and engagement in public discourse about health. In an era where fake news and misinformation are spreading like wildfire it is more imperative than ever that we communicate our science and public health messaging loudly and clearly. This is precisely what the theme of my presidential year, "Leading the Narrative," is all about.

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Evidence-Based Work Productivity: Lessons from Behavioral Medicine

The SBM annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives and think about the big picture – how our work can make a positive impact on the world. This year, the meeting in New Orleans got us thinking about how to manage the daily minutiae of our work lives (emails, disruptions) to ensure we are setting aside time for projects that are important to us (grants, papers). Is there an evidence base for how to work with intention and efficiency? As we searched academic and lay literature, we were surprised by the overlap with evidence-based behavioral medicine

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Congratulations to the Recipients of SBM's 2018 Achievement Awards

2018 Achievement Award Winners

SBM extends a warm congratulations to the following recipients of the society’s 2018 achievement awards. Recipients formally received their awards from SBM then-President Gary G. Bennett, PhD on April 12, 2018, during SBM’s 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA.

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SBM Leadership Institute Participants Recommend the Program, Data Shows

The results are in: This year’s Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) Leadership Institute participants overwhelmingly recommend it.

In an anonymous survey of 2018-19 institute participants, all respondents said they would be likely to recommend the institute to a colleague. They reported feeling empowered, inspired, and more confident.

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Update from SBM 2018: Themes from a Discussion of Career Path Challenges for Students

Welcome to the summer 2018 “ETCD Council corner” segment. In each issue of Outlook, look to the Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council corner for information related to our mission, which is to provide SBM members with opportunities and support to enhance their training and career development throughout all phases of their careers in behavioral medicine.

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Opening Your Science to Increase Its Rigor and Impact

Health and behavioral research is evolving and new practices regarding its communication are being adopted that promote transparency, reproducibility, verifiability, and access. Collectively, these practices are described as “open science” and they aspire to increase both the rigor and impact of our science.

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Mind-Body Interventions for Oncology Patients: Perspectives from the CAIM SIG

For this article, the Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAIM) SIG interviewed members from across the career continuum whose interests include mind-body interventions and working with cancer patients. Given the increasing popularity of mind-body approaches for managing symptoms and optimizing wellbeing across a variety of patient populations, the CAIM SIG hopes that all SBM members will find our interviewees’ responses elucidating and applicable to their own research.

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Findings of the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee: An Interview with Abby King

Abby King, PhD

SBM's Physical Activity Special Interest Group (SIG) recently talked with Dr. Abby King, Professor at Stanford University and co-chair of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, about what the Scientific Report leading up to the updated Federal guidelines for physical activity has uncovered.

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Community Organization Partnerships to Extend Reach: An Interview with Team Red, White & Blue

Team Red White & Blue (RWB) is a Veteran Service Organization dedicated to helping Veterans reintegrate into their community through physical and social activity. The MVH SIG’s collaboration with Team RWB provides an example of a mutually beneficial research-community partnership. In this interview, the MVH SIG speaks with two Team RWB leaders to learn about their growing collaboration with SBM and discusses key recommendations for developing such relationships with other organizations.

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An Introduction to the Health Collaborative Model with CARDI-OH

The Health Collaborative model is an opportunity to highlight developments in behavioral medicine by connecting researchers, clinicians, managed care, and community stakeholders to improve the delivery of healthcare to manage specific conditions and/or implement behavioral change. CARDI-OH, The Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative, is a partnership between several institutions throughout the state that aims to improve cardiovascular care as well as diabetes care.

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Making an Impact When it Feels Like “Everything is on Fire:” Health Policy Advice for Researchers

Binta Beard, ScD, SM

How can the Society of Behavioral Medicine members keep public health issues on policy-makers agendas at a time when the current administration may be less inclined to spend money on health care and scientific research? The Civic and Public Engagement Committee invited Dr. Binta Beard, a managing partner and health policy strategist at Equinox Strategies in Washington, DC, to share her expertise.

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Getting the K Award: Perspectives from a Mentor-Awardee Team

Receiving one of the National Institute of Health’s K awards is a professional goal that many in our field would like to achieve, but there often remains some uncertainty and mystery around key aspects of success in obtaining one. This article shares wisdom from Holly Prigerson, PhD, who is the Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Sociology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Prigerson received a K award early in her career and has successfully mentored over 90 junior investigators, many of whom have successfully received career awards including numerous K awards.

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IPC SIG Works in Progress: An Opportunity to Obtain Consultation on Research/Evaluation Projects in Integrated Primary Care

Researchers within behavioral medicine have developed an array of evidence-based interventions and strategies that redefine the way patients receive care in medical settings. However, the success of these interventions necessitates their translation into actual practice. The IPC SIG Works in Progress (WIPs) teleconference is a new idea that the IPC SIG is piloting this year, intended to provide a place for clinicians, researchers, and administrators to share ideas of new research, program evaluation plans (e.g., proposed measures), specific aims of a research grant, or drafts of manuscripts to obtain feedback from experts in integrated care to help improve dissemination of research into primary care.

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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 Society of Behavioral Medicine (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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