Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Summer 2020

Editor's Note: Special Section on Behavioral Medicine during the Time of COVID-19

For this special edition of Outlook, we have articles that speak to the cascading effect that COVID-19 has had on several aspects of life. Those articles from our membership include social isolation and loneliness among veterans, resilience in the face of adversity, domestic violence during the time of COVID-19, and the impact on health equity of Black Men during this time.

 

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From Personal Health to Pandemics, Police Brutality, and Protests – A Vision for Black Men’s Health Equity in 2020

In a time when Black men must decide between wearing a mask to lower the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19 or not wearing a mask to lower their risk of being seen as a threat or a criminal, achieving racial health equity must be a part of the 2020 conversation on men’s health. Derek Griffith, PhD, and Charles Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES lend their perspectives on a vision for achieving Black men’s health equity.

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Telehealth & Behavioral Science during COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Hayden Bosworth

Telehealth holds tremendous promise for maintaining and/or increasing access to health care during and after the pandemic. Yet, considerations exist to ensure that the exponential growth of telehealth does not result in unintended consequences or to widen health inequities.

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Reducing Sedentary Time during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even if you are physically active, spending too much time sitting or lying down (except for sleeping) is associated with worse health outcomes, including greater risk for all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. While sitting time is unavoidable in our current society and especially during the pandemic, there are a number of ways we can interrupt the large volumes of sitting time that we accumulate throughout the day.

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Coping with Social Isolation & Loneliness During COVID-19: Strategies from Two Military & Veteran Health Researchers

For many of us, COVID-19 has brought upon the experience of social isolation and feelings of loneliness. Drs. Sara Kinztle and Alan Teo provide insight into their research on social connection and social isolation, as well as coping strategies used in practice among Veterans, active military and their families.

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Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19: Directions for Future Research

Risk factors for domestic violence include unemployment, substance use disorder, mental illness, and access to guns and ammunition, and social isolation. The stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19 have exacerbated these risk factors in several ways, leading global domestic violence rates to rise an estimated 25-33%.

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Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Feelings of stress, loneliness, and depression are pervasive in the U.S. All of us face stress and adversity throughout our lives, but some of us seem to manage it with greater grit, and recover from it faster and more fully. This ability to withstand and recover from adversity and derive personal growth from challenging life events is called resilience.

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Want to Conduct a Systematic Review? Start Here!

Systematic reviews attempt to collect all existing evidence on a specific topic to answer a specific research question. To do one well takes a lot of time and effort, and careful attention to decisions before fully diving in can save you time in the long run.

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The Importance of Language for Addressing Stigma in Diabetes Care

Stigma has significant health implications. People with diabetes who perceive more stigma report higher levels of psychological distress, more depressive symptoms, less social support, and lower quality of life. Adopting person-first or identity-first language can reduce stigma and promote inclusion and diversity for persons with disabilities or chronic diseases.

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SBM Adopts Open Science Recommendations

In 2019, SBM’s then-President Michael Diefenbach initiated the development of an SBM working group focused on open science. This group was asked to explore the implications of open science for behavioral scientists, to educate SBM members about open science, and to develop open science recommendations for the SBM Board to consider.

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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. Click below to read a selection of Annals and TBM articles that were recently made available online.

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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: Let’s Go All IN: Inclusion, Innovation, Influence

SBM has been my professional home for over 17 years. Like my personal home, it is my goal for SBM to be a “place” where all members and guests feel welcome, valued and are able to grow.

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