Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Summer 2022

Don’t Take a Donation Vacation!

Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD; SBM Past-President and Development Council Chair

It’s finally summertime across the U.S.! While many of you are off enjoying the warm sun and time away from the office or lab, SBM continues to stay active all 52 weeks out of the year. We are over half way through the year now and have already accomplished so much through the Proven Science—Better Health Giving Campaign.


The launch of the Kenneth A. Wallston Leadership Development Honor Fund. This is an excellent opportunity to show gratitude for a prominent and founding SBM member who has paved the way for many generations of leaders and helped transform SBM into the thriving organization it is today. Every gift to Dr. Wallston’s honor fund assists with Leadership Institute & Diversity Institute tuition to help emerging professionals from diverse backgrounds cultivate their skills through year-long mentorship and coaching. Give to the Ken Wallston Leadership Development Honor Fund today.



In the debut of SBM’s Policy Advocacy Month, we highlighted the critical policy advocacy work that we’ve accomplished in our three key policy priority areas: child nutrition, non-pharmacological pain management/opioid misuse, and rural health. With the help of our dedicated Advocacy Council, Position Statements Committee, and other volunteers, we’ve increased our efforts to make public health policies evidence-based and more impactful. Your contribution to the Policy Advocacy Fund supports the important work that our health policy ambassadors are doing to create impact on a national level by bringing behavioral medicine research directly to lawmakers. Invest in SBM’s policy ambassador program by contributing to the Policy Advocacy Fund here.


Of course, April was a busy month for the Giving Campaign with the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. We saw the Health Equity SIG take home the win for the Battle of the SIGs competition by contributing over $1,600 in 2021-22. SBM Past President Sherry Pagoto, PhD, took on plank challengers during the Planking Palooza to match $650 in gifts to the Science Communication Fund to support SBM’s new scicomm toolkit. We held our first Stride for Science Run/Walk where SBMers ran or walked their way around the Baltimore NFL and MLB stadiums to raise money for the General Fund. Every registration fee was donated to keep membership dues low for our student members to enhance their careers, keep them engaged in the field, and ensure a strong future for behavioral medicine. Join us next year for the 2nd Annual Stride for Science Run/Walk in Phoenix!


The Sustaining Donor Club gains new members! The Sustaining Donor Club was created to help support the next generation of behavioral medicine researchers, share evidence with policymakers on the federal level, and reach patients who can benefit from our science. You have the power to do more for the behavioral medicine community with a monthly subscription that truly creates an impact. Your monthly gift of $25 becomes $300 in just one year. Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Join the Sustaining Donor Club today.


Applications for the first Bridging the Gap Research Award opened in June! This is an $8,000 annual award that will provide resources to help one postdoctoral student prepare a competitive grant proposal by using the funds for equipment and supplies, consultants, data collection, professional development, and more. The awardee will also be paired up with a mentor who has experience in the specific research topic area. This award would not be possible without the support of Sharon Manne, PhD. Applications close on July 26. Learn more about the award and applicant eligibility here.


Save the Date for Upcoming 2022 Giving Campaign Events

August 17 – National Nonprofit Day
September 12-16 – Thank Your Mentor Week
November – Stride for Science Run/Walk Registration Opens
November 10 – World Science Day Panel
November 29 - GivingTuesday

Spring, summer, fall, or winter – SBM’s Proven Science—Better Health Giving Campaign is active all year long to advance the field of behavioral medicine and provide resources and opportunities to help you thrive in your research or career. We can’t do this alone though. We need members like you to invest in the future of behavioral medicine by making a contribution to the General Fund, Leadership Development Fund, Policy Advocacy Fund, or Science Communication Fund today at www.sbm.org/donate.