Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Summer 2022

Editor's Note

Linda Trinh, PhD; Editor, Outlook

Linda Trinh, PhD

I am excited to be the next Editor-in-Chief for Outlook! Thank you to Dr. Crystal Lumpkins for her leadership serving as the past Editor-in-Chief. I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto. My research agenda is focused on the development and implementation of theoretically driven physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions in cancer control and survivorship. Prior to this role, I served as the Physical Activity SIG co-chair and was on the advisory board for the past five years.

My vision for Outlook is to engage members in an ongoing commitment to critically reflect on research practices, trainee development, and community engagement to engage in dialogues towards a more diverse and equitable environment. It will serve as a platform for SBM members to share their success stories with research and community partnerships, identifying institutional solutions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, adapting and pivoting research during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to build a race- and ethnicity-sensitive research program, as a few examples. Special topics related to behavioral medicine’s role in climate change, training and development such as teaching strategies, job search preparation, enhancing international collaborations, academic career reflections will also diversify the content of the newsletters. You will see some of these themes reflected in this issue.

In other exciting news, Dr. Michael Diefenbach (SBM Past-President) and I have teamed up to introduce the ‘Climate Change Corner.’ This will be a permanent corner in Outlook where members can share behavioral medicine’s role in research, policy, and advocacy in relation to climate change. This inaugural corner features the Health Equity SIG discussing the compounded vulnerability of energy insecurity, socioeconomic disadvantage, and health in climate change, as well as the Physical Activity SIG highlighting how active transport can benefit your environment and your health. We encourage members to submit content in this area and view your research from a climate change perspective.

Finally, we are always open to new ideas and suggestions from our members. If you have ideas for the newsletter, I encourage you to reach out to Andrew Schmidt at aschmidt@sbm.org or me at linda.trinh@utoronto.ca