Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Winter 2022

Editor's Note

In this issue, our members are sharing tips and strategies for career preparations, pre-doctoral fellowship applications, and finding the right mentor.

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Advocacy for Climate Change and Health: A Conversation with the Health Policy Ambassadors

Kristi White; Ph.D., LP, ABPP

Sara Fleszar-Pavlović, PhD

SBM’s health policy ambassadors work to build relationships with policymakers and engage them to make evidence-based decisions in key priority areas. SBM's newest policy priority area on climate change and health was just formed this past summer, and there is already forward momentum in this area.

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Preparing for a Diverse Career in Aging

The proportion of adults 65 years of age and older is projected to increase to almost 22% of the US population by 2040.1 This continued growth signals the need for evidence-based health promotion and chronic disease management programs across diverse settings and via novel modes of delivery.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Women Caregivers’ Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic led to greater numbers of people experiencing and reporting mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. This is particularly apparent among caregivers – the vast majority being women –  who experienced increased levels of stress following the loss of childcare services due to pandemic-related reasons, such as COVID-19 infections in family members, sheltering-in-place, lockdowns, and school/daycare closures.

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Preparing Pre-doctoral Fellowship Applications: An Interview with a Current NRSA F31 Recipient

Ever wondered what it takes to submit a predoctoral fellowship application, or to mentor someone doing so? We talked to Sam Battalio, a fourth-year clinical psychology student at Northwestern University who was awarded an NRSA F31 fellowship by the NIH, to learn more.

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Bridging the Gap: Using Dissemination and Implementation Science to Improve Obesity Treatment Access and Care

Evidence-based multicomponent behavioral interventions are recommended for children and adults with obesity1,2. However, most individuals who attempt weight loss do so without consulting a health professional, and only 4% engage in supervised, evidence-based care3.

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Empowering SBM Members to Advocate for Health Policy Change in Their Local Community

SBM has reimagined its advocacy for changing health-related policies over the past few years. Under the leadership of former Advocacy Council Chair, Dr. Joanna Buscemi, SBM implemented the Health Policy Ambassadors program to train, equip, and support your fellow SBM Members who volunteer to form long-lasting relationships with federal legislators from their state or district.

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Tips for Finding and Working with a Mentor as a Trainee and Early Career Researcher

Finding and establishing a relationship with a good mentor is an important aspect of our professional and career development; however, this can be a long and difficult process at times. In this article, we compiled our top tips for finding, establishing, and maintaining successful mentorship relationships.

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

The holiday season has arrived! The season of cold, snow, love, family, and giving. There is no better way to end the year than by giving back to your SBM community and professional home. SBM created the Proven Science—Better Health GIVING Campaign so that we can give back to our members all year long.

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Launching a Career in the Private Sector of Digital Health

Every year, more SBM trainees transition to careers in the private sector of digital health - joining companies that build and disseminate behavior change programs. This month, we will follow one SBM member on this road less traveled!

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Addressing Sleep as a Road to Reduce Health Disparities: A Call for Action

Insufficient sleep is an important public health problem, with a report by the US Institute of Medicine estimating that approximately 50-70 million Americans are affected by sleep complaints.

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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 sgilbertson@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 sgilbertson@sbm.org

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President's Message: Read this before you book your Annual Meeting travel

Plans for the 2023 SBM Annual Meeting are set, and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone in Phoenix April 26-29! There are some elements of the meeting that I want to highlight here because they might impact your travel plans.

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Upcoming Events:

44th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
April 26-29, 2023
Phoenix, AZ

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