Apply to Be the Next Translational Behavioral Medicine Editor-in-Chief

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

TBM cover imageThe Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Publications and Communications Council invites applications for the editorship of Translational Behavioral Medicine (impact factor: 2.864). The editor-in-chief’s term will begin October 1, 2021, and continue through all issue years 2022 through 2026. Suzanne Miller, PhD, is the current editor-in-chief; her term ends December 31, 2021.

Role of the Editor

The editor will have complete scholarly and editorial authority to accept or reject manuscripts. The editor will appoint a team consisting of a managing editor, associate editors, and editorial board to assist with journal operations and editorial decision making; the editor has discretion over an annual editorial office staff budget. The editor will also work with the society’s publishing partner, Oxford University Press, to ensure timely review and publication processes. The editor will stay abreast of changes in the academic publishing industry and work with the SBM Board of Directors and Oxford University Press to ensure the journal’s success as a top-tier publication outlet for behavioral medicine research. The editor will report to the SBM Board of Directors to keep them apprised of the health of the journal and obtain approval for any substantial changes under consideration. Editorial duties require a significant time commitment; however, time demands will depend (largely) on fluctuations in weekly submissions and the editor’s operational structure.


Candidates must be SBM members in good standing and may be self-nominated or nominated by another SBM member. Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • a compelling vision for how the journal can serve the field best, including as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • relevant academic achievements (e.g., publications, awards, academic rank, etc.);
  • prior involvement in SBM, TBM, or both;
  • prior editorial experience (e.g., editorships, associate or consulting editorships, guest editorships, editorial board memberships, peer review); and
  • commitment to editorial service.

The council encourages diverse candidates. SBM defines diversity as the collective ways in which people and organizations are different and similar with respect to demographic characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and behaviors.


Candidates should submit a cover letter; current curriculum vita; completed application outlining their background, vision for the journal, and operational approach (click here to download application); and contact information for three professional references to SBM Executive Director Lindsay Bullock at by May 31, 2021. The editor will be selected from among all qualified candidates by the SBM Board of Directors by September 2021. Questions about this opportunity or the application process can be directed to Publications and Communications Council Chair Megan McVay, PhD, at