We want a healthier world, and we know it’s possible. We need a world that knows what behavioral medicine is and how valuable it is. A world that recognizes our individual members as esteemed experts. A world where members advance their careers and the field—impacting real lives.
Forty-five years ago, Forty-eight visionaries sat in a Chicago conference room and founded an organization dedicated to the budding field of behavioral medicine. These scientists and clinicians dreamed of reducing the time it took for research findings to improve real people’s lives. They were inspired to advance science by helping members learn from each other. And they longed to improve health by helping the general public learn from their members. The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) has grown tremendously since then. We are the nation’s leading group of multi-specialty experts, dedicated to improving health and quality of life through proven behavioral science. Our members are uniquely interdisciplinary, spanning the gamut of healthcare occupations, from psychologists and doctors to nurses and epidemiologists, to nutritionists and exercise scientists. They prevent and treat diseases like cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, and cardiovascular disease. They reduce disease-causing behaviors like smoking, obesity, poor sleep, and inactivity. They also reduce health disparities, so everyone has a fair chance at a healthy life.
Why Proven Science—Better HealthTM ?
The “Proven Science—Better Health” Giving Campaign was launched by the Board of Directors in Spring 2020 with three funds for donors to choose from that support the professional development of our members, share our members’ research with the popular press and general public, and influence public health laws by strategically promoting our members’ research to policymakers. A General Fund was also established to cover SBM’s most pressing needs and keep membership fees affordable.
Get Involved & Make a Difference
Our goals are ambitious, but crucial. A healthier world is possible! A world that knows what behavioral medicine is and how valuable it is. A world that recognizes our individual members as esteemed experts. A world where members advance their careers and the field, and impact real lives. Help us create that world. Without additional funding and support, students will gravitate toward other fields, behavioral medicine will remain a “best kept secret,” and lives will continue to be cut short by preventable diseases. You can make a difference. You can create transformative change.
Your 2023 Gift ►2024 Impact
How Can I Help?
- Donate online
- Print off a donation or pledge form and mail directly to SBM.
- Make a year-end gift through stock donations, QCDs or IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts, donor-advised funds, or a corporate matched gift. Check out our Giving Guide for more information about how to make your donation today.
- Sponsor an annual event
- Donate In Honor or In Memory through a named award, lectureship, or honor fund.
- Participate in the Battle of the SIGs competition by making a donation online and selecting your home SIG! The winning SIG receives an SBM-sponsored happy hour at the 2025 Annual Meeting in San Francisco as well as a trophy that will be displayed for all to see.
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.
Become a Sustaining Donor!
With monthly gifts made by Sustaining Donors, we are able to maintain a steady and reliable stream of revenue for SBM – which is important now, more than ever as we continue to face multiple public health crises. The incredible support provided by this dedicated group ensures consistent, ongoing funding to leadership development opportunities, policy advocacy, and science communication efforts.
Thanks to ongoing gifts to the Proven Science—Better HealthTM Giving Campaign, we’ve been able to:
- Offer 4 new named awards to behavioral medicine scientists across all career levels
- Provide Diversity Institute and Leadership Institute tuition assistance
- Waive conference fees for underrepresented scientists
- Release new Healthy Living Articles and corresponding press releases
- Train our Policy Advocacy Ambassadors on how to build relationships with legislators
- Share policy position statements directly with legislators and their aides
- Contribute to the success of the science communication toolkit