Best practices and resources for meaningful community engagement in behavioral research to promote health equity
Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Linda Ko, PhD; Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD; and Larkin Strong, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


The overall goal of this webinar is to provide attendees with a set of best practices and resources for integrating community engagement into behavioral research. We will use three case studies to highlight these best practices and resources. Specifically, we will provide background and rationale for integrating community engagement, especially for health equity research, as well as a common set of definitions and terminology. Through the case studies, we will highlight best practices for forming partnerships, maintaining partnerships throughout the course of a research project, sustaining partnerships over the long term after a research project ends, and evaluating partnerships to understand their effectiveness. Finally, we will conclude with suggestions for overcoming typical challenges in community-engaged research.

Dr. Linda Ko, the director of the Health Communication Research Center, is a behavioral scientist with expertise in health communication strategies to promote behavior change. Her research aims to understand community’s behavior within the socio-cultural context, develop interventions for those behaviors, and disseminate knowledge through community-based participatory research. Dr. Ko received a PhD degree from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is an Associate Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Family Medicine, and the Co-Director of the community engagement program at the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences (Clinical and Translational Science Award). Dr. Ko is the PI and Co-I on a number of studies that use community-based participatory approach funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford School of Medicine. An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Goldman Rosas’ research focuses on addressing  disparities in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and cancer among racial/ethnic minority families. This research features rigorous quantitative and qualitative methodologies, participatory qualitative approaches, and shared leadership with patient and community partners. She is passionate about integrating patients, caregivers, community organizations, and other key stakeholders in the research process in order to affect the greatest improvements in health and well-being. As a reflection of this passion, Dr. Goldman Rosas serves as the Faculty Director for the School of Medicine Office of Community Engagement and the Stanford Cancer Institute Community Outreach and Engagement Program. In these roles, she supports other faculty and patient and community partners to develop sustainable and meaningful partnerships to support transformative research. In addition to research, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has a special focus on increasing diversity in biomedical research.

Larkin Strong, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. A theme throughout her work is the recognition that health and health behaviors are embedded within social, physical, economic, and cultural contexts. Her research aims to understand how social, cultural, and environmental influences help to shape patterns of cancer preventive behaviors in minority and underserved populations, with the ultimate objective of translating research findings into health promotion efforts that stimulate meaningful change in opportunities for and adoption of healthy lifestyles. Dr. Strong works in minority and underserved communities and uses a community-engaged research approach to guide her work. She is interested in developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promote healthy lifestyles with a particular emphasis on physical activity and healthy eating. Dr. Strong’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and through institutional funding. She is the PI of an R01 to evaluate the effectiveness of a family-focused community health worker-delivered intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity in dyads of Latino adults in the Houston area. Dr. Strong also recently completed a novel social network-based pilot intervention to promote physical activity and build social support in dyads of African American and Latina women. Finally, she was a recipient of a Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society that facilitated her training and research in the investigation of pathways linking physical and social environments to physical activity and sedentary behaviors in diverse samples of adults.

Accelerating Behavioral Medicine Science to Address the Critical Health Challenge of Gun Violence
Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters:  Patrick Carter, PhD; Alan Christensen, PhD; and Rebecca Cunningham, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


The current “state of the evidence” regarding gun violence research will be reviewed.  Individual level, community level, and policy factors associated with risk for gun violence and the morbidity and mortality associated with firearm-related injuries will be discussed. The take-home message of the webinar will be that gun violence has the potential to be understood much the same way as many other public health threats have been understood, through systematic scientific inquiry that utilizes the best available scientific methods adopted from a range of public health disciplines and informs practice and policy. Presenters will discuss how behavioral medicine needs to and can progress in order to meet the challenges presented by gun violence. 

Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the Assistant Director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center. He completed his clinical training and chief residency in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, followed by a two-year NIH T32-funded research fellowship. His current research is within the field of firearm injury prevention, specifically the development, testing, and implementation of emergency department (ED)‐based interventions to decrease firearm violence, youth violence, and associated risk behaviors such as substance use among high‐risk urban youth populations. He also has a line of research focused on using intensive longitudinal data, collected via innovative m-health applications, to characterize epidemiological and contextual factors underlying adolescent firearm behaviors. Dr. Carter is a member of the leadership team for the NICHD-funded Firearm Safety among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium, which is an NIH-supported effort to build greater scientific capacity for pediatric firearm safety research. He is the current Chair of the ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, serves as an Assistant Editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and has served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group focused on developing a firearm research agenda for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Carter has research funding as a PI or Co-I on grants from NIDA, NIAAA, CDCP, and NICHD, all focused within the field of violence and injury prevention.
Twitter: @cartpatr

Dr. Christensen is a clinical health psychologist and clinical researcher.  His research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs and involves the study of medical regimen adherence and behavioral self-management among patients with chronic and complex medical problems. A longstanding, underlying feature of his research has been a conceptual and methodological focus on the interactive relations among individuals and the social, environmental, and clinical contexts within which they manage their own health and healthcare.
Twitter: @AJChristensen8

Dr. Cunningham is a Professor in the U-M Department of Emergency Medicine, Interim Vice President for Research, U-M Office of Research, Director of the CDC-funded U-M Injury Prevention Center, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the U-M School of Public Health, and Principal Investigator, Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium (FACTS) . Her expertise is in ED-based research on substance use, violence, and other negative outcomes, particularly among children, and the development and application of behavioral interventions in the ED setting. In directing the Injury Prevention Center (one of nine centers in the nation), Dr. Cunningham conceptualizes, oversees, and guides the short and long-term missions of the Injury Prevention Center. She has led large multidisciplinary teams of investigators through the conduct of several R01 proposals, including longitudinal studies evaluating interventions, service utilization, and mental health outcomes among youth with assault-related injury (NIDA, Project FYI), and the subsequent five-year methodological cohort evaluation.
Twitter: @StrohCunningham

Development and Validity of a Workplace Health Promotion Best Practices Assessment
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH and Mary Imboden, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


The workplace has been identified as a strategic setting for influencing the health and well-being of adult populations, as a majority of the US population spends a significant amount of time in their workplace. Socio-ecologic models support the need to attend to environmental factors that influence health behaviors and downstream health outcomes. Several assessment instruments have been developed to identify evidence-based strategies employers can use to promote employee health outcomes, but many are quite long and create significant burden for organizations to complete, making them challenging to use as part of workplace health promotion research. The HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer (HERO Scorecard) is a tool that takes an average of 45 to 60 minutes to complete. A recently published study was conducted to identify a reduced set of measures from the HERO Scorecard applicable for research purposes and to examine the reliability and validity of the shorter version. This webinar will provide an overview of the HERO Scorecard and briefly describe the research supporting the utility and applicability of the new shortened version for use in workplace health promotion research.

Dr. Jessica Grossmeier is a worksite wellness thought leader with more than 25 years of experience advancing individual and population health. Serving the past 18 years as an outcome's researcher, Jessica has executed research studies demonstrating health and financial outcomes for wellness programs sponsored by numerous large, national employers. More recently, her research has focused on identifying best practice approaches to workplace wellness initiatives that are associated with superior health and business outcomes. Jessica currently serves as Vice President of Research at the Health Enhancement Research Organization and is co-editor of The Art of Health Promotion section of the American Journal of Health Promotion. She also serves on several industry advisory boards.

Mary is the membership manager and research associate for HERO. As the membership manager, she is the point of contact for all HERO members. Mary’s research associate role engages her in HERO research committees and HERO-sponsored research projects. Mary received her PhD in human bioenergetics from Ball State University with a primary focus in clinical exercise physiology. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications in this area, as well as presented her research findings at the national level. Mary is also a professor in the Kinesiology Department at George Fox University and an adjunct professor in the Healthy Lifestyle Practitioner Certificate program at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

SBM Annual Meeting 101
Date: January 23, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Michael Diefenbach, PhD; Alison Phillips, PhD; Dori Steinberg, PhD; and Madalina Sucala
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


This webinar will give you the “inside” scoop on the SBM annual meeting! Whether it is your first time attending or you simply want to get the most out of your meeting experience, this webinar will help you navigate the annual meeting like a veteran. Our panel of experts will provide an overview of the annual meeting structure, highlight must-see presentations and must-do activities, and share their “lessons learned” from attending past SBM annual meetings. The panel represents the diverse membership of SBM, including representatives from academia and industry. The webinar will conclude with a live Q and A session.

Michael A. Diefenbach is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Urology and Psychiatry at Northwell Health and the School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. He is the Director of Behavioral Research in the Departments of Medicine and Urology and the Academic Director of the Faculty Research Career Development Program. He is a founding member of the Center of Health Innovation and Outcomes Research, and co-directs the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the Monter Cancer Center. Dr. Diefenbach’s research explores treatment decision making in the cancer and medical settings. As a health/social psychologist he focuses on developing theory-based patient-facing programs. The ultimate goal of his research is to improve patients’ decision making, adjustment to disease and quality of life. His interest in decision making culminated in the publication of the edited Handbook of Health Decision Science. Dr. Diefenbach has been a member of SBM for over 20 years and has served a variety of functions within the Society. He was the program co-chair and chair for two annual meetings (2009 and 2010), served as chair of the Cancer SIG, served as SBM’s Secretary/Treasurer, and is currently SBM’s President. He is a Fellow of SBM and a recipient of the C. Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award.
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L. Alison Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University. Dr. Phillips studies the processes by which individuals develop and maintain health-related habits, particularly medication adherence and regular physical activity. These processes include belief/attitude formation, experience that a behavior has expected results, intrinsic motivation and self-identification with the behavior, and stable context cues for the behavior. Dr. Phillips has been a member of SBM since 2009 and currently co-chairs the SBM Program Committee.
Follow Dr. Phillips on Twitter @LAlisonPhillips!

Dori Steinberg earned her B.S. in nutrition from the Cornell University, her M.S. in public health from Harvard University, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a registered dietitian and completed her dietetic training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She started at Duke as a postdoctoral fellow in 2012 with the Duke Obesity Prevention Program. She is currently an associate professor at the School of Nursing and the Duke Global Health Institute. She is also associate director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center. Dr. Steinberg's research focuses primarily on technology-based interventions for weight control, dietary change, and chronic disease management among adults. In particular, how we can leverage connected mobile devices to improve adherence to self-monitoring behaviors. As a BIRCWH scholar at Duke, Dr. Steinberg will test ways to leverage commercial diet tracking apps to improve adherence to the DASH diet among women with hypertension. This work aims to better understand how we can use mobile technologies to disseminate evidence-based dietary guidelines. Dr. Steinberg has been a member of SBM since 2009 and currently co-chairs the SBM Program Committee.
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Madalina Sucala is Senior Manager of Behavior Science at Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Dr. Sucala is passionate about applying data-driven behavioral science and innovative technology to increase access to evidence-based solutions and improve health outcomes. She has over 10 years of academic research training in cognitive psychology and behavioral medicine, combined with industry experience in leading the development, evaluation, and implementation of digital health products and services. Dr. Sucala has been a member of SBM since 2012 and currently serves on SBM’s Digital Health Council.
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Webinar Recordings


Pilot to RCT
Date: November 14, 2019

Various researchers will be discussing the ins and outs of launching a pilot study, and taking the study from a pilot-phase to a randomized control trial (RCT). Specific topics include creation of a timeline during the planning phase of research, the peer review process, team building, and failed R01 attempts.


An interactive tool to explore links between behavior change techniques and theory
Date: November 7, 2019

This webinar will present an interactive, web-based tool which provides information about how behavior change techniques (BCTs) link to theoretical mechanisms of action (MoAs). This tool was developed by triangulating evidence from the behavior change literature with the results of a consensus exercise among behavior change experts. First, the evidence from two research studies supporting the development of the interactive tool will be described. Next, the results of triangulating the two sources of evidence will be presented alongside a demonstration of how to use the interactive tool.  The interactive tool can support the work of intervention designers, behavior change researchers, and those who study behavior change theory.


Behavioral Informatics - The intersection of big data, technology, and behavioral science
Date: October 24, 2019

As technology’s presence in the field of behavioral medicine continues to become more prolific, so do the opportunities to use data in the continuous optimization of behavior change interventions.  In this webinar, expert speakers representing both industry and academic perspectives will introduce the field of informatics in the context of behavioral science.  The evolution of behavioral informatics will be discussed, as well as where the connected health ecosystem is today.  In an industry case study, expert speakers will explore opportunities and challenges with using informatics to scale interventions.  Final discussions will attempt to address one of the most challenging problems in the field—how might we bring rigorous science into the process without slowing the pace of innovation? Intended audience for the webinar would be researchers or industry professionals working in digital health and interested in learning more about the field of behavioral informatics and how they can use it to enhance their work.

Strategies for increasing the transparency of your behavioral medicine research
Date: October 10, 2019

Transparent and open science practices are increasingly valued by research funders, academic journals, and the public. Increased research transparency has potential to increase research rigor, reproducibility, and access. This webinar will discuss three approaches to increase transparency in the research process: study pre-registration; open access data; and registered report publications. For each of these three topics, we will provide an overview of recommended practices; describe potential challenges to implementing these practices and possible ways to address these challenges; and provide resources for further learning. Study pre-registration is currently required for clinical trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by many journals, but pre-registration has value beyond clinical trials. We will discuss pre-registration of study design and analytic plan across a range of study types, as well as strategies to improve on clinical trial registration. A data sharing plan is currently required by NIH for certain grants and is requested by some journals. We will discuss the different approaches to sharing data, and discuss the benefits and challenges of making data and analytic code available for download in a public repository, as well as discuss challenges to open access data  (e.g., sensitive data). Registered reports are a journal publication format where a research project is approved for publication prior to research data being obtained. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing registered reports and present the status of behavioral medicine-relevant journals with regard to offering registered report format.

Everything you need to know about finding and hiring a developer (or dev shop) to build your digital health intervention
Date: October 3, 2019

Dr. Kate Wolin will moderate a discussion with Jeff Cohen about hiring and working effectively with software developers. Jeff was the head instructor at the first learn to code program in the country (and Kate’s teacher) and has helped many start-ups (including Kate’s) build effective and scalable technology solutions. He’ll talk about how you can find the right fit and set your work together up for success.

Research ethics, what is it good for?
Date: September 26, 2019

Understanding a population’s values and concerns is essential to the development and implementation of valid and effective research. Creating an empirical basis for the ethical decisions being made in research and practice is necessary to inform ethical choices by investigators, practitioners, and institutional review boards (IRBs). This webinar will overview the importance of conducting research on ethical questions as well as provide three examples of studies that inform ethical decision making. This webinar is intended for behavioral health researchers and practitioners; Institutional Review Board Members. No prerequisite knowledge or experience required.

Research in Cancer Caregiving: Themes, Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities
Date: September 12, 2019

Cancer has long been recognized as a disease that not only affects the individual but also their intimate partners and close family members who often provide emotional support and caregiving. In response, over the past two decades, a burgeoning scientific literature on cancer caregiving has emerged. In this workshop, three speakers with research experience and expertise in this domain will: (1) Provide an overview of non-interventional research on cancer caregiving (common research designs and methods, dependent variables assessed, stage of cancer examined, key findings, themes, and gaps); (2) Provide an overview of interventional research on cancer caregiving (delivery modalities, therapeutic strategies, intervention targets); and (3) Discuss research challenges, opportunities, and future directions, with an emphasis on the need to fuse science and implementation. This webinar is intended to comment on the current state of cancer caregiving science to foster continued research on this important topic given increasing and extended demands on informal caregivers.


What Makes for a Good Podcast?
Date: August 8, 2019

This webinar aims to provide an introduction on key elements and strategies for creating a successful podcast on a health topic. Topics discussed will include:

  • What is a podcast?
  • Podcast production: processes and tips
  • Strategies for a successful podcast (e.g., types of questions that make for a good podcast; how guests should prepare for a interview podcast, disseminating podcasts).

This webinar is intended for trainee, early career, mid-career, and senior-level individuals interested in gaining more knowledge about participating in podcasts. No prerequisite knowledge or experience needed.


Spotlight on Graduate and Trainee Research
Date: July 25, 2019

This webinar features graduate and trainee research that includes work in progress to completed studies. Interdisciplinary, Ignite talks will showcase physical activity promotion using a variety of methodologies such as randomized controlled trials to community-based participatory research in veterans, Black women, American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as cancer survivors. Join us for a fast-paced and stimulating research webinar highlighting select work from our membership! Presenters include Michelle Pebole (Research Co-ordinator, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System), Maja Pedersen (PhD student, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana), Emily Erlenbach (PhD student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Dr. Loneke T. Blackman Carr (Postdoctoral Associate, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University). Webinar attendees will be exposed to a variety of research that will stimulate conversations for research collaborations and future research directions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide study feedback. Physical Activity SIG co-chairs, Linda Trinh, PhD and Dori Rosenberg, PhD, will moderate.


Using Person-First Language in Diabetes
Date: July 18, 2019

Language is powerful and plays an important role in how an individual conceptualizes their disease and its management, treatment outcomes, and psychosocial well-being. For people with diabetes, language can impact their motivation, behaviors, and outcomes. Metonymy, or the substitution of the name of an attribute for that of the thing meant (e.g., labeling a person as diabetic as opposed to a person with diabetes), marginalizes the people affected by their disease. In addition, metonymy generates social distance between the people affected by their disease, their family, friends, and health care providers. Person-first language can help to alleviate the stress of managing a chronic disease or medical diagnosis. This panel will discuss guidelines that promote the use of person-first language from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Psychological Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is to inform researchers, educators, and clinicians about metonymy in order to promote the use of person-first language to avoid dehumanizing or stigmatizing people with diabetes.


Applying the ORBIT Model to Develop and Refine an Intervention to Promote Healthy Habits
Date: June 20, 2019

Significant advances in our understanding of the fundamental psychological, cognitive, affective and social bases of human behavior, coupled with new frameworks, such as the Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) model for behavioral treatment development, can accelerate the design of potentially more effective and enduring behavior change interventions. In this webinar, we will apply the ORBIT model to the development and optimization of interventions aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. First, Dr. Susan Czajkowski will describe the rationale, phases, and key features of the ORBIT model. Dr. Alison Phillips will then present two experiments that are designed to advance our conceptual understanding of health-related habits and that illustrate early phases of the ORBIT model. Both experiments test a standard planning (action and coping planning) intervention for forming health-related habits. The first experiment helps define (ORBIT Phase 1a) the nature of a “higher order” dietary habit of filling half of one’s dinner plate with fruits and vegetables (meeting US MyPlate Guidelines). The second experiment helps refine (ORBIT Phase 1b) a planning intervention by determining whether (and for which behavior) the intervention needs to be tailored to an individual difference factor (diurnal preference, or “morningness-eveningness”). These talks will illustrate the value of using translational frameworks such as the ORBIT model to define interventional targets and enable more precise tailoring of behavior change interventions.


A Health Profile of Older Veterans: Implications and Opportunities for Behavioral Medicine Research
Date: May 2, 2019

The size of the US military veteran population is substantial, at 18.2 million; over 50% of this population is 65 years or older. Military veterans over the age of 65 represent the largest patient group served by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These individuals have unique life experiences, lifestyle behaviors, and psychosocial characteristics that contribute to both health advantages, and disparities, later in life. This webinar will broadly explore the health effects of military service, providing an overview of population-level health profiles of older veterans in the context of lifestyle, chronic disease, and health behaviors. Areas of active behavioral medicine research will be presented, as will opportunities for novel interventions targeting this population. Finally, a case study of tailored exercise intervention for older veterans with comorbid physical and mental health conditions will be discussed. The intended audience would be health behavior researchers, clinical providers, population health, graduate students and post-doctoral trainees, health psychology practitioners.


Getting SMART about Developing Adaptive Behavioral Interventions
Date: April 25, 2019

Adaptive interventions (AIs) use decision rules to operationalize personalized sequences of treatment or support. These decision rules specify for whom, whether, when, and/or how to change up treatment at critical points along the intervention, and allow practitioners to capitalize on heterogeneity in response to ensure optimal intervention effectiveness. However, open scientific questions frequently prevent scientists from building optimally effective adaptive interventions. In this webinar, we will introduce AIs as well as one experimental design that can be used to inform the development of optimal AIs, the sequential multiple-assignment randomized trial (SMART). SMARTs are intended specifically for empirically informing optimal AIs, by randomizing participants at key decision points to different treatment options. In this talk we will (1) discuss the importance of AIs; (2) provide an overview of SMARTs; and (3) explore key SMART design principles, including common primary and secondary aims. Concepts will be illustrated using SMART studies aimed at developing adaptive behavioral interventions. 


Digital Health Decision-Making Checklist: Designed for Researchers
Date: April 18, 2019

Digital technologies including apps, wearable sensors, social networks and other emerging technologies offer researchers new approaches to test personalized and adaptive health interventions tailored to an individual. Yet, research studies leveraging technologies to capture personal health data involve critical and nuanced technical and ethical aspects that require consideration by researchers during the study design phase when determining what digital technologies are appropriate. No guidance exists to facilitate responsible digital technology selection for research purposes. We will describe a stakeholder-engaged and iterative approach used to develop, test, and refine a checklist designed to aid researchers in selecting technologies for their research. The resulting checklist contains four decision-making domains with prompts/questions and ethical principles embedded within: usability, evidence, data management and interoperability.  The final checklist is located on the CORE platform (http://thecore.ucsd.edu/tools) and can be accessed by researchers who are planning to use digital technologies in their research. This checklist is the first step in leading the narrative of decision-making domains important to behavioral scientists when selecting digital health technologies for research. Given the dynamic and rapidly evolving nature of digital health technology use in research, this tool will need to be further evaluated for usefulness in technology selection.


Opioid Misuse Prevention Messaging: Delivering the Right Messages to Diverse Audiences from Patients to Providers
Date: April 11, 2019

Many well-intentioned health communication campaigns fail to cause behavior change because their messages aren’t relevant to the audience. By designing campaigns with the audience’s existing knowledge and values in mind, you can ensure that your opioid misuse prevention campaign can actually cause change.

This session will provide a strategic, evidence-based framework for opioid misuse prevention messaging that is tailored to different audiences. First, learn strategies for better understanding your audience. Then, applying those insights to create tailored messages that can actually motivate behavior change. This approach will help those developing opioid prevention campaigns and communications ensure their messages are effectively and efficiently reaching their specific audience segments. The intended audience would be practitioners, health communicators, psychologists, researchers who are interested in hearing about strategies to reach people prescribed opioids for medical use and strategies for provider communications.


Perspectives on Chronic Pain in Women: Implications for Treatment
Date: March 28, 2019

A brief overview of the unique risks and correlates of pain in women broadly will be followed by discussion of the salient challenges women and their providers face in the treatment of pain. Special attention will be focused on practical ways to optimize patient/provider interactions along with strategies to engage women in non-pharmacologic pain treatment modalities. The presentation will end with a brief discussion of a novel self-management intervention designed to address pain with a focus on Women Veterans. Intended audience is any experience level – intended for practitioners and researchers who work with patients with pain (special emphasis on women and veterans).


Behavioural Science meets Computer Science: The Human Behaviour Change Project
Date: February 7, 2019

Behaviour change is essential if major health problems such as obesity and cancer are to be tackled.  Evidence is needed by researchers, policy-makers and practitioners about intervention effectiveness across contexts, and about mechanisms of action. Such evidence is currently produced on a vast but fragmented scale and more rapidly than humans can synthesise and access.  Computers have the capacity and speed to do this task but lack the organisational structure to do this successfully. Progress in this area requires a collaboration between computer and behavioural scientists to develop a knowledge structure (‘ontology’) and apply it to the evidence, and information science to support the curation and access of evidence. 

The Human Behaviour Change Project(www.humanbehaviourchange.org) brings together behavioural, computer and information scientists to build an Artificial Intelligence system to continually scan the world literature on behaviour change, extract key information and use this to build and update the scientific understanding of human behaviour to answer variants of the ‘big question’: ‘What works, compared with what, how well, for whom, in what settings, for what behaviours and why?’


Primary Care Behavioral Health Innovations: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Department of Defense Research
Date: January 31, 2019

This webinar will summarize the history of innovations in the United States Air Force Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model of integrated care, with a focus on recent innovations such as the “BHOP First Stop” quality improvement program. Participants will be able to compare innovations piloted in the Military Health System to other healthcare organizations with a focus on understanding cultural considerations. Participants will be able to evaluate the applicability of PCBH initiatives to clinics with various demographic and cultural differences.


How to Manage Your Lab Using Project Management Techniques
Date: January 24, 2019

This webinar will provide helpful information about how to manage a research lab effectively. The 5 phases of project management (initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closing) will be reviewed in the context of research projects.  Special attention will also be paid to team identification and communication. No requisite knowledge is required to participate. Participants will learn techniques on building, managing, and maintaining a research lab.


Behavioral Medicine in Real World Settings: An Introduction to Implementation Science
Date: January 17, 2019

This webinar is a brief introduction to implementation science (ImS), often referred to as dissemination and implementation science (D&I). The overall purpose of ImS theory and design is to provide clinicians, public health practitioners and researchers with the tools to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice, policy, and public health. This webinar will provide the appropriate ImS primer for those who are collaborating, or looking to collaborate, on an implementation project or for those who are planning additional study within this discipline and want to ultimately design and lead an implementation project of their own. The presenters will provide a brief overview of models, theories and frameworks used in ImS and how these approaches help translate evidence-based behavioral medicine research into intervention strategies that are effective in real-world settings.


Grant-Writing Workshop: Submitting a Successful Specific Aims Page
Date: January 10, 2019

Graduate, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are invited to attend a webinar focused on crafting an effective specific aims page. This webinar will feature a panel of professionals with experience writing winning grant proposals. Our presenters will share advice and tips for writing a compelling and convincing specific aims page across several types of funding opportunities, including NIH F and K awards. Specific topics covered will include: 1) conceptualizing your research project (and training plan, if applicable), 2) constructing a strong argument, and 3) framing and selling your proposed project, yourself, and your research.


2019 Presidential Candidate Webinar: Monica Baskin, PhD and Brad Hesse, PhD
Date: January 8, 2019

If you missed the 2019 Presidential Candidate webinar on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, then you can watch the recorded webinar below. The candidates discussed their passions outside of work, and answered questions about SBM's top strengths and challenges. Watch the recording below to hear more about their vision for SBM.


Optimization of Behavioral Interventions – An Illustrative Example of an Adaptive Intervention
Date: December 13, 2018

This webinar will introduce participants to optimization of behavioral interventions (e.g., MOST, SMART trials, Adaptive Interventions) and use an illustrative example of the Healthy Mom Zone Intervention, an individually-tailored, adaptive intervention to manage weight gain among overweight and obese pregnant women, to explain the theoretical basis of the intervention and its components, describe the 2-phased intervention approach that led to the development of the intervention protocol and randomized intervention trial, outline  the decision rules for adapting the intervention, present preliminary findings, and discuss next steps for further optimization of the intervention in the future. This webinar is intended for all individuals interested in learning about sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART) designs in action. This webinar is designed for investigators at any level of their career. No prerequisite knowledge is required for this webinar.


Current Approaches to Physical Activity Promotion
Date: December 6, 2018

This webinar will include IGNITE-style presentations from 4 speakers who will share their novel approaches to promoting physical activity in various populations.  Dr. Leone will discuss the results of her YMCA-based exercise program focusing on improving enjoyment among women with obesity.  Dr. Whitworth will share his high intensity resistance exercise intervention for people with posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Camplain will share his research on physical activity among incarcerated individuals.  Finally, Dr. Potter will share the design of her BuddyStudy in which she is pairing inactive individuals with foster dogs.  There will be time for questions and discussion.


Challenges and Opportunities for Development Beyond Tenure
Date: November 29, 2018

This webinar provides targeted career development and mentoring on key issues that are of interest to midcareer faculty and early career professionals, including 1) juggling research, teaching, service, and mentoring obligations, 2) challenges with mid-career transitions, 3) identifying opportunities for continued growth and development, 4) preparing for the next phase of career excellence, 5) work/life flow versus balance, maintaining momentum, and much more. Presenters include Drs. Genevieve Dunton (Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, University of Southern California), Emily Mailey (Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University), Dori Rosenberg (Associate Scientific Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute), and Jeff Vallance (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University).


Engaging Patients and Communities in Your Research
Date: November 15, 2018

Science is meant to serve the public, e.g., patients and communities; however findings relevant to clinical practice take a long time to impact care and findings relevant to individual behavior are communicated via the media or not at all.  Engaging patients and communities in research as partners (as opposed to the limited role of research participant) may create more relevant and rapidly adopted findings and help resolve the science communication problem.  Speakers in this webinar will be discussing meaningful partnerships between researchers and the public. Dr. Eric Hekler will discuss a patient-led innovation project, in which Ms. Dana Lewis, a person with type I diabetes who has developed a network of patients advancing diabetes care including the creation of the first patient-create open artificial pancreas system (www.openaps.org) was the lead PI and Dr. Hekler was co- principal investigator, supporting Ms. Lewis’s research agenda. Dr. Emil Chiauzzi will discuss how PatientsLikeMe, an online platform for patient communities, engages patients in the design and implementation of their communities as well as the research conducted on patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Stephenie Lemon will discuss how her CDC Prevention Research Center engages communities in prevention research. The webinar will provide a sneak peak of exciting activities being planned at the annual meeting, including the Program Committee’s effort to, for the first time ever, actively engage patients and communities in the annual meeting.


Muscling up on mental illness – integrating exercise as routine care
Date: November 8, 2018

This webinar will outline recent advances in our understanding of the role exercise can play as a component of routine care for a range of mental disorders including depression, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. The physical and mental health effects as well as the potential of exercise as a preventative and treatment strategy will be covered.  Examples of how exercise professionals can be integrated within mental health treatment facilities and ways to facilitate culture change within psychiatric services will also be presented. Intended audience for the webinar would be any health professionals working with or interested in the evidence regarding exercise and mental illness.


Choosing the Right Postdoc
Date: October 25, 2018

This webinar will present informational resources, along with personal experiences, on selecting a postdoctoral training experience that is ultimately the best fit for a trainee.  We will start with the basics and end with a live Q and A session. The intended audience would be students (undergrad/graduate)