Research ethics, what is it good for?
Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Brenda Curtis, PhD; Celia Fisher, PhD; Nicole Overstreet, PhD; and John Sauceda, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Brenda Curtis, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Technology and Translational Research Unit within the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program. Dr. Curtis research focus is translational, leveraging social media and big data methodology to form the development, evaluation, and implementation of technology-based tools that address substance use and related conditions such as HIV/AIDS.   Understanding techniques people use to gather information online and how that information is processed has influenced her development of a web-based smoking cessation intervention; an online adolescent screening, brief information, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program; and an adolescent safer sex and pregnancy prevention intervention CD-ROM. Dr. Curtis employs multiple methodologies to facilitate the flow of scientific discovery to practical application allowing her to not only reach under-served populations, but to design health monitoring and behavioral change interventions that are user-centered, inclusive, and evidence-based.

Celia B. Fisher, PhD, is the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology and the founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the NIDA funded Fordham University Training Institute on HIV Prevention Research Ethics. Dr. Fisher has made significant scientific contributions to increasing the health and welfare of vulnerable populations and to regulations protecting their rights. She chaired the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) subcommittee on Research Involving Children, the APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force, and has been a member of other national panels including the National Academies' Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the NIMH Data Safety and Monitoring Board, Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children, the APA/SAMSHA Expert Panel on Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.

Her NIDA funded HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Institute, now in its 9th year has to date supported over 40 early career scientists, including over 30% ethnic minority scientists. Her research on the rights and welfare of ethnic minority youth in research, adult ethnic and sexual minority PWID and PLWH, adults with developmental disabilities, college students with substance use problems, and front-line community researchers has been supported by NIDA, NICHD NIAID, NIAAA, NSF and most recently NIMHD on ethical issues in research involving LGBT youth (with B, Mustanski). She is the author of over 200 articles and chapters, 8 edited volumes, and Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists (4th edition, 2017). Her awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protections, the America Psychological Association 2017 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education, and named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nicole M. Overstreet, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Clark University. Her program of research examines sociocultural factors that contribute to mental and sexual health disparities among marginalized groups. Her primary research examines the consequences of intimate partner violence-related stigma on health outcomes from a multi-level perspective (i.e., personal, interpersonal, and structural levels). Her second line of work focuses on the influence of societal stereotypes around race and gender on the sexual health and well-being of marginalized groups. Dr. Overstreet was the recipient of research funding as a Fordham HIV Research Ethics Training Institute Fellow.

John Sauceda, PhD is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He primary line of research is aimed at using adaptive interventions to improve mental health outcomes and reduce health disparities among Latino/a communities impacted by HIV, and his secondary line of research focuses on the decision-making processes, and psychological assessment of, PLWH participating in HIV cure trials.

Everything you need to know about finding and hiring a developer (or dev shop) to build your digital health intervention
Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kate Wolin, ScD and Jeff Cohen
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Jeff is all about teaching, building, and writing. He has 25+ years of building high-quality software and managing projects and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. He teaches courses in web development and applied software engineering and conducts corporate training for select institutions throughout the year. For the past 10 years, Jeff has run a software consulting studio, Purple Workshops. The studio specializes in writing software for high-compliance environments such as HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, and FERPA. If you need any technical consulting advice or custom software development for your next project, feel free to get in touch.

Dr. Kate Wolin is a serial entrepreneur and behavioral epidemiologist. She is a co-founder of Coeus Health, which aims to speed the translation of research tested health and wellness programs to the real world. Coeus Health has an SBIR from NIDDK focused on making an evidence-based weight management program that easily integrates into a variety of settings and platforms. She is also a co-host of the To Health With It podcast. She was previously was CEO and co-founder of ScaleDown, a clinically-proven weight loss program that leverages the science of self-regulation and daily self weighing. ScaleDown was acquired by Anthem, Inc in December 2017. Dr. Wolin spent much of her career conducting research on the intersection of lifestyle behaviors and chronic-disease outcomes before transitioning to the private sector working to bring evidence based solutions to market. She has built an international reputation, generating more than $4 million in federal research funding and contributing to over 75 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books.
Twitter handle: @drkatewolin

Strategies for increasing the transparency of your behavioral medicine research
Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Megan McVay, PhD; Laura Scherer; and Ian Sullivan
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Megan McVay is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Health Education and Behavior. She conducts research on behavioral aspects of weight management, with a focus on initiation and sustained engagement in evidence-based approaches to weight management among adults with obesity. She is currently chair of the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Publication & Communication Council.
Twitter handle: @MeganMcVay1

Laura Scherer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine. Her research seeks to understand how people form medical preferences, decide to seek healthcare or not, and engage in shared decision making. This research addresses broader issues related to psychological factors that drive healthcare utilization and receipt of high versus low-benefit care.
Twitter handle: @ldscherer

Ian Sullivan is the Transparency and Openness Training Coordinator at the Center for Open Science. He works to help raise awareness of issues leading to reproducibility challenges for research and of methodological and workflow approaches that researchers can implement to help address those issues. Ian has a deep interest in free software, free knowledge, and book digitization. He lives in Richmond, VA with his family.
Twitter handle: @ianatcos

Behavioral Informatics - The intersection of big data, technology, and behavioral science
Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: David Ahern, PhD and Nnamdi Ezeanochie, DrPH
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Dr. Ahern is the Director of the Digital Behavioral Health & Informatics Research Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School. Over his 35-year career, Dr. Ahern has focused on the intersection of informatics and behavioral science to improve health and healthcare. He was National Program Director for the Health e-Technologies Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002-2009 where he managed a technology research portfolio of 26 grants promoting the use of technology for health behavior change and chronic disease management. He has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and technical reports. In 2013, Dr. Ahern began a detail to the National Cancer Institute whereby he served as a special advisor on health information technology (HIT) to the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. During his tenure at NCI, he has co-edited a book entitled Oncology Informatics published by Elsevier and co-facilitated the President’s Cancer Panel workshop series on Connected Health, with release of the final report to President Obama in November 2016.  In 2017, Dr. Ahern began a detail with Connect2Health Task Force of the Federal Communications Commission.  In that role he serves as Co-Chair of the L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking & Amplifying User Centered Networks for Connected Health) Initiative which is a public-private partnership to co-create patient-centered technologies for cancer symptom management in rural and underserved communities (www.fcc.gov/health/cancer).

Nnamdi Ezeanochie is a Senior Manager on the Behavior Science and Analytics team. He has extensive professional experience in technology-based health care and behavioral science implementation and research, with a unique focus on developing-country settings. His research expertise focuses on mobile technology adoption and implementation, health care program management, community and health behavior services, IT healthcare solutions, and disease outbreak management. Prior to joining Health and Wellness Solutions, Nnamdi served as a Senior Research Associate at mHealth Impact Lab, Colorado School of Public Health, where he led efforts on evidence generation and research protocols standardization for behavior science-enhanced mHealth interventions both globally and within the US. Nnamdi holds a DrPH in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Colorado, an MPH with focus on International Development from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and an MD from the University of Nigeria. At the Health and Wellness Solutions, Nnamdi focuses on providing scientific requirements that inform effective behavior change solutions (digital and non-digital). Nnamdi has several relevant peer-reviewed publications and has won academic and practice awards. Most notably was the Lawrence W. Green PAPER OF THE YEAR award 2017. This award was in recognition of his high level of scholarship and making a singularly important contribution to the behavior science literature.

An interactive tool to explore links between behavior change techniques and theory
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Lauren Connell Bohlen, PhD and Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Lauren Connell Bohlen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on theories of health behavior change, the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions for low-active adults, and increasing the public’s access to evidence-based interventions for physical activity promotion. https://web.uri.edu/kinesiology/meet/lauren-bohlen/

Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London (www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change). She is co-Director of NIHR’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit, leads UCL’s membership of NIHR’s School of Public Health Research and is an NIHR Senior Investigator.
Professor Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to complex intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organisational and individual level interventions. Examples include the Human Behavior Change Project (www.humanbehaviourchange.org) and Complex Systems for Sustainability and Health www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/research/research-projects/cussh.
She serves as an expert advisor to Public Health England and the UK Department of Health and Social Care, is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Social Sciences Advisory Committee and chaired the Academy of Social Science’s ‘Health of People’ project.
Twitter handles: @SusanMichie @UCLBehaveChange

Webinar Recordings

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)/pre-doctoral interns, no prerequisite knowledge required.


Enhancing the Mentorship Experience -- Perspectives from Mentors and Mentees
Date: October 18, 2018

This webinar will present informational resources, along with personal experiences, on making the most of a mentoring relationship. Common issues for both mentors and mentees will be addressed, including choosing your mentor/mentee, best practices for engaging your mentor/mentee, and defining your relationship and expectations with a mentor/mentee. We will also spend time addressing challenges that may arise in the transition from “mentee” to “mentor” including ways to build mentoring skills in the early stages of one’s career.  The webinar will conclude with a live Q and A session. The intended audience for this webinar includes mentees/students/postdoctoral fellows, new (early career) mentors, and mid-to-senior career mentors wishing to improve mentoring relationships. There is no prerequisite knowledge.

Applying for the NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for Health Disparities
Date: October 11, 2018

This webinar will review the application process for applicants applying to the NIMHD LRP for Health Disparities Research (L60). We will discuss the application process for new and renewal (extramural) applications. We cannot give specific responses on individual applications.  We will cover parts of the application that you need to complete, the documents that you should have on hand, the timeline from submission until the award, and expectations if your application was successful. The intended audience for this webinar would be mentored (junior faculty, post-docs and trainees) and non-mentored applicants.

Transition from Postdoctoral Fellowship to Junior Faculty
Date: September 20, 2018

This webinar will discuss tips and techniques applicable to transitioning from a postdoctoral fellow to a junior faculty member, including how to lead a team, project management, time management, and grant management. The intended audience for this webinar would be those who are currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship, those on the job market, and recently hired junior faculty members.

BIT SIG Webinar

Using Smartphones to Identify and Intervene Upon Mechanisms of Behavior Change
Date: September 6, 2018

Dr. Businelle will discuss his work using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data to estimate imminent risk of smoking lapse and intervene in real time with Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI). He will also provide an overview of the versatile Insight mHealth Platform, which facilitates the development of advanced mobile apps that aim to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases (i.e., mental, physical), supplement treatments, and improve quality of life. The intended audience includes researchers at all career levels (e.g., pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, faculty) who are interested in using smartphones as data collection and/or intervention tools.

BIT SIG Webinar

Collaborating to Disseminate Worksite Health and Well-Being Research
Date: August 30, 2018

This webinar will provide SBM members with information about The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and its activities, as a way to identify opportunities for SBM members to disseminate their research and share expertise. Opportunities include contributing to articles in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research on HERO webinars, and promoting their research in HERO member newsletters. The webinar will also provide an overview of the HERO Scorecard and discuss its potential use as a research tool.

BIT SIG Webinar

Thriving and Not Just Surviving Career Change After Academia
Date: July 19, 2018

Dr. Brent Van Dorsten is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in health and pain psychology and behavioral medicine assessment and treatment at the Colorado Center for Behavioral Medicine. At the CCBM, Dr. Van Dorsten is also involved in federally funded clinical research, national and international continuing education, forensic medicine and psychology assessments, and organizational/administration for several regional and national organizations. This seminar will review opportunities and considerations for research, teaching, program development and administration, clinical work and business/industry consulting after leaving an academic career and pursuing community opportunities. The webinar will be appropriate for all levels of experience, and for professionals in primarily teaching, research or clinical positions.

Critical Issues to Consider When Measuring Affect and Perceived Norms
Date: June 21, 2018

Measurement of constructs that are central to behavior change theories is an often overlooked, yet critical, issue to the advancement of our science. Good measurement of constructs allows for the precise test of interventions and of the theories in which they are rooted; poor measurement undermines these objectives. In this webinar, findings relevant to current limitations in the measurement of prevalent constructs in health behavior research (e.g., attitudes, affect, perceived norms) will be presented. The research presented will bring to light critical measurement issues for attitudes, affect and perceived norms, which can spark new interest in finding ways to improve their measurement.

BIT SIG Webinar

Transitioning from Graduate Student to Postdoc and Early Career
Date: May 3, 2018

Transitioning from graduate studies to a professional career path can be difficult. Having an idea of what to expect can make these transitions easier. In this webinar, SBM's Behavioral Informatics and Technology Special Interest Group brings  Kaitlin Roke, PhD Manager of Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at the Canadian Sugar Institute; Ajeng Puspitasari, PhD,  assistant professor at Mayo Clinic College of Science and Medicine and a Clinical Director at Mayo Clinic’s new residential treatment program for adults with serious mental illness; and Carly Goldstein, PhD, assistant professor at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital and Brown and Alpert Medical School, three individuals in their early-career stage from two different professions (nutrition and psychology) who had experience in academia and industry. They discuss their transition from PhD student to post-doctoral fellowship to current position. 

HBIC Webinar

Tips for Successful Grant Writing for the Health & Behavior International Collaborative Award
Date: April 4, 2018

This webinar provides tips and best practices for grant-writing for small professional organization awards, specifically the Health & Behavior International Collaborative Award. This award ($3,000; submission deadline May 1) is jointly sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, International Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychosomatic Society. The award's purpose is to facilitate a visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor.

SOBC Webinar

Introducing the Science of Behavior Change Online Repository of Measures of Behavior Change Mechanisms
Date: March 29, 2018

 Supported by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund, the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) program seeks to improve the understanding of mechanisms underlying human behavior change by applying an experimental medicine approach to behavior change research. This August, SOBC launched an Internet-based measures repository where researchers can learn about and download measures of key behavior change mechanisms. Research funded during stage one of SOBC (2009-14) identified three broad classes of intervention targets that are highly relevant to the mechanisms underlying behavior change: self-regulation; stress reactivity and stress resilience; and interpersonal and social processes. This aided the development of a reliable and valid way to measure engaged targets through experimental manipulation or interventions. This measurement focus has been the foundation for the current stage two phase of the SOBC Research Network (2015-present). Initial findings from stage one have informed the population of the