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Enhancing the Mentorship Experience -- Perspectives from Mentors and Mentees
Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: William M. Klein, PhD; Aisha Langford, PhD, MPH; and Jennifer Taber, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

William Klein is the Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP). He completed his B.A. in Psychology and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences at Northwestern University (1987) and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Princeton University (1991). In 2002, he became a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in the Social Psychology and Biological and Health Psychology programs. At the University of Pittsburgh, he was Director of Undergraduate Studies and a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award for his undergraduate and graduate teaching in the areas of social psychology, health psychology, and decision-making. Dr. Klein's research interests fall largely under the areas of self-judgment, risk perception, and risk communication. He has been interested in how risk perception biases are related to the processing of health communications, to health decision-making, and to health behavior; how social processes (e.g., social comparison, self-affirmation, peer influence) influence responses to personalized feedback and risk communication; the influence of affective factors such as worry on risk appraisal and health decisions; the impact of ambiguity on responses to feedback and risk messages; the role of optimism in health behavior and psychological functioning; and applications of theory to risk communication and health behavior intervention. Dr. Klein's work has appeared in over 175 publications and has been supported by NCI, the National Science Foundation, and several private foundations. Dr. Klein has mentored 19 trainees in an official capacity and countless more unofficially. He has a wealth of experience fostering the careers of emerging researchers.

Aisha Langford is an assistant professor in NYU’s School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. She received her BA in English from the University of Virginia, MPH in behavioral science from Saint Louis University, and PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. She studies how health communication can improve individual decision making and reduce population health disparities for conditions or behaviors that lead to preventable mortality and morbidity. Historically, Dr. Langford has done work in cancer prevention. Her research now includes cardiovascular disease, with a particular interest in hypertension management and related decision making for African Americans. Dr. Langford serves as a peer mentor and also mentors undergraduate and graduate students.

Jennifer Taber is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her BA in Psychology at American University and her MS and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Utah. Dr. Taber was a postdoctoral cancer research training award (CRTA) fellow for 2 years in the Behavioral Research Program of the National Cancer Institute where she received mentorship from Dr. William Klein. Her research lies at the intersection of social and health psychology and centers on promoting health behavior change across multiple domains. One of her major research interests is understanding when and why risk perceptions predict behavior and how to intervene to increase the likelihood that providing risk information will lead to behavior change, particularly in the domain of providing genetic risk feedback. Dr. Taber currently mentors PhD students in social psychology and undergraduate students in individual research projects and as research assistants.

Choosing the Right Postdoc
Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Claire C. Conley, PhD; Neha Goyal, PhD; and Tammy Schuler, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.

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.

Claire Conley, Ph.D. is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University and completed her internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, emphasizing in clinical health psychology. Her research focuses on the role of emotion and emotion regulation in decision making across the cancer survivorship trajectory. During her postdoc, she hopes to move into decision making about palliative care and hospice, as well as patient-caregiver dynamics in decision making. She also hopes to continue in clinical work and obtain licensure.

Neha Goyal, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Ohio State University and completed her internship in behavioral medicine. She completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in palliative care and hospice at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System AND a research postdoctoral fellowship in cancer survivorship at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Her research interests include the longitudinal study of quality of life of cancer patients and survivors and the development and evaluation of psychological interventions to improve quality of life and decrease distress for this population. Clinically, she specializes in working with cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers to help them cope with and navigate the psychological challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, is currently the Director of Outreach and Partnerships for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She received her PhD from The Ohio State University, completed her internship at VA Palo Alto Medical Center, and completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Her research and clinical work both focus on adjustment of couples and families to cancer diagnosis, coping with advanced cancer, sexual health, body image, and communication.

Engaging Patients and Communities in Your Research
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Emil Chiauzzi, PhD; Eric Hekler, PhD; and Stephenie Lemon, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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. 

Emil Chiauzzi, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and has served as Research Director and Principal Scientist at PatientsLikeMe, an online research network for people with chronic diseases. His current work is focused on developing interactive, patient-centered behavioral medicine tools across chronic diseases, as well as evaluating ethical issues in social media. He began his work in the inpatient and outpatient treatment of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and has directed substance abuse treatment programs. Dr. Chiauzzi was previously VP of Innovation at Inflexxion in Newton, MA. He served as PI on NIH-funded projects to develop and test technology-based programs for brief primary care alcohol intervention, impaired driving prevention in high school students, HIV prevention and smoking cessation in substance abusers, alcohol and drug prevention in college students, and CBT-based intervention and physician opioid treatment education for chronic pain.  Dr. Chiauzzi has published extensively on these topics and is the author of two books - Preventing Relapse in the Addictions and Time Effective Treatment: Substance Abuse.  

Dr. Eric Hekler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and the faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD. His research is broadly focused on advancing methods in the design, creation, optimization, evaluation, and reuse (scaling up and out) of digital health technologies. His work is inherently transdisciplinary by advancing methods via melding approaches from behavioral science/psychology, public health, human-computer interaction (HCI), control systems engineering, and computer science.  There are three interdependent themes to his research for advancing. 1) methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2) methods and processes to help people help themselves: and 3) research pipelines to achieve efficient, rigorous, context-relevant solutions for complex problems. Relevant for this, Dr. Hekler has been supporting Dana Lewis, a person with type I diabetes who is the creator of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (www.openaps.org).  Dr. Hekler is working with Ms. Lewis on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project focused on opening pathways for innovation for patient-led work (www.openingpathways.org). Prior to UCSD, he was a professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Hekler completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Rutgers University.

Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her training is in epidemiology and applied public health research, and her work focuses on areas pertaining to chronic disease prevention and control in the realms of intervention and implementation science specific to clinical settings, community settings and public health policy, with an emphasis on promoting health equity. Dr. Lemon is Director of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement section, which is leading innovations across the five UMass campuses to enhance the capacity to participate in community engaged research that are broadly applicable. She serves as Co-Director of the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center, which conducts intervention, implementation and policy research addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Greater Worcester, MA. Through this work, she has led institutional efforts to establish local, state and national community and public health partnerships.

Current Approaches to Physical Activity Promotion
Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Ricky Camplain, MSPH, PhD; Lucia Leone, PhD; Katie (Becofsky) Potter, PhD; and James Whitworth, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Dr. Camplain is a postdoctoral scholar at Northern Arizona University’s Center for Health Equity Research. She graduated with her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research has focused on physical activity and sedentary behaviors among minority and other marginalized population and has an interest in how policy and the built environment promote health behaviors. Her current research focuses on physical activity promotion among incarcerated populations.

Lucia A. Leone, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.  She also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities related to cancer and obesity.  Dr. Leone has experience in conducting and evaluating community, organizational and environmental-level interventions to increase physical activity, cancer screening and healthy diet. Current research includes studying the effectiveness and implementation of mobile produce market knows as The Veggie Van around the country. She also works with the YMCA to develop exercise programs designed to increase exercise enjoyment among women with obesity.  

Dr. Katie (Becofsky) Potter is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst. She developed an interest in studying how dogs affect physical and mental health while a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School.  She earned her PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in 2014.  Twitter handle @DrKatiePotter

James Whitworth, PhD.  Prior to my education, I served seven years in the US Army. After my service, I received a bachelor of science in exercise science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, a masters degree in applied exercise physiology, and a PhD in kinesiology from Teachers College Columbia University. I am a current T32 postdoctoral research fellow at Boston University, and I am conducting research at the National Center for PTSD within the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. My research area of interest is exercise for mental health/illness. I am particularly interested in conducting research to explore potential psychological and physiological mechanisms to explain the effects of exercise on PTSD, and related physical and mental health conditions. My recent past projects have included observational examinations of the relationship between physical activity and PTSD symptoms, as well as experimental studies exploring the effects of resistance training on PTSD.

Grant-Writing Workshop: Submitting a Successful Specific Aims Page
Date: January 10, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Carly M. Goldstein, PhD; Megan McVay, P.D; and Molly L. Tanenbaum, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Carly M. Goldstein, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown Alpert Medical School and the Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center of The Miriam Hospital. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University in 2015. Her research is focused on developing and improving mHealth interventions and prevention programs for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Much of her work involves adapting existing weight loss programs to clinical settings serving medically-complex patients including cardiac rehabilitation and primary care. Dr. Goldstein is also interested in novel research methodology such as the Multiphase Optimization Strategy and dissemination and implementation science. Her work is supported by a K23 from NHLBI and an R18 from NIDDK, and she has experience applying for many different types of funding. Twitter handle @sciCarly

Megan McVay, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior. She completed her PhD in Psychology (Clinical and Biological areas) at Louisiana State University and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. McVay conducts research on behavioral aspects of weight management. Her current work is focused on initiation and engagement in evidence-based approaches to weight management among adults with obesity. This focus stems from recognizing that the majority of adults with obesity do not initiate evidence-based weight loss treatments. To address this, she is focused on (1) developing and testing strategies that mobilize non-treatment seeking adults with obesity to enroll in empirically supported weight loss interventions and on (2) identifying or developing weight loss interventions (including preventive interventions) that are more likely to be initiated and sustained by adults with obesity. This work includes a focus on using digital health tools to address these and other aspects of weight management. In 2015, Dr. McVay received a 5-year career development grant from the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood (NHLBI) to develop and pilot test a web-based intervention to increase initiation of weight loss treatments.
Twitter handle @MeganMcVay1

Molly L .Tanenbaum, PhD, is an Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology (health emphasis) at Yeshiva University in 2015 and her predoctoral internship at Brown Alpert Medical School. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Tanenbaum's overall aim is to work to improve health and quality of life outcomes for people with diabetes. Most recently, the main focus of her research has been on barriers to uptake of diabetes devices and on designing interventions to improve uptake of beneficial technology (insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, closed loop systems). She submitted her first application for a K23 from NIDDK in Feb 2018. 

Webinar Recordings

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.

Dr. Newton is an Associate Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  His main research focuses on physical activity promotion in African American adults and children as it relates to health disparities.  Dr. Newton has lead several physical activity and weight loss interventions in African American children, adults, and older adults. These interventions have largely been conducted in community settings, including schools, community centers, neighborhoods, churches, and YMCAs. In addition, he has conducted several interventions utilizing mobile technology, including developing mobile phone apps to increase physical activity and text messages to assist with weight loss. Dr. Newton has received federal, state, foundation, and industry funding to support his research program.  He is an NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program recipient.  Dr. Newton received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida and completed his post-doctoral training at Pennington Biomedical.

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. Trained in public health, health and behavior, and health disparities research, Dr. Williams’s research primarily focuses on increasing awareness about the importance of sleep health among minority and underserved communities, increasing access to treatment for minority and underserved communities diagnosed with sleep disorders, and investigating the social determinants of sleep disturbance and its association with cardiovascular disease. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a study that is exploring the barriers and facilitators of adherence to treatment among African American and white patients duly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. Dr. Williams has worked at many academic institutions including the City University of New York, Columbia University, and Temple University. She has been interviewed for Sleep Magazine Review, the Journal for Sleep Specialist. Her research has appeared in over 50 scientific journals and conference proceedings including SLEEP, Sleep Health, Sleep Medicine, and Clinical Sleep Medicine. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed work, she has been invited to guest lecture at Yale University, Howard University, the University of North Texas, and others, to discuss her work on sleep health among minority communities. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Morgan State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Public Health, from Columbia University and her doctorate in Health and Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a recipient of the NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program and is Principal Investigator of a K23 from NIH/NHLBI. Dr. Williams is a native of Brooklyn, NY and lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with her family.

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.

Megan Shen, PhD is formally trained as a social and experimental psychologist, with specialized training in patient-provider communication. Dr. Shen is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine at the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medicine. Broadly, her research focuses on understanding and improving provider-patient communication within oncology and critical care settings. Specifically, Dr. Shen’s research has examined how aspects such as culture, religion, stigma, and other social psychological concepts influence communication and decision-making regarding end-of-life care. Some of her current research focuses on developing social psychological and communication-based interventions designed to improve engagement in advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life care communication and care outcomes among minority patients, including African American and Latino cancer patients. As a recent recipient of a K07 award, Dr. Shen aims to build her research in intervention development to improve engagement in ACP and end-of-life communication and care outcomes among Latino advanced cancer patients. Dr. Shen’s research aims to improve end-of-life care outcomes and reduce health disparities among underserved minority populations through the development and dissemination of social psychological interventions.

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.

Dr. Michael Businelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC). Over the past 17 years his research has focused on testing novel treatments and reducing health disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Businelle earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007 and completed a 2.5 year, NCI funded, postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2009. His postdoctoral training was primarily focused on using ecological momentary assessment (EMA) techniques and advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling) to test conceptual models of the mechanisms through which socioeconomic disadvantage influences smoking cessation. Since 2011, he has been the PI on 11 intervention studies that have been funded by the NIH, ACS, and internal funds and he has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the areas of smoking cessation, health disparities, and mHealth.

Dr. Businelle was recruited to the OUHSC in October 2015 to develop and direct the SCC Mobile Health (mHealth) Shared Resource. The mHealth resource is staffed by 4 programmers, a program manager, and a research technician. In the past 2 years, his team has developed the Insight mHealth platform. The Insight platform enables researchers to rapidly create mobile applications that can utilize ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor, e-cigarette device) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of cancer risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, heavy alcohol use, poor diet / inactivity / obesity, etc.) and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real time. The mHealth resource currently supports over 20 smartphone based studies (9 NIH funded; 2 of these studies are collecting data outside the US – Cambodia, and Scotland).

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.

As Vice President, Research at HERO, Jessica Grossmeier oversees the direction and execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing research expertise and consultation to HERO study committees, serving as HERO's research liaison to external contractors and study collaborators, and serving as Principal Investigator for HERO-sponsored research studies. Dr. Grossmeier regularly publishes her research and commentaries in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents at numerous national industry conferences. She is co-editor of The Art of Health Promotion in the American Journal of Health Promotion and has served in academic research and teaching roles at the University of Minnesota and the University of Phoenix.

Mary Imboden is HERO’s membership manager and research associate. 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. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching courses in their Health Lifestyle Practitioner Program. Mary received her PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University with a primary focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has been fortunate to author and co-author several peer-reviewed publications in this area, as well as present her research findings at the national level including the AHA, ACSM, and AACVPR conferences. She is an advocate for exercise as medicine, and to stay healthy and fit Mary runs and has most recently ventured into trail running since her move to Portland, Oregon.

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 SOBC measures repository. An essential and unique feature of the repository is the documentation of a measure’s status through the three steps of the SOBC experimental medicine approach: (1) identify, (2) measure, and (3) influence. This webinar, led by SOBC Resource and Coordinating Center Director Donald Edmondson, PhD, MPH, walks attendees through the measures repository and highlights its value for the field.

CPEC Webinar

How to Write Op-Eds and Why You Should
Date: March 22, 2018

 This webinar is designed to empower and excite attendees to contribute to and shape the public narrative about health behavior change. Our expertise as behavioral medicine researchers and practitioners gives us an important opportunity to shape how society thinks about health. This webinar will discuss how to get on the road to becoming a thought leader by learning to write for the public. We will focus on op-ed writing, which entails building a sound evidence-based, values-based argument that is effective and easily digestible to a broad audience. We will review the basic structure of op-eds and how to pitch to editors. We will also discuss important considerations regarding op-ed writing including time commitment, how it can fit into tenure and promotion, dealing with rejection, and dealing with opposing views.

HDM Webinar

Perspectives on Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment from Across the Healthcare Continuum
Date: March 15, 2018

 Research has revealed that certain commonly used medical interventions are not as beneficial as was previously assumed, or that the risks may outweigh the benefits for some people. As the related problems of overdiagnosis (diagnosis of a medical problem that would have not caused harm) and overtreatment (use of treatments that do not improve well-being or lengthen life) are increasingly recognized, understanding how to communicate newly recognized risks and uncertainties to patients is imperative. Scaling back (or even de-implementing) treatment is an unresolved challenge in a culture promoting more intervention(s). To foster a discussion about these issues, this webinar brings together experts in end of life decision making (palliative care), overdiagnosis in cardiovascular disease, and cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment to provide diverse perspectives from across the healthcare continuum. This webinar is presented by the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group and the SBM/Society for Medical Decision Making Crosstalk Committee. 

PA Webinar

Translational Research to Improve Physical Activity Outcomes in the Real-World
Date: March 8, 2018

 This webinar provides practical guidance on the translation of physical activity research into clinical and public health practice. Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA, senior adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, provides an overview of dissemination and implementation research, funding opportunities, and resources. Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD, professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, provides an example of the dissemination, implementation, knowledge translation, and scale-up of a physical activity intervention adapted from evidence-based principles. A second example presented by Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, highlighst the translation of an efficacious physical activity behavior change intervention from research into cancer survivorship care. Viewers walk away knowing a basic definition of translational science, how to design studies with dissemination and implementation in mind, and resources relevant to translational behavioral medicine. This webinar is co-sponsored by SBM's Physical Activity Special Interest Group (PA SIG) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). PA SIG Chair Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH, and ACSM Strategic Health Initiatives Behavioral Strategies Committee Chair Bryan Blissmer, PhD, moderate.

Program Webinar

Extending the Reach of Behavioral Medicine: Lessons Learned Working with Policymakers
Date: March 1, 2018

Dr. Rachel Shelton, SBM's 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee chair, will interview Dr. Binta Beard, managing partner at Equinox Strategies, and Dr. Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn about their career trajectories and experiences influencing policy and working with policymakers. Drs. Beard and Bleich will be part of an Annual Meeting master lecture panel on health policy.

OBBI SIG Webinar

The Quest for "Independence" as an Early-Career Professional
Date: February 22, 2018

This webinar will provide targeted career development and mentoring on key issues of interest to new/junior faculty and early-career professionals, including (1) juggling research, teaching, and service obligations; (2) learning about and utilizing the resources around you; (3) identifying formal and informal mentors and mentorship opportunities; (4) planning for promotion and tenure; and (5) work/life flow versus balance. Presenters include Drs.  Karen Basen-Engquist (professor, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Felicity Harper (associate professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute), and David X. Marquez (associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago). Webinar attendees will walk away with skills to navigate their new academic environments and will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges. SBM Physical Activity Special Interest Group Chairs Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH, and Siobhan M. Phillips, PhD, will moderate.

OBBI SIG Webinar

Graduate School Basics: Managing Time, Money, Projects, and Professional Relationships
Date: February 8, 2018

This webinar features a panel of recent advanced degree graduates and early-career professionals: Britney Blair, PsyD, Jerel Calzo, PhD, MPH, and Stephanie Manasse, PhD. They share advice and reflections for staying sane and successful during your graduate school years. Specific topics covered include managing time well, making sound financial decisions, developing and managing a research project, and building professional connections.

OBBI SIG Webinar

The Opt-In Study to Optimize Intervention for Weight Loss Initiation
Date: February 1, 2018

SBM Past-President Bonnie Spring, PhD, will discuss the design, implementation, initial findings, and implications of the Opt-In study, a multiphase optimization strategy factorial experiment conducted to optimize a scalable intervention to foster weight loss initiation. A low-cost intervention designed to be delivered entirely remotely, the study tested the weight loss impact of five treatment components:  coaching dose, meal replacement recommendations, text messaging, reports to primary care provider, and supportiveness training for buddies. Dr. Spring directs the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University. This webinar is presented by SBM's Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Special Interest Group. The group's conference chair, Angela Pfammatter, PhD, will moderate.

IPC SIG Webinar

The Primary Care Behavioral Health Model Current State of Science: Engaging in Practice-Based Research Helping Move the Scientific Research Base Forward
Date: January 25, 2018

Jennifer Funderburk, PhD, and Jodi Polaha, PhD,  highlight notable gaps in the primary care behavioral health scientific research base, in particular surrounding its impact on patient and implementation outcomes. They also identify how researchers/practitioners can help fill those gaps. Dr. Funderburk is a clinical research psychologist at the Veterans Administration Center for Integrated Healthcare. Dr. Polaha is an associate professor in the Division of Primary Care Research within the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Their presentation is be of particular value to those with an interest in integrated primary care, effectiveness research, implementation science, and/or clinical and translational research. This webinar is presented by SBM's Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group.

Intro OBBI Webinar

Introduction to Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions
Date: January 18, 2018

Behavioral and biobehavioral interventions are typically developed and evaluated using the classical treatment package approach, in which an intervention is assembled a priori and evaluated by means of a two-group randomized controlled trial (RCT). Linda Collins, PhD, will describes an alternative framework called the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). MOST, a principled approach inspired by ideas from engineering, includes the RCT for intervention evaluation, but also includes other steps before the RCT aimed at intervention optimization. Dr. Collins, director of the Methodology Center at Pennsylvania State University, reviews how behavioral and biobehavioral interventions can be optimized using criteria chosen by the intervention scientist. The goal may be to develop a cost-effective intervention, an intervention that achieves a specified level of effectiveness, the briefest intervention that achieves a minimum level of effectiveness, or any other reasonable goal. This webinar was presented by SBM's Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Special Interest Group. The group's chair, Thelma Mielenz, PhD, will moderate.

ART webinar

Affective-Reflective Theory of Physical Inactivity and Exercise
Date: January 4, 2018

Ralf Brand, PhD, and Paddy Ekkekakis, PhD will introduce the Affective-Reflective Theory (ART) of Physical Inactivity and Exercise. The ART is a default-interventionist, dual-process theory that emphasizes the importance of automatic positive and negative associations for subsequent physical inactivity or exercise. It is a theory grounded firmly in exercise psychology and linked closely to research on affective responses to exercise. It suggests that the automatic valuation of exercise and physical inactivity (which is connected to an immediate action impulse) is the basis from which subsequent, more complex affective and cognitive operations (e. g., weighing beliefs and values, action planning) can arise. In this way, the ART complements and attempts to incorporate findings from the numerous studies on exercise motivation that were inspired by cognitivist theorizing and to emphasize the role of rational thinking in behavioral choices (e. g., theory of planned behavior, social-cognitive theory, self-determination theory). The ART goes beyond other theories in that it offers an explanation—other than lack of motivation to change—for why many people remain in a state of physical inactivity; it proposes that the core affective valence associated with the current state of physical inactivity is more positive than the affective valence associated with exercise. This webinar is presented by SBM’s Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions Special Interest Group.

Social Media webinar

Developing and Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery
Date: December 21, 2017

This webinar provides practical guidance on how to develop and/or adapt behavioral intervention content to deliver in private online groups using commercial social media platforms like Facebook. Commercial social media platforms provide a free, confidential means to deliver behavioral programming to groups. Studies have used this model for weight management, smoking cessation, physical activity promotion, and parenting, among other topics. Presenter and SBM President-Elect Sherry Pagoto, PhD, a professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and moderator Danielle Arigo, PhD, discuss user-centered design approaches to developing intervention content that can be distributed via social media posts, engagement strategies, social media marketing principles, and logistical issues (e.g., creating the group, scheduling posts, moderation, tracking engagement). They discuss lessons learned from relevant studies using Facebook and Twitter, and make recommendations for research steps from developmental, pilot, and randomized trial phases. Viewers will learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges.

Clinical Trials Webinar

Implications of NIH Clinical Trials Policies for Behavioral Research
Date: December 7, 2017

William Riley, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will discuss the breadth of the NIH definition of a clinical trial: essentially all experimental studies of humans are included. The webinar will describe in detail what is required of researchers who submit grants that meet this definition of a clinical trial. The efforts of OBSSR to ensure these policies accommodate behavioral and social science researchers also will be discussed. SBM Past-President Dawn Wilson, PhD, will moderate.

HPC 101 Webinar

Extending the Reach of Behavioral Medicine: Lessons Learned In a Career Focused on Building Public/Private Partnerships
Date: November 16, 2017

SBM 2018 Annual Meeting Program Chair Rachel Shelton, ScD, interviews Joe Smyser, PhD, MSPH, about his career path and lessons learned in extending the reach of behavioral medicine by building public/private partnerships. Dr. Smyser will present a master lecture at the 2018 meeting. He is CEO of The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit that uses the power of mass media to solve social problems. Dr. Smyser has designed marketing strategies for behavior change campaigns managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. He has done similar work with USAID, Google, and the

Wearables Webinar

Opportunities, Applications and Challenges in Using Wearables for Physical Activity Research
Date: November 2, 2017

Physical activity is a safe and effective method to reduce negative side effects of treatment and promote better overall health among individuals with chronic diseases. In practice, many difficulties exist for monitoring, assessing, and promoting physical activity. Accelerometer-based consumer wearable devices that track and encourage physical activity may overcome some of these difficulties. This webinar summarizes the potential uses for wearables to monitor and facilitate increased physical activity, provide real-world examples of their use, and discuss challenges and future directions. Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Matthew Buman, PhD, FACSM, associate professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University; Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, assistant investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and Brigid Lynch, PhD, senior research fellow at the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division of the Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, present on their current work. This webinar is presented by SBM's Physical Activity and Behavioral Informatics and Technology special interest groups. Siobhan Philips, PhD, MPH, co-chair of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group, is moderator.

HPC 101 Webinar

Highlighting Results From a Meta-Analysis of the Reasoned Action Approach to Understanding Health Behaviors
Date: October 26, 2017

The Theory of Reasoned Action/Planned Behavior is one of the most common used theories in health behavior research. The Reasoned Action Approach (RAA)/Integrative Model of Behavior Change is the newest iteration o