Machine Learning in Behavioral Science
Date: February 27, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: April Carcone, PhD; Alexander Kotov, PhD; Ming Dong, PhD; Dustin Fife, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members
Machine learning is a class of statistical analysis techniques in which a computer "learns" to recognize patterns in data without being explicitly programmed to do so. These techniques are receiving increasing attention in behavioral science because of their ability to analyze the vast amounts of data being generated in today’s technology-driven world. This webinar will provide a basic overview of machine learning techniques and describe three projects in which these techniques have been used. Dr. Alexander Kotov will describe the use of machine learning models for automatic classification and annotation (i.e., coding) transcripts of patient-provider interactions. Dr. Ming Dong has used machine learning models to identify and rank psychosocial risk factors for obesity as part of screening procedures in pediatric primary medical care. Dr. Dustin Fife used machine learning models to identify patients at risk for developing lupus through the identification of patterns of immune dysregulation.
Dr. Carcone is a member of the Behavioral Sciences Division of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Carcone is a social worker by training with over 17 years of experience in behavioral health research. Her research has three main foci. First is the study of patient-provider communication in clinical contexts with a specific emphasis on examining the mechanisms of effect in Motivational Interviewing. Second is the development and testing of behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes with an emphasis on pediatric and emerging adults with chronic illnesses, including obesity, type 1 diabetes, asthma, and HIV. And, finally, the use of implementation science to study the translation of efficacious interventions from academia to the real world. Follow Dr. Carcone on Twitter @a_carcone
Alex Kotov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University and the head of Textual Data Analytics Laboratory (TEANA). Dr. Kotov’s interests lie in large-scale textual data analytics, with particular focus on information retrieval, natural language processing and their applications to health informatics. His current research focus is on graphical models (including topic models), sentiment analysis, retrieval models for social media and computational analysis of clinical interview transcripts as well as electronic health records. Follow Dr. Kotov on Twitter @rusillini
Ming Dong is currently a professor in the Department Computer Science and the co-director of the Data Science and Business Analytics program and the AI, Big Data & Analytics Group at Wayne State University. He is also the director of the Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Lab. Dr. Dong's areas of research include deep learning, data mining, and computer vision with applications in health informatics and automotive industry. His research is funded by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, State of Michigan, Private Foundations (e.g., Michigan Health Endorsement Fund, Epilepsy Foundation) and Industries (e.g., APB Investment, Ford Motor Company). He has published over 100 technical articles with a H-index of 30, many in premium journals and conferences in related fields, e.g., TMM, TPAMI, TKDE, TNN, TVCG, TC, IEEE CVPR, IEEE ICCV, IEEE ICDM, ACM MM, AMIA and WWW.
Dustin received his PhD in 2013 at the University of Oklahoma in Quantitative Psychology. Following that, he worked for three years as a biostatistician, before joining the faculty at Rowan University as the resident statistician in the psychology department. His research interests focus on developing visualization tools that make statistics more palatable and intuitive. Follow Dr. Fife on Twitter @dustinfife
Best Practices for Navigating Tenure and Promotion
Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Dori Steinberg, PhD; Dori Pekmezi, PhD; Elva Arredondo, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members
Preparation for tenure and promotion evaluations is one of the most important phases of an academic career. This webinar will provide perspectives and lessons learned from behavioral scientists at different phases of the process. Presenters include Dori Steinberg, Ph.D., R.D. (Associate Professor of Nursing and Global Health at Duke University), Dori Pekmezi, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama – Birmingham) and Elva Arredondo, Ph.D. (Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at San Diego State University). The presentation will be moderated by Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison). Topics will include how to prioritize time, writing the research and teaching statements, getting meaningful feedback from mentors and department leadership and others.
Dr. Steinberg is an Associate Professor in the Duke School of Nursing and at the Duke Global Health Institute. She is also Director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center. Her research focuses on digital health interventions for dietary change, and chronic disease management among adults. Dr. Steinberg is the PI of an NIH-funded R01 grant examining how to best leverage digital health to improve diet quality among individuals with high blood pressure. She was PI on K12 career development grant as Duke BIRCWH Scholar and has been a co-investigator on several successfully funded grants from NIH and Duke. Her work has been featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The American Journal of Public Health, as well as in mass media. Dr. Steinberg earned her B.S. in Nutrition from the Cornell University, her M.S. in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Registered Dietitian.
Dori Pekmezi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Pekmezi is involved with several University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers at UAB, as an Associate Scientist with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and as a Scientist with the Diabetes Research and Training Center. She obtained a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Alabama and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University. Her research focuses on designing and testing high reach, theory- and technology- supported lifestyle interventions for underserved/at- risk populations.
Elva M. Arredondo is professor of public health at San Diego State University and Core Investigator in the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH). Dr. Arredondo earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University. She completed her clinical internship in behavioral medicine from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Arredondo is a bilingual/bicultural native of Mexico with over 18 years of research experience in examining social determinants of Latino heath, with a focus on physical activity and cancer screening. Dr. Arredondo’s research interests also include developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-level community-based programs that improve the health of ethnic minority and socially/economically disadvantaged communities. She has served as PI, Co-PI or subcontract PI of grants, from sources ranging from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Her research has resulted in over 130 manuscripts, book chapters, and scientific entries. Although most of Dr. Arredondo’s research has examined the effectiveness of community based interventions, she’s expanding her research to translate and adapt evidence-based interventions into practice.
Strategies for Effective Conference Presentations (oral/poster) for SBM Students and Trainees
Date: February 20, 2020
SBM has a large number of student/trainee members who present their research through oral or poster presentations. Oral presentations must be done in a short time period, making it challenging to ensure key information is conveyed to the audience. Similarly, for poster presentations, it is imperative to design posters that are eye-catching, not text-heavy, and convey the key information in a short span of time. This webinar is targeted towards student/trainee members to provide them with the tools for designing presentations (oral or poster) that effectively and succinctly convey the main take-home messages to the audience.
Integrating the Multiphase Optimization Strategy and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology
Date: February 6, 2020
Recent advances in the design and evaluation of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions include the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology (BCIO). Inspired by engineering, MOST is a framework for development, optimization, and evaluation of behavioral interventions, where optimization is defined as the process of identifying the intervention that provides the highest expected level of effectiveness obtainable within key constraints imposed by the need for efficiency, economy, and/or scalability. Part of the Human Behaviour Change Project, the BCIO is a set of definitions for entities and relationships used to describe behaviour change interventions, their contexts, effects and evaluations. Development of the BCIO is ongoing and has involved a combination of reviewing, refining and extending existing relevant ontologies and taxonomies (such as the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy (BCTTv1)), consultation with ontology experts, and peer review from, and discussions with, international behaviour change experts. In this webinar, Dr. Linda Collins, a developer of MOST, and Dr. Susan Michie, a lead investigator for the Human Behaviour Change Project and BCIO, will outline the ways in which elements of BCIO complement the MOST framework and how behavioural scientists can incorporate principles from both frameworks/ontologies into their work.
SBM Annual Meeting 101
Date: January 23, 2020
This webinar will give you the “inside” scoop on the SBM annual meeting! Whether it is your first time attending or you simply want to get the most out of your meeting experience, this webinar will help you navigate the annual meeting like a veteran. Our panel of experts will provide an overview of the annual meeting structure, highlight must-see presentations and must-do activities, and share their “lessons learned” from attending past SBM annual meetings. The panel represents the diverse membership of SBM, including representatives from academia and industry. The webinar will conclude with a live Q and A session.
Networking and Building Collaborations: Achieving Independence While Being a Team Player
Date: January 16, 2020
On this webinar, three panelists at different career stages will provide some advice and “how tos” for networking, collaborating and building a research team as a junior scientist, while still working toward independence. The moderators will provide a few questions to the panelists to get started, with at least half of the webinar focused on questions from attendees (either submitted prior to the Webinar or asked during the Webinar). Topics discussed will include big picture questions (e.g., what does independence mean, how do you achieve it without stepping on toes, how do you balance independent research with collaboration?) as well as more practical advice (e.g., how to turn a conference connection into a collaboration, how to make the most of brief networking meetings, learning when and how to say “yes” and when to say “no).
Military and Veterans Health
Date: December 19, 2019
This webinar will provide an introduction to the comorbidity between chronic pain and at-risk alcohol use in Veteran primary care patients. This will include discussion of the current literature on this topic, the clinical implications for treating this comorbidity in primary care, and future research directions.
Development and Validity of a Workplace Health Promotion Best Practices Assessment
Date: December 12, 2019
The workplace has been identified as a strategic setting for influencing the health and well-being of adult populations, as a majority of the US population spends a significant amount of time in their workplace. Socio-ecologic models support the need to attend to environmental factors that influence health behaviors and downstream health outcomes. Several assessment instruments have been developed to identify evidence-based strategies employers can use to promote employee health outcomes, but many are quite long and create significant burden for organizations to complete, making them challenging to use as part of workplace health promotion research. The HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer (HERO Scorecard) is a tool that takes an average of 45 to 60 minutes to complete. A recently published study was conducted to identify a reduced set of measures from the HERO Scorecard applicable for research purposes and to examine the reliability and validity of the shorter version. This webinar will provide an overview of the HERO Scorecard and briefly describe the research supporting the utility and applicability of the new shortened version for use in workplace health promotion research.
Accelerating Behavioral Medicine Science to Address the Critical Health Challenge of Gun Violence
Date: December 5, 2019
The current “state of the evidence” regarding gun violence research will be reviewed. Individual level, community level, and policy factors associated with risk for gun violence and the morbidity and mortality associated with firearm-related injuries will be discussed. The take-home message of the webinar will be that gun violence has the potential to be understood much the same way as many other public health threats have been understood, through systematic scientific inquiry that utilizes the best available scientific methods adopted from a range of public health disciplines and informs practice and policy. Presenters will discuss how behavioral medicine needs to and can progress in order to meet the challenges presented by gun violence.
Best practices and resources for meaningful community engagement in behavioral research to promote health equity
Date: November 21, 2019
The overall goal of this webinar is to provide attendees with a set of best practices and resources for integrating community engagement into behavioral research. We will use three case studies to highlight these best practices and resources. Specifically, we will provide background and rationale for integrating community engagement, especially for health equity research, as well as a common set of definitions and terminology. Through the case studies, we will highlight best practices for forming partnerships, maintaining partnerships throughout the course of a research project, sustaining partnerships over the long term after a research project ends, and evaluating partnerships to understand their effectiveness. Finally, we will conclude with suggestions for overcoming typical challenges in community-engaged research.
Pilot to RCT
Date: November 14, 2019
Various researchers will be discussing the ins and outs of launching a pilot study, and taking the study from a pilot-phase to a randomized control trial (RCT). Specific topics include creation of a timeline during the planning phase of research, the peer review process, team building, and failed R01 attempts.
An interactive tool to explore links between behavior change techniques and theory
Date: November 7, 2019
This webinar will present an interactive, web-based tool which provides information about how behavior change techniques (BCTs) link to theoretical mechanisms of action (MoAs). This tool was developed by triangulating evidence from the behavior change literature with the results of a consensus exercise among behavior change experts. First, the evidence from two research studies supporting the development of the interactive tool will be described. Next, the results of triangulating the two sources of evidence will be presented alongside a demonstration of how to use the interactive tool. The interactive tool can support the work of intervention designers, behavior change researchers, and those who study behavior change theory.
Behavioral Informatics - The intersection of big data, technology, and behavioral science
Date: October 24, 2019
As technology’s presence in the field of behavioral medicine continues to become more prolific, so do the opportunities to use data in the continuous optimization of behavior change interventions. In this webinar, expert speakers representing both industry and academic perspectives will introduce the field of informatics in the context of behavioral science. The evolution of behavioral informatics will be discussed, as well as where the connected health ecosystem is today. In an industry case study, expert speakers will explore opportunities and challenges with using informatics to scale interventions. Final discussions will attempt to address one of the most challenging problems in the field—how might we bring rigorous science into the process without slowing the pace of innovation? Intended audience for the webinar would be researchers or industry professionals working in digital health and interested in learning more about the field of behavioral informatics and how they can use it to enhance their work.
Strategies for increasing the transparency of your behavioral medicine research
Date: October 10, 2019
Transparent and open science practices are increasingly valued by research funders, academic journals, and the public. Increased research transparency has potential to increase research rigor, reproducibility, and access. This webinar will discuss three approaches to increase transparency in the research process: study pre-registration; open access data; and registered report publications. For each of these three topics, we will provide an overview of recommended practices; describe potential challenges to implementing these practices and possible ways to address these challenges; and provide resources for further learning. Study pre-registration is currently required for clinical trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by many journals, but pre-registration has value beyond clinical trials. We will discuss pre-registration of study design and analytic plan across a range of study types, as well as strategies to improve on clinical trial registration. A data sharing plan is currently required by NIH for certain grants and is requested by some journals. We will discuss the different approaches to sharing data, and discuss the benefits and challenges of making data and analytic code available for download in a public repository, as well as discuss challenges to open access data (e.g., sensitive data). Registered reports are a journal publication format where a research project is approved for publication prior to research data being obtained. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing registered reports and present the status of behavioral medicine-relevant journals with regard to offering registered report format.
Everything you need to know about finding and hiring a developer (or dev shop) to build your digital health intervention
Date: October 3, 2019
Dr. Kate Wolin will moderate a discussion with Jeff Cohen about hiring and working effectively with software developers. Jeff was the head instructor at the first learn to code program in the country (and Kate’s teacher) and has helped many start-ups (including Kate’s) build effective and scalable technology solutions. He’ll talk about how you can find the right fit and set your work together up for success.
Research ethics, what is it good for?
Date: September 26, 2019
Understanding a population’s values and concerns is essential to the development and implementation of valid and effective research. Creating an empirical basis for the ethical decisions being made in research and practice is necessary to inform ethical choices by investigators, practitioners, and institutional review boards (IRBs). This webinar will overview the importance of conducting research on ethical questions as well as provide three examples of studies that inform ethical decision making. This webinar is intended for behavioral health researchers and practitioners; Institutional Review Board Members. No prerequisite knowledge or experience required.
Research in Cancer Caregiving: Themes, Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities
Date: September 12, 2019
Cancer has long been recognized as a disease that not only affects the individual but also their intimate partners and close family members who often provide emotional support and caregiving. In response, over the past two decades, a burgeoning scientific literature on cancer caregiving has emerged. In this workshop, three speakers with research experience and expertise in this domain will: (1) Provide an overview of non-interventional research on cancer caregiving (common research designs and methods, dependent variables assessed, stage of cancer examined, key findings, themes, and gaps); (2) Provide an overview of interventional research on cancer caregiving (delivery modalities, therapeutic strategies, intervention targets); and (3) Discuss research challenges, opportunities, and future directions, with an emphasis on the need to fuse science and implementation. This webinar is intended to comment on the current state of cancer caregiving science to foster continued research on this important topic given increasing and extended demands on informal caregivers.
What Makes for a Good Podcast?
Date: August 8, 2019
This webinar aims to provide an introduction on key elements and strategies for creating a successful podcast on a health topic. Topics discussed will include:
- What is a podcast?
- Podcast production: processes and tips
- Strategies for a successful podcast (e.g., types of questions that make for a good podcast; how guests should prepare for a interview podcast, disseminating podcasts).
This webinar is intended for trainee, early career, mid-career, and senior-level individuals interested in gaining more knowledge about participating in podcasts. No prerequisite knowledge or experience needed.
Spotlight on Graduate and Trainee Research
Date: July 25, 2019
This webinar features graduate and trainee research that includes work in progress to completed studies. Interdisciplinary, Ignite talks will showcase physical activity promotion using a variety of methodologies such as randomized controlled trials to community-based participatory research in veterans, Black women, American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as cancer survivors. Join us for a fast-paced and stimulating research webinar highlighting select work from our membership! Presenters include Michelle Pebole (Research Co-ordinator, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System), Maja Pedersen (PhD student, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana), Emily Erlenbach (PhD student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Dr. Loneke T. Blackman Carr (Postdoctoral Associate, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University). Webinar attendees will be exposed to a variety of research that will stimulate conversations for research collaborations and future research directions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide study feedback. Physical Activity SIG co-chairs, Linda Trinh, PhD and Dori Rosenberg, PhD, will moderate.
Using Person-First Language in Diabetes
Date: July 18, 2019
Language is powerful and plays an important role in how an individual conceptualizes their disease and its management, treatment outcomes, and psychosocial well-being. For people with diabetes, language can impact their motivation, behaviors, and outcomes. Metonymy, or the substitution of the name of an attribute for that of the thing meant (e.g., labeling a person as diabetic as opposed to a person with diabetes), marginalizes the people affected by their disease. In addition, metonymy generates social distance between the people affected by their disease, their family, friends, and health care providers. Person-first language can help to alleviate the stress of managing a chronic disease or medical diagnosis. This panel will discuss guidelines that promote the use of person-first language from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Psychological Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is to inform researchers, educators, and clinicians about metonymy in order to promote the use of person-first language to avoid dehumanizing or stigmatizing people with diabetes.
Applying the ORBIT Model to Develop and Refine an Intervention to Promote Healthy Habits
Date: June 20, 2019
Significant advances in our understanding of the fundamental psychological, cognitive, affective and social bases of human behavior, coupled with new frameworks, such as the Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) model for behavioral treatment development, can accelerate the design of potentially more effective and enduring behavior change interventions. In this webinar, we will apply the ORBIT model to the development and optimization of interventions aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. First, Dr. Susan Czajkowski will describe the rationale, phases, and key features of the ORBIT model. Dr. Alison Phillips will then present two experiments that are designed to advance our conceptual understanding of health-related habits and that illustrate early phases of the ORBIT model. Both experiments test a standard planning (action and coping planning) intervention for forming health-related habits. The first experiment helps define (ORBIT Phase 1a) the nature of a “higher order” dietary habit of filling half of one’s dinner plate with fruits and vegetables (meeting US MyPlate Guidelines). The second experiment helps refine (ORBIT Phase 1b) a planning intervention by determining whether (and for which behavior) the intervention needs to be tailored to an individual difference factor (diurnal preference, or “morningness-eveningness”). These talks will illustrate the value of using translational frameworks such as the ORBIT model to define interventional targets and enable more precise tailoring of behavior change interventions.
A Health Profile of Older Veterans: Implications and Opportunities for Behavioral Medicine Research
Date: May 2, 2019
The size of the US military veteran population is substantial, at 18.2 million; over 50% of this population is 65 years or older. Military veterans over the age of 65 represent the largest patient group served by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These individuals have unique life experiences, lifestyle behaviors, and psychosocial characteristics that contribute to both health advantages, and disparities, later in life. This webinar will broadly explore the health effects of military service, providing an overview of population-level health profiles of older veterans in the context of lifestyle, chronic disease, and health behaviors. Areas of active behavioral medicine research will be presented, as will opportunities for novel interventions targeting this population. Finally, a case study of tailored exercise intervention for older veterans with comorbid physical and mental health conditions will be discussed. The intended audience would be health behavior researchers, clinical providers, population health, graduate students and post-doctoral trainees, health psychology practitioners.
Getting SMART about Developing Adaptive Behavioral Interventions
Date: April 25, 2019
Adaptive interventions (AIs) use decision rules to operationalize personalized sequences of treatment or support. These decision rules specify for whom, whether, when, and/or how to change up treatment at critical points along the intervention, and allow practitioners to capitalize on heterogeneity in response to ensure optimal intervention effectiveness. However, open scientific questions frequently prevent scientists from building optimally effective adaptive interventions. In this webinar, we will introduce AIs as well as one experimental design that can be used to inform the development of optimal AIs, the sequential multiple-assignment randomized trial (SMART). SMARTs are intended specifically for empirically informing optimal AIs, by randomizing participants at key decision points to different treatment options. In this talk we will (1) discuss the importance of AIs; (2) provide an overview of SMARTs; and (3) explore key SMART design principles, including common primary and secondary aims. Concepts will be illustrated using SMART studies aimed at developing adaptive behavioral interventions.
Digital Health Decision-Making Checklist: Designed for Researchers
Date: April 18, 2019
Digital technologies including apps, wearable sensors, social networks and other emerging technologies offer researchers new approaches to test personalized and adaptive health interventions tailored to an individual. Yet, research studies leveraging technologies to capture personal health data involve critical and nuanced technical and ethical aspects that require consideration by researchers during the study design phase when determining what digital technologies are appropriate. No guidance exists to facilitate responsible digital technology selection for research purposes. We will describe a stakeholder-engaged and iterative approach used to develop, test, and refine a checklist designed to aid researchers in selecting technologies for their research. The resulting checklist contains four decision-making domains with prompts/questions and ethical principles embedded within: usability, evidence, data management and interoperability. The final checklist is located on the CORE platform (http://thecore.ucsd.edu/tools) and can be accessed by researchers who are planning to use digital technologies in their research. This checklist is the first step in leading the narrative of decision-making domains important to behavioral scientists when selecting digital health technologies for research. Given the dynamic and rapidly evolving nature of digital health technology use in research, this tool will need to be further evaluated for usefulness in technology selection.
Opioid Misuse Prevention Messaging: Delivering the Right Messages to Diverse Audiences from Patients to Providers
Date: April 11, 2019
Many well-intentioned health communication campaigns fail to cause behavior change because their messages aren’t relevant to the audience. By designing campaigns with the audience’s existing knowledge and values in mind, you can ensure that your opioid misuse prevention campaign can actually cause change.
This session will provide a strategic, evidence-based framework for opioid misuse prevention messaging that is tailored to different audiences. First, learn strategies for better understanding your audience. Then, applying those insights to create tailored messages that can actually motivate behavior change. This approach will help those developing opioid prevention campaigns and communications ensure their messages are effectively and efficiently reaching their specific audience segments. The intended audience would be practitioners, health communicators, psychologists, researchers who are interested in hearing about strategies to reach people prescribed opioids for medical use and strategies for provider communications.
Perspectives on Chronic Pain in Women: Implications for Treatment
Date: March 28, 2019
A brief overview of the unique risks and correlates of pain in women broadly will be followed by discussion of the salient challenges women and their providers face in the treatment of pain. Special attention will be focused on practical ways to optimize patient/provider interactions along with strategies to engage women in non-pharmacologic pain treatment modalities. The presentation will end with a brief discussion of a novel self-management intervention designed to address pain with a focus on Women Veterans. Intended audience is any experience level – intended for practitioners and researchers who work with patients with pain (special emphasis on women and veterans).
Behavioural Science meets Computer Science: The Human Behaviour Change Project
Date: February 7, 2019
Behaviour change is essential if major health problems such as obesity and cancer are to be tackled. Evidence is needed by researchers, policy-makers and practitioners about intervention effectiveness across contexts, and about mechanisms of action. Such evidence is currently produced on a vast but fragmented scale and more rapidly than humans can synthesise and access. Computers have the capacity and speed to do this task but lack the organisational structure to do this successfully. Progress in this area requires a collaboration between computer and behavioural scientists to develop a knowledge structure (‘ontology’) and apply it to the evidence, and information science to support the curation and access of evidence.
The Human Behaviour Change Project(www.humanbehaviourchange.org) brings together behavioural, computer and information scientists to build an Artificial Intelligence system to continually scan the world literature on behaviour change, extract key information and use this to build and update the scientific understanding of human behaviour to answer variants of the ‘big question’: ‘What works, compared with what, how well, for whom, in what settings, for what behaviours and why?’
Primary Care Behavioral Health Innovations: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Department of Defense Research
Date: January 31, 2019
This webinar will summarize the history of innovations in the United States Air Force Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model of integrated care, with a focus on recent innovations such as the “BHOP First Stop” quality improvement program. Participants will be able to compare innovations piloted in the Military Health System to other healthcare organizations with a focus on understanding cultural considerations. Participants will be able to evaluate the applicability of PCBH initiatives to clinics with various demographic and cultural differences.
How to Manage Your Lab Using Project Management Techniques
Date: January 24, 2019
This webinar will provide helpful information about how to manage a research lab effectively. The 5 phases of project management (initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closing) will be reviewed in the context of research projects. Special attention will also be paid to team identification and communication. No requisite knowledge is required to participate. Participants will learn techniques on building, managing, and maintaining a research lab.
Behavioral Medicine in Real World Settings: An Introduction to Implementation Science
Date: January 17, 2019
This webinar is a brief introduction to implementation science (ImS), often referred to as dissemination and implementation science (D&I). The overall purpose of ImS theory and design is to provide clinicians, public health practitioners and researchers with the tools to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice, policy, and public health. This webinar will provide the appropriate ImS primer for those who are collaborating, or looking to collaborate, on an implementation project or for those who are planning additional study within this discipline and want to ultimately design and lead an implementation project of their own. The presenters will provide a brief overview of models, theories and frameworks used in ImS and how these approaches help translate evidence-based behavioral medicine research into intervention strategies that are effective in real-world settings.
Grant-Writing Workshop: Submitting a Successful Specific Aims Page
Date: January 10, 2019
Graduate, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are invited to attend a webinar focused on crafting an effective specific aims page. This webinar will feature a panel of professionals with experience writing winning grant proposals. Our presenters will share advice and tips for writing a compelling and convincing specific aims page across several types of funding opportunities, including NIH F and K awards. Specific topics covered will include: 1) conceptualizing your research project (and training plan, if applicable), 2) constructing a strong argument, and 3) framing and selling your proposed project, yourself, and your research.
2019 Presidential Candidate Webinar: Monica Baskin, PhD and Brad Hesse, PhD
Date: January 8, 2019
If you missed the 2019 Presidential Candidate webinar on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, then you can watch the recorded webinar below. The candidates discussed their passions outside of work, and answered questions about SBM's top strengths and challenges. Watch the recording below to hear more about their vision for SBM.
Optimization of Behavioral Interventions – An Illustrative Example of an Adaptive Intervention
Date: December 13, 2018
This webinar will introduce participants to optimization of behavioral interventions (e.g., MOST, SMART trials, Adaptive Interventions) and use an illustrative example of the Healthy Mom Zone Intervention, an individually-tailored, adaptive intervention to manage weight gain among overweight and obese pregnant women, to explain the theoretical basis of the intervention and its components, describe the 2-phased intervention approach that led to the development of the intervention protocol and randomized intervention trial, outline the decision rules for adapting the intervention, present preliminary findings, and discuss next steps for further optimization of the intervention in the future. This webinar is intended for all individuals interested in learning about sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART) designs in action. This webinar is designed for investigators at any level of their career. No prerequisite knowledge is required for this webinar.
Current Approaches to Physical Activity Promotion
Date: December 6, 2018
This webinar will include IGNITE-style presentations from 4 speakers who will share their novel approaches to promoting physical activity in various populations. Dr. Leone will discuss the results of her YMCA-based exercise program focusing on improving enjoyment among women with obesity. Dr. Whitworth will share his high intensity resistance exercise intervention for people with posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Camplain will share his research on physical activity among incarcerated individuals. Finally, Dr. Potter will share the design of her BuddyStudy in which she is pairing inactive individuals with foster dogs. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Challenges and Opportunities for Development Beyond Tenure
Date: November 29, 2018
This webinar provides targeted career development and mentoring on key issues that are of interest to midcareer faculty and early career professionals, including 1) juggling research, teaching, service, and mentoring obligations, 2) challenges with mid-career transitions, 3) identifying opportunities for continued growth and development, 4) preparing for the next phase of career excellence, 5) work/life flow versus balance, maintaining momentum, and much more. Presenters include Drs. Genevieve Dunton (Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, University of Southern California), Emily Mailey (Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University), Dori Rosenberg (Associate Scientific Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute), and Jeff Vallance (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University).
Engaging Patients and Communities in Your Research
Date: November 15, 2018
Science is meant to serve the public, e.g., patients and communities; however findings relevant to clinical practice take a long time to impact care and findings relevant to individual behavior are communicated via the media or not at all. Engaging patients and communities in research as partners (as opposed to the limited role of research participant) may create more relevant and rapidly adopted findings and help resolve the science communication problem. Speakers in this webinar will be discussing meaningful partnerships between researchers and the public. Dr. Eric Hekler will discuss a patient-led innovation project, in which Ms. Dana Lewis, a person with type I diabetes who has developed a network of patients advancing diabetes care including the creation of the first patient-create open artificial pancreas system (www.openaps.org) was the lead PI and Dr. Hekler was co- principal investigator, supporting Ms. Lewis’s research agenda. Dr. Emil Chiauzzi will discuss how PatientsLikeMe, an online platform for patient communities, engages patients in the design and implementation of their communities as well as the research conducted on patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Stephenie Lemon will discuss how her CDC Prevention Research Center engages communities in prevention research. The webinar will provide a sneak peak of exciting activities being planned at the annual meeting, including the Program Committee’s effort to, for the first time ever, actively engage patients and communities in the annual meeting.
Muscling up on mental illness – integrating exercise as routine care
Date: November 8, 2018
This webinar will outline recent advances in our understanding of the role exercise can play as a component of routine care for a range of mental disorders including depression, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. The physical and mental health effects as well as the potential of exercise as a preventative and treatment strategy will be covered. Examples of how exercise professionals can be integrated within mental health treatment facilities and ways to facilitate culture change within psychiatric services will also be presented. Intended audience for the webinar would be any health professionals working with or interested in the evidence regarding exercise and mental illness.
Choosing the Right Postdoc
Date: October 25, 2018
This webinar will present informational resources, along with personal experiences, on selecting a postdoctoral training experience that is ultimately the best fit for a trainee. We will start with the basics and end with a live Q and A session. The intended audience would be students (undergrad/graduate)