Webinars

Theory-based mechanisms and community partnerships: Balancing tensions between rigor and reality
Date: January 20, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Todd Lucas, PhD and Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members

       

There is a noticeable shift in behavioral science towards an emphasis on rigor and reproducibility. This includes a strong push towards crafting theory-based interventions that comprise clean tests of mechanisms that underlie the effects of interventions on behavior. At the same time, the current sociopolitical climate has emphasized the imperative to involve the community in the design and implementation of intervention research. Both of these efforts are admirable and critical; yet, they may sometimes come into conflict. For example, a researcher may want to conduct a ‘clean’ test of a mechanistic pathway implicated in their chosen theory, but the needs of the community and participant population may necessitate additional intervention components that adds additional complexity and potential confounds. This webinar will address this tension between rigor and reality, combining expertise from two scientists who have approached this issue from different perspectives. The first speaker, Dr. Todd Lucas, will discuss the application of health behavior theory in a community context, highlighting the shortcomings of this theory and the need for tailoring to the intended audience (i.e., the theory itself must become adaptable). In contrast to starting with theory and moving to a population, the second speaker, Dr. Rachel Shelton, will discuss building interventions by beginning with the community first. These complementary perspectives aim to promote creative and critical thinking in webinar attendees on the balance between scientific precision and practical application in intervention tests and, and the session will culminate with a moderated Q&A.

Todd Lucas is a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor in the Division of Public Health, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. Based in Flint, Michigan, Dr. Lucas is a social and health psychologist whose research considers psychosocial causes of racial health disparities.  He is particularly focused on stress and preventive health behavior pathways, including stress reactivity and cancer screening.  His research especially considers psychological justice - the causes and resulting health and social consequences of perceiving and communicating about justice and injustice.

Dr. Lucas's research is both psychophysiological, in considering the ways in which psychosocial factors "get under the skin" to affect health, and also intervention focused, in attempting to develop strategies to reduce disparities. He has received funding from sources such as the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the American Cancer Society to support his program of research on topics that have ranged from understanding stress reactivity responses to injustice to promoting better uptake of colorectal cancer screening. Presently, Dr. Lucas is leading a NIH Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet) U-01 project aimed at implementing non-invasive screening methods and evidence-based communication strategies to address equity in uptake of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing.

Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH is a social and behavioral scientist with training in cancer and social epidemiology, and expertise in implementation science, sustainability, health equity, and community-based participatory research. She is Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she is Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core Resource at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA), and leads a new university-wide initiative on Implementation Science. Dr. Shelton has taught implementation science courses and trainings nationally and globally for nearly ten years, including TIDIRC, TIDIRH, and the Institute for Implementation Science Scholars. Dr. Shelton has 15 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research focused on advancing the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in community and clinical settings to address health inequities, particularly in the context of cancer prevention/control; her research program is funded by NIA, NCI, NIMHD and American Cancer Society.

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Applied Examples of the Preparation Phase of MOST: Preparing for Optimization
Date: January 27, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Amanda Mathew, PhD, Matthew Buman, PhD, Sarah Kozey Keadle, PhD, MPH, Sara Vargas, PhD, Ryan L. Landoll, PhD,ABPP
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members

                    

The preparation phase of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) lays the foundation for optimization and, thus, is a critical step in creating effective, affordable, scalable, and efficient behavioral or biobehavioral interventions. The preparation phase, however, is often overlooked or rushed. This webinar will provide a brief overview of activities to be completed in the preparation phase and showcase three unique projects focused on the preparation phase of MOST. The panel presents three projects led by (1) Dr. Amanda Mathew; (2) Drs. Matthew Buman and Sarah Kozey Keadle; and (3) Drs. Sara Vargas and Ryan Landoll. There will be ample opportunity for panelists and audience members to engage in Q&A.

Amanda Mathew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Houston, and completed postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mathew’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the American Lung Association. Her research program addresses prevention and lifestyle management for chronic lung disease, with a focus on smoking cessation treatment development.

Matthew Buman is professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology and a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology from the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research focuses on behaviors across the 24 hours - sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity - and how collectively these behaviors can contribute to chronic disease prevention. The majority of his research leverages personal technologies (i.e., smartphones, wearables) to deliver interventions that target these behaviors either singly or in combination. His current projects focus on developing optimized intervention strategies to reduce sedentary screen time in adults and a national implementation trial of a mulit-component intervention to reduce workplace sitting.

Twitter: @mbuman

Sarah Keadle is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Health an Exercise Science, a MS and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts and a MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Her research program focuses on 1) improving measures of physical activity and sitting time using wearable sensors and previous day recalls and 2) using wearable technology to develop interventions to reduce sitting time and increase physical activity. Her current projects include developing an optimized multicomponent intervention to decrease sedentary screen time among adults.

Twitter: @kozey_keadle

Sara Vargas, PhD, is Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School and Research Scientist at the Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Vargas applies quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods to the development of assessment tools and interventions to enable people to have equitable access to the knowledge, motivation, and skills needed to engage in healthy behaviors and lifestyles. She co-leads the MARSH Research Program with Dr. Ryan Landoll at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. MARSH is developing and evaluating the Mission Wellness mobile application to promote sexual and reproductive health among active duty US service members.

Twitter: @phd_vargas

Ryan R. Landoll, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Sciences in the Office for Student Affairs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He has served on active duty with the United States Air Force for 10 years, including deployment as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) psychologist in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel and is currently a Major in the Air Force Reserves, providing clinical services to active duty service members, dependents, and retirees with the 20th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base. His research focuses on a broad array of topics, ranging from childhood anxiety, cyber victimization and adolescent depression, military sexual and reproductive health, and primary care behavioral health. 

Twitter: @DrLandoll

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Building Resiliency/Commitment for a Career in Research
Date: February 3, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW,  Laura Rogers M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M., Jennie Hill, PhD and Michelle I. Cardel, PhD, MS, RD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 non-members

         

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified stress levels for the road ahead. As we transition back to ‘normal,’ how do we adapt and persevere during these challenging times?  This webinar will feature four researchers at various career stages and paths who will each describe resilience building strategies that they have adopted in the context of personal and research endeavors, challenges they have faced along the way, and how to gain a renewed sense of confidence for a commitment in research.

Rachel W. Goode is an assistant professor at UNC School of Social Work and an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Eating Disorder Excellence, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goode received her PhD, MPH, and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating equitable and community-engaged interventions to treat obesity and eating disorders. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Eating Disorders Association, Magee Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Goode is the principal investigator of an NIH Career Development Award (K23) to develop a culturally-relevant digital health tool to treat binge eating and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Goode is a licensed clinical social worker and has practice experience with the treatment of eating disorders and obesity among clients in university counseling centers and community-based mental health agencies. She has been fortunate to be the recipient of various awards, including the Oprah Civic Leadership Award, National Health, Lung, Blood Institute (NIH) Research Service Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Twitter: @DrRachelGoode

Michelle is an obesity and nutrition scientist and registered dietitian with a focus on the development and implementation of evidence-based healthy lifestyle strategies for adults and children, particularly those from medically-underserved backgrounds. At Weight Watchers (WW), Michelle oversees the company’s academic research partnerships and clinical trials. In collaboration with fellow scientists and teams across the organization, she plans and executes research studies, then implements and disseminates the findings for WW members, the scientific community, and the greater community at large.

Twitter @MichelleCardel

Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and the Cancer Control and Population Science Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a Masters of Public Health Degree at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and American College of Sports Medicine. She has held prior faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia, University of Tennessee Memphis, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine during which she has participated in a variety of educational, research, clinical, and administrative activities. Dr. Rogers’ clinical interests focus on out-patient general internal medicine and weight management.

Dr. Jennie Hill is an Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity in rural and underserved populations by increasing the reach of effective pediatric weight management interventions.

Twitter: @JennieHillPhD

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Using social media to promote your professional identity
Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Claire Conley, PhD,  Sherry Pagoto, PhD and Mary Politi, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 non-members

       

This webinar, featuring both early career and senior scholars, will teach participants how to effectively manage their professional identity online, particularly promoting scholarship through social media.

Dr. Conley obtained her PhD in clinical health psychology from the Ohio State University in 2018. She completed her post-doctoral training in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral Oncology Training Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Conley’s program of research broadly focuses on psychosocial issues across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life. Key themes of her work include: (1) quality of life and survivorship issues in breast cancer, (2) prevention and early detection among those at increased risk for breast cancer; and (3) expanding into other cancer types using a team science approach. Dr. Conley's research aims to promote health behavior change and improve quality of life in the context of cancer, with the ultimate goal of translating basic behavioral research into behavioral interventions. Dr. Conley is on Twitter @DrClaireC. She also manages the social media activity for the SBM Cancer SIG (periodic takeovers of @BehavioralMed), her academic department (@GeorgetownCPC), and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (@IntSocBehMed).

Dr. Claire Conley’s Twitter handle: @DrClaireC

Dr. Pagoto is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Allied Health Sciences at UConn, Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, and Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Her research focuses on leveraging mobile technology and social media in the development and delivery of behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, and cancer prevention. She has had federal funding for her program of research for 18 consecutive years, has published 219 papers in peer-reviewed journals on these topics, and was the 2014 recipient of the Obesity Society Pioneer in mHealth/eHealth. Devoted to science communication, she has contributed to the Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Chronicle of Higher Education, STAT News, Salon, Times Higher Education, MedCityNews, and Psychology Today.

Dr. Sherry Patogo’s Twitter handle: @DrSherryPagoto

Dr. Politi is a health psychologist and Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.

Dr. Mary Politi’s Twitter handle: @mcpoliti

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Protective Advocacy Efforts for Students Experiencing Abuse from a Mentor
Date: March 17, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Joanna Buscemi, PhD,  Sherry Pagoto, PhD and E. Amy Janke, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 non-members

       

Mentee abuse is widespread in academia and presents challenges to student mental health and academic success. Mentee abuse can come in many forms such as sexual abuse/harassment, discrimination, bullying, emotional/verbal abuse and manipulation, bullying, and gaslighting. It is sometimes hard to recognize and even harder to escape. Academic systems often do not have a confidential way for students to report misconduct, and even in the case when they do, many grievances go unaddressed. Thus, the abuse continues without consequence or accountability for the mentor. The purpose of this webinar is to hold a safe space for students or trainees who have experienced abuse from a mentor. The presenters will share their experiences with abusive mentors including how they recognized it and barriers/successes in navigating their situations. They will also provide general guidance on problem recognition and options for protections that students may seek. The session will close with a confidential Q&A session where students/trainees will be given the opportunity to ask questions around navigating their own challenging mentor/mentee relationships.

Dr. Conley obtained her PhD in clinical health psychology from the Ohio State University in 2018. She completed her post-doctoral training in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral Oncology Training Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Conley’s program of research broadly focuses on psychosocial issues across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life. Key themes of her work include: (1) quality of life and survivorship issues in breast cancer, (2) prevention and early detection among those at increased risk for breast cancer; and (3) expanding into other cancer types using a team science approach. Dr. Conley's research aims to promote health behavior change and improve quality of life in the context of cancer, with the ultimate goal of translating basic behavioral research into behavioral interventions. Dr. Conley is on Twitter @DrClaireC. She also manages the social media activity for the SBM Cancer SIG (periodic takeovers of @BehavioralMed), her academic department (@GeorgetownCPC), and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (@IntSocBehMed).

Dr. Claire Conley’s Twitter handle: @DrClaireC

Dr. Pagoto is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Allied Health Sciences at UConn, Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, and Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Her research focuses on leveraging mobile technology and social media in the development and delivery of behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, and cancer prevention. She has had federal funding for her program of research for 18 consecutive years, has published 219 papers in peer-reviewed journals on these topics, and was the 2014 recipient of the Obesity Society Pioneer in mHealth/eHealth. Devoted to science communication, she has contributed to the Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Chronicle of Higher Education, STAT News, Salon, Times Higher Education, MedCityNews, and Psychology Today.

Dr. Sherry Patogo’s Twitter handle: @DrSherryPagoto

Dr. Politi is a health psychologist and Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.

Dr. Mary Politi’s Twitter handle: @mcpoliti

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Webinar Recordings


 

Women’s Health Advocacy
Date: January 13, 2022

The goal of this webinar is to build awareness on the health policy advocacy process by discussing key examples from presenter’s own work in this area. The first speaker, Dr. Cynthia L. Stone, will discuss strategies on building successful relationships with legislators, an important step in the policy advocacy process by highlighting her work with the state legislation in MI and PA and through professional organizations such as the American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association. The second speaker, Dr. Angela Lober, will discuss advocacy efforts to promote and sustain breastfeeding among postpartum mothers especially working mothers in the state of AZ. These unique perspectives will provide multiple opportunities for attendees to gain insights on the process of advocacy and legislation at grassroot levels. The session will culminate with a moderated Q & A.



 

What, Why, How and When to Engage in Translating Prevention Science to Policy
Date: December 16, 2021

A large body of knowledge from the behavioral sciences has been amassed about the prevention of virtually every common and costly health-related problem.  This knowledge is now embodied in a considerable arsenal of evidence-based interventions that have been effectively delivered to populations who stand to significantly benefit. Cost-benefit and effectiveness analyses further demonstrate the potential of these interventions to achieve a measure of scale previously unseen. Legislative processes are now needed to support the widescale implementation of these evidence-based programs and policies in communities across all segments of society.

Embedding knowledge and practices generated by the behavioral sciences into the decision-making process of policymakers requires that scientists systematically convey the relevance and importance of this research; doing so will reduce the burden of phenomena we aim to prevent, minimize errors, lower costs, narrow disparities and inequities, and improve overall outcomes. In general, scientific evidence bolsters the effectiveness of policies; a reality that legitimizes ongoing feedback between the public, researchers and lawmakers to assure acceptability, feasibility, cultural relevance and uptake of resultant policies. It is, thus, essential that scientists are comfortable in this “end-stage”—science advocacy—translational role.

This webinar will instill policy translation skills, outline a number of “do’s” and “don’ts”, and motivate attendees to become more engaged and active in public policymaking interactions.



 

How to Find a Post-Doctoral Position That is Right for You
Date: November 11, 2021

This webinar will include 3 panel speakers who will provide tips and experiences for current graduate students looking to land a postdoc position. Speakers include 2 recent postdocs who will share their experiences in a research-intensive position (Elizabeth Adams) and a mix between clinical and research focus (Carolyn Bates). The third panelist will be a faculty member (Kevin Hommel) with extensive experience mentoring postdocs to share how to stand out in a potential mentor’s eyes when applying. These diverse perspectives will provide multiple viewpoints to attendees looking for a range of different postdoc experiences. Substantial time will be allocated to audience Q&A.



 

Ideas for a Successful NIH K Application for MOST Optimization Research
Date: November 4, 2021

During this webinar, presenters will discuss and provide examples of successful NIH Career Development Award (K series; e.g., K01, K99, K08, K23) applications that have funded optimization research, with projects representing work across MOST phases (i.e., preparation, optimization, evaluation). Presenters will discuss ways to apply the MOST framework to projects across content areas and provide example language for communicating optimization project ideas in a concise and effective manner. Presenters will walk through aspects the application process, including determining whether projects are considered clinical trials and other frequently asked questions. There will be ample opportunity for presenters and audience members to engage in Q&A. Presenters will provide reference material that will be useful for future K applicants and mentors.



 

The Present and Future of Wearable Devices in Physical Activity Research
Date: October 28, 2021

Wearable devices that track physical activity are becoming increasingly pervasive in society today. These devices have the potential to provide key insight into population-level physical activity patterns, while also demonstrating the ability to facilitate positive behavior change. However, these devices are not without their limitations, and many other issues are certain to arise in the future as these devices and the data derived from them evolve. This webinar will explore the present and future of wearable physical activity devices in the field of behavioral medicine, with the goal of providing attendees with important information to help them decide whether to incorporate these devices into their research.



 

Demystifying SBM Awards: Insights and Tips for a Compelling Application
Date: October 21, 2021

SBM’s Achievement Awards are given annually to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of its members, yet many promising candidates do not apply. The goal of this webinar is to de-mystify SBM’s Awards Application process and encourage applicants of all levels and backgrounds to apply. In this webinar, the SBM Awards Committee Chair, Frank Perna, EdD, PhD, will provide an overview of SBM Award opportunities, including the announcement of a new award, and will discuss the review process. You’ll also hear from two past award recipients: Monica L. Wang, ScD, MS, Associate Professor at the Boston University School (BU) of Public Health & Associate Director of Narrative at the BU Center for Antiracist Research (recipient of the SBM Early Career Investigator Award, 2016) and Kimberly Nelson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the BU School of Public Health (recipient of the SBM Early Career Investigator Award, 2020), who will discuss their application experiences, strategies for composing a successful application, and how the award has impacted their professional progression. The webinar will conclude with a Question & Answer session on the awards process with this panel of behavioral medicine experts.



 

Applying for Training Grants
Date: October 7, 2021

This webinar will feature members of the SBM Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG who will discuss their experiences applying for training grants. The purpose is to highlight lessons learned from applying for NIH- and NSF-funded training grants (e.g., NIH F31, Diversity Supplement, K23 and NSF GRFP) to increase visibility of grant opportunities that are relevant to students and early career researchers.



 

Alternatives to academic careers for behavioral scientists
Date: September 30, 2021

Not everyone who trains in behavioral or social sciences may want to work in an academic setting. They may have grown out of it, found that the work isn’t what they thought it was, or that they would rather find a different way of contributing to the field. This panel discussion will bring together 4 behavioral and social scientists who work in non-academic settings. We will facilitate a discussion on each panelists career path, the type of work they do, and advice for those interested in or seeking careers outside of academia. The panelists represent unique positions and organizations and will provide a rich introduction to the various opportunities for those trained in behavioral medicine.



 

Apply Lessons Learned About Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Healthcare From 2020 for Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals
Date: September 23, 2021

The year 2020 awakened the need to examine justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our healthcare system and research programs. The scholars in this webinar are from diverse backgrounds and will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned and providing tips on how the audience can turn the lessons from 2020 into actionable initiatives in their research, advocacy, and training programs.



 

Preparing for a Job Search in the Post-Pandemic World
Date: August 26, 2021

The academic job market has shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent financial challenges, and many early-career investigators are encountering multiple obstacles to identifying and securing their first job after training. This webinar brings together academic researchers who were on the job market during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. Discussing their own experiences on the job market during this time, the panelists will provide useful tips, tricks, and insights for individuals currently on the job market. Each of the panelists will also incorporate their current perspectives as senior-level researchers in both academia and government in providing advice to early-career researchers. Finally, the webinar will place an emphasis on addressing the pressing job search-related concerns of audience members, and questions from the audience will be collected and utilized throughout the panel presentation.



 

A Panel Discussion with Health Researchers and Clinicians About How to Integrate with Various CVD Services
Date: August 19, 2021

Several members of the CVD SIG have asked officers for advice about how to become integrated with CVD clinics in order to expand their clinical and research scope. These are requests by early career clinicians and researchers, to which we have responded by having individual meetings and offering our advice. We perceived the need for a webinar to reach a broader audience and also to bring in more experiences by researchers and clinicians who have successfully integrated with CVD clinics. We will solicit questions from the CVD SIG for panelists in advance of the webinar and also have a live panel discussion with participants. Each panelist will give a brief overview of their experiences prior to the question and answer segment.



 

A Panel Discussion with Health Researchers and Clinicians About How to Integrate with Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
Date: August 5, 2021

Several members of the CVD SIG have asked officers for advice about how to become integrated with cardiac rehab in order to expand their clinical and research scope. These are requests by early career clinicians and researchers, to which we have responded by having individual meetings and offering our advice. We perceived the need for a webinar to reach a broader audience and also to bring in more experiences by researchers and clinicians who have successfully integrated with cardiac rehab. We will solicit questions from the CVD SIG for panelists in advance of the webinar and also have a live panel discussion with participants. Each panelist will give a brief overview of their experiences prior to the question and answer segment. Panelists are all members of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and this webinar is part of the CVD SIG’s efforts to create collaboration between our two societies.



 

How to Communicate Your Science to The Public: Infographics
Date: June 17, 2021

Have you heard about infographics, but you aren’t quite sure what they are? Have you ever thought about using infographics to communicate your science, but you weren’t quite sure where to start? Through an engaging panel discussion, this webinar will provide an overview of the process of developing infographics to communicate your science effectively. Experts will share their experiences as well as tips, resources, and lessons learned to help you effectively communicate your science to a broader public through infographics. And those new to the process will share their experiences in beginning to undertake this form of science communication.



 

How to Communicate Your Science to The Public: Health Policy Briefs and Position Statements
Date: June 10, 2021

Have you heard about health policy briefs/position statements, but you aren’t quite sure what they are? Have you ever thought about writing a health policy brief/position statement, but you weren’t sure how to get started? Through an engaging panel discussion, this webinar will provide an overview of the process of writing health policy briefs/position statements. Experts will share their experiences as well as tips, resources, and lessons learned to help you effectively communicate your science to policy makers. In addition, those newer to the process will share their experiences in beginning to undertake this form of writing, including a discussion of potential challenges and how to overcome them.



 

Diversifying The Investigator Workforce
Date: June 03, 2021

Brief panel discussion of recent research of NIH funding that have showed disparities in funding of minority researchers, disparities in funding for research with minority populations, etc. The second part of the webinar would be to discuss ideas for policies or actions for change. Webinar sponsored by the Women’s Health and Health Equity SIGs.



 

How to Communicate Your Science to the Public: Op-Eds
Date: May 27, 2021

Have you heard about op-eds, but you aren’t quite sure what they are? Have you ever thought about writing an op-ed, but you weren’t quite sure where to start? Through an engaging panel discussion, this webinar will provide an overview of the process of writing an op-ed for various publication outlets. Experts will share their experiences as well as tips, resources, and lessons learned to help you effectively communicate your science to a broader public through op-eds. And those new to the process will share their experiences in beginning to undertake this form of writing.



 

Getting Optimization Work Funded in Your Career Stage
Date: May 13, 2021

The multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) is an engineering-inspired framework for developing, optimizing, and evaluating behavioral and biobehavioral interventions. The number of publications and funded research projects utilizing the MOST framework have grown dramatically since the first publication describing MOST in 2005. Yet, despite the increased awareness and interest in MOST among behavioral researchers, many practical questions remain, the least of which is: where do I start and how do I get funded? In this webinar, Drs. Kate Guastaferro and Heather Wasser will provide a brief overview of the MOST framework and highlight currently funded research projects spanning the three phases of the framework (preparation, optimization, and evaluation) at multiple career stages. Examples will encompass a variety of funding mechanisms (NIH F, K, R, and U awards as well as foundation grants), behavioral foci (palliative care, substance use, obesity prevention), and methodological approaches (experimental designs, multiple outcomes, implementation outcomes).



 

How to Land Your First R01(s)
Date: May 6, 2021

This webinar will feature three speakers who recently landed their first R01s sharing their success stories: (1) Two  R01s simultaneously, (2) R01s on first submission, and (3) R37 MERIT Award for outstanding impact score of 10.



 

Developing and testing technology enhanced mind-body and lifestyle interventions
Date: April 29, 2021

This webinar will discuss novel methodological and practical strategies for developing, optimizing, and testing technology enhanced mind-body and lifestyle interventions for medical patients and their families.  It will highlight the importance of nurturing interdisciplinary collaborations between clinicians and researchers as building blocks for this research, as well as underscore opportunities for engaging and supporting trainees toward developing their own research careers. Strategies for securing funding for each step of the research project will also be discussed.



 

Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion in Your Science Communication
Date: March 25, 2021

Communicating your science effectively is an important task for researchers. It is critical to ensure that your science communication is accessible to a wide audience. Attendees will hear from two experts on accessibility and inclusion considerations when 1) preparing scientific presentations, 2) when communicating their science in virtual spaces (e.g., social media), and 3) when communicating science more broadly (e.g., on a lab website or in a press release). Questions are encouraged and will be discussed during of the webinar.



 

Training Opportunities in Behavioral Research within the National Cancer Institute
Date: March 18, 2021

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the largest institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the one that leads the nation’s cancer research program. One of the critical goals of the NCI is to train the next generation of cancer researchers, and each year NCI trains approximately 3,500 fellows.  Cancer-related training opportunities are especially critical for those engaged in behavioral research given the vital role of behavior in reducing cancer burden for the public along the entire cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life.  This presentation will first provide a brief overview of NIH and NCI and then focus on a training program offered within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).  DCCPS offers a multi-disciplinary research training program including concentrations in behavioral, epidemiological, surveillance, and health care-related topics. This training program accepts trainees from a wide range of educational backgrounds ranging from high school students up to and including those with doctoral-level degrees (e.g., PhD; MD).  Next, the presentation will provide an overview of current training opportunities and mechanisms offered in DCCPS, including the Cancer Research Training Award program, the Cancer Prevention Fellowship and NCI Communications Fellowship.  This discussion will include the degree requirements, application process, and fellowship focus.  Following this overview, a post-doctoral (PhD) fellow will discuss her educational and training backgrounds, share how she obtained her fellowship, describe her research interests and current projects, discuss professional training and leadership development opportunities available for fellows, and provide helpful advice for those interested in obtaining a DCCPS fellowship.  Following the presentation, time will be allotted for attendees to ask questions of the presenters and to learn more about the myriad fellowship opportunities within DCCPS.



 

Building a Race- and Ethnicity-sensitive Physical Activity Research Program
Date: March 4, 2021

This webinar will feature three researchers who have built careers based on incorporating and studying race, ethnicity, and health equity in the context of physical activity. They will each describe how they built their research (and practice) programs, how and why they have focused on race/ethnicity in their work, challenges they have faced along the way, how they encourage equity and inclusion on their own research teams, and tips for researchers to build their own race- and ethnicity-sensitive physical activity and health equity research programs.



 

Choosing the right research design in the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)
Date: February 25 2021

The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) is a framework for designing and testing intervention packages. While the strategy is most often associated with the factorial trial design to test intervention components, there are many research designs that are encompassed within the framework. This webinar will provide a brief overview of MOST and then address how best to identify the phase and design to use based on the state of the science and open scientific questions Drs. Angela Pfammatter and Ahnalee Brincks will provide insight into design selection by highlighting the contrast between the factorial randomized trial and Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART). The webinar will provide an opportunity to ask questions about phase and design selection.



 

Why would we ever go back? “Re-zooming” our research during the COVID-19 era
Date: February 24, 2021

This 1-hour webinar will offer practical, fresh, and innovative strategies for conducting social/behavioral and health services research remotely – from recruiting participants to collecting data and conducting interventions. The presenters will draw on several years of virtual study experience to address lessons learned for engaging and supporting remote study participants and enhancing remote study quality. We also will discuss specific tips for supporting research staff and other team members in maintaining stamina and quality-of-life at work when conducting most or all study tasks remotely.



 

Advancing the science of behavior change through rigorous meta-reviews
Date: February 18, 2021

Meta-reviews, i.e., reviews of reviews, are of growing popularity as scholars strive to make sense of disparate research findings and determine what conclusions about a phenomenon are most trustworthy. In 2017, we initiated a project focused on examining mechanisms of health behavior change interventions in chronic disease prevention and treatment. This project resulted in a meta-review of 66 meta-analyses that examined aspects related to this research question as well as an entire special issue of “sub” meta-reviews that took a domain focused approach to the broader question. While the substantive findings of the meta-review(s) can be found in Health Psychology Review (Vol 14, Issue 1, Pages 1-212, 2020), there are many methodological aspects of the project important to furthering a science of behavior change that are not detailed in any of the published reports. In this presentation, we will address best-practice standards for meta-reviews including novel approaches we found or developed while conducting several meta-reviews, including both qualitative and quantitative aspects. We will also address practical issues (e.g., resources required; feasibility). We believe that well-conducted meta-reviews increase efficiency, and in identifying “what works” best, they ultimately improve science, practice, and policy.



 

Tips for Presenting Your Science at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
Date: February 11, 2021

This webinar will review the presentation formats for the 2021 virtual annual meeting and provide tips on how to effectively communicate science and practice in a virtual environment. We will specifically review the different presentation formats, requirements for pre-recorded and live sessions in the virtual platform, ways to enhance engagement virtually, improving accessibility of research talks and spotlights, and how to effectively communicate your science/practice in a 2-min research spotlight. 



 

Developing Good Academic Writing Practices
Date: February 4, 2021

We will discuss methods to develop good habits for academic writing, focusing on the many different ways one can accomplish this goal. Topics will include: reviewing common ways to develop and maintain a writing practice, assessing one’s current habits, and goal setting for new writing habits. There will be significant time to discuss what has and has not worked for attendees in the past and to plan for the future. We will provide attendees with a list for further readings.



 

Demystifying SBM Awards: Insights and Tips for a Compelling Application
Date: October 21, 2021

SBM’s Achievement Awards are given annually to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of its members, yet many promising candidates do not apply. The goal of this webinar is to de-mystify SBM’s Awards Application process and encourage applicants of all levels and backgrounds to apply. In this webinar, the SBM Awards Committee Chair, Frank Perna, EdD, PhD, will provide an overview of SBM Award opportunities, including the announcement of a new award, and will discuss the review process. You’ll also hear from two past award recipients: Monica L. Wang, ScD, MS, Associate Professor at the Boston University School (BU) of Public Health & Associate Director of Narrative at the BU Center for Antiracist Research (recipient of the SBM Early Career Investigator Award, 2016) and Kimberly Nelson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the BU School of Public Health (recipient of the SBM Early Career Investigator Award, 2020), who will discuss their application experiences, strategies for composing a successful application, and how the award has impacted their professional progression. The webinar will conclude with a Question & Answer session on the awards process with this panel of behavioral medicine experts.