Perspectives on Chronic Pain in Women: Implications for Treatment
Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Mary A. Driscoll, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.

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).

Dr. Driscoll is a Research Psychologist in the Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities and Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation at VA Connecticut, a pain consultant for VA’s Women’s Health Services and an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine. 

In 2016 she was awarded a VA VISN 1 Career Development Award to pilot a reciprocal peer support pain self-management intervention for women Veterans with chronic pain and earlier this year, she received a supplemental Patterson Trust Award to examine temporal associations between relational burden and pain outcomes in this same population. Her clinical and research interests are rooted in understanding gender disparities in pain and pain treatment and in the development and tailoring of evidence based psychosocial pain interventions that leverage technology.

Opioid Misuse Prevention Messaging: Delivering the Right Messages to Diverse Audiences from Patients to Providers
Date: April 11, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jeffrey Jordan and Sophia Lerdahl
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

The webinar will cover:

  • An approach for reaching different at-risk populations by segmenting audiences based on lifestyles, values, knowledge levels, and social norms. By better understanding the risk behaviors and behavioral motivators of your audience, you can more effectively reach those most at-risk.
  • Research methods used and audience insights from two recent cutting-edge campaigns showing how data was used to inform effective messaging.
  • A framework for building a foundation of knowledge in a logical sequence that ensures your audience has the background necessary to successfully receive, process, and act upon new information.
  • Key pieces of information that leverage specific audience motivators and meet your audience where they are (Knowledge, Risks & Benefits, Relevance, How/Action to Avoid Risk, Urgency)
  • Campaign materials that show how to increase the relevance of risk to the audience in order to dissuade misuse or promote responsible use
  • Examples of tailored messages including recent materials created for patients and providers and how these materials were developed and distributed

Jeffrey Jordan, President and Executive Creative Director, Rescue Agency
Jeffrey is President and Executive Creative Director of Rescue, a behavior change marketing agency focused on making healthy behaviors easier and more appealing. His passion for social change began in high school when he started Rescue at the age of 17. While growing Rescue, Jeff studied Marketing for his undergraduate degree and received a Master’s in Experimental Psychology. He has led Rescue to managing dozens of behavior change programs across North America, tackling issues such as tobacco, obesity and violence. Rescue’s work includes the FDA's national tobacco prevention campaign for multicultural teens and its LGBT young adult effort, as well as active contracts with over a dozen state and local health departments. Twitter handle @jeffreywjordan

Sophia Lerdahl, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Rescue Agency
Sophia Lerdahl is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Rescue Agency, where she works to pursue new contracts with state and federal departments and then helps set the course for each campaign's strategy. Her recent work has focused on navigating emerging health topics, including opioids and legalized cannabis. Sophia has been with Rescue since 2015 and earned her degree from New York University.
Twitter handle @SophiaLerdahl

Rescue Agency Twitter handle @rescueagency

Digital Health Decision-Making Checklist: Designed for Researchers
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, PhD and Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Camille Nebeker, Ed.D., M.S. is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health, School of Medicine at UC San Diego. Dr. Nebeker’s research is focused on two areas: 1- research capacity building with a goal of increasing research literacy among non-scientists (e.g. Community Health Workers) who assist with community-based research; and, 2- the ethical dimensions (e.g., consent, privacy, data management) of digital and other emerging technologies (e.g., pervasive sensors, ubiquitous computing) used in health research. She is the Founding Director of the Building Research Integrity and Capacity BRIC programs and the Connected and Open Research Ethics CORE initiative. Dr. Nebeker’s research program has received continuous support from government, foundation and industry sources since 2002. She is affiliated with the UC San Diego Centers for Wireless and Population Health Systems; Health Promotion and Equity; Healthy Aging and, the UCSD Research Ethics Program.
Twitter handle @cnebeker

Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and Faculty Scientist in the Diabetes Translational Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis. Dr. Bartlett Ellis’s research is focused on improving medication management and adherence among people with multiple chronic conditions. Her research intersects with the digital health space and with her transdisciplinary research team, InterACT™, she seeks to develop and test interactive, adaptable, connected technologies that help people act to improve their health.  She is a co-inventor of the InterACT™ smart pillbox (patent pending) mobile health system.
Twitter handle @DrBartlettEllis

Getting SMART about Developing Adaptive Behavioral Interventions
Date: April 25, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Shawna N. Smith, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.

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. 

I am a healthcare services researcher with an interest in improving access to 'best practice' care, notably mental health and collaborative care programs. I am currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. I am also an affiliate of the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and the Depression Center, as well as the Data Science for Dynamic Decision-Making (D3) lab, based in the Quantitative Methods Program at the Institute for Social Research

Most of my work focuses on developing, informing, and evaluating adaptive interventions, and notably adaptive implementation interventions. Adaptive interventions use ongoing information to make dynamic treatment decisions. My interest is specifically in using data on organizational capacities, capabilities and strengths to adapt implementation support over time, encouraging uptake of mental health evidence-based practices by meeting sites where they are, and ensuring efficient use of implementation resources. I have been involved with a number of trials designed specifically to inform adaptive interventions, most notably two of the first NIH-funded clustered sequential multiple assignment randomized trials (SMARTs) to inform adaptive implementation interventions to increase access to mental health evidence-based practices in community settings, and the first NIH-funded micro-randomized trial (MRT) to inform a just-in-time adaptive intervention (JITAI) to increase daily physical activity among sedentary adults.

A Health Profile of Older Veterans: Implications and Opportunities for Behavioral Medicine Research
Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Katherine Hall, PhD and Kathryn Starr, PhD, RD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.


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.

Dr. Katherine Hall is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) of the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System and the Duke University Center for Aging. Dr. Hall received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and completed her graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Aging and Exercise Psychology. In 2009, Dr. Hall joined the Durham VA and Duke Aging Center as a post-doctoral fellow in Behavioral Medicine and Geriatrics, where she has continued her clinical research activities as a faculty member.

Over the past 10 years she has built a research agenda around physical activity and function in older veterans with an emphasis on developing evidence-based exercise interventions to address the physical, psychosocial, and functional needs of this underserved population. Much of her work in the past 5 years has focused on exploring these questions in older veterans with multiple chronic conditions, including psychological comorbidity; a patient population that is often overlooked in health promotion interventions. Dr. Hall has been involved in several large-scale clinical trials of physical activity in older adults and older veterans, and has received grants from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the NIH to study the impacts of physical activity on physical and psychological well-being and explore strategies to effectively implement these interventions across the continuum of care.

Kathryn Starr is Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine and Research Health Scientist at Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Starr is Co-Director of the Center for Aging Clinical Nutrition Laboratory and her research and professional experience focuses on community dwelling older adults at high risk for chronic health conditions and functional disability. Dr. Starr’s current research includes, assessing the effect of perioperative protein supplementation on physical function and postoperative outcomes in malnourished Veterans undergoing elective surgery, and investigating the impact of balanced protein supplementation with low-impact exercise on muscle quality in obese, frail older adults undergoing a weight loss intervention. Dr. Starr earned her PhD in nutrition at the University of Georgia. She is also a registered dietitian and received a certificate in gerontology at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology.

Webinar Recordings


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Choosing the Right Postdoc
Date: October 25, 2018

This webinar will present informational resources, along with personal experiences, on selecting a postdoctoral training experience that is ultimately the best fit for a trainee.  We will start with the basics and end with a live Q and A session. The intended audience would be students (undergrad/graduate)/pre-doctoral interns, no prerequisite knowledge required.


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

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

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

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

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

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

BIT SIG Webinar

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

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

BIT SIG Webinar

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

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

BIT SIG Webinar

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

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

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

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

BIT SIG Webinar

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

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

HBIC Webinar

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

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

SOBC Webinar

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

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