Tips & Tricks for Virtual Networking and Presentations by the IPC SIG
Date: January 28, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Katrina F. Mateo, PhD; Matthew Martin, PhD; Noel Quinn, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members


Attendees will hear from three experts on how to interact in the virtual environment. Experts will provide keys to success for initiating and fostering remote relationships. We will also promote discussion on increasing engagement, focus, and collaboration. We will also focus on unique barriers trainees and early career professionals have in these situations.

Katrina F. Mateo, PhD MPH received her PhD in Public Health (focus on community health and social sciences) from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, her Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her BA in Biology from Vassar College. She currently works at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a Patient Innovation Lead, responsible for the assessment, validation, and implementation of novel technologies to optimize trial implementation and reduce burden to patients in clinical research/trials. In her previous research roles (spans community-based, hospital, academic, start-up, and industry contexts), she conducted studies in the development and evaluation of digital health interventions and technologies among minority (Black/AA and Hispanic/Latino), low-income, and Veteran populations, and across a diversity of therapeutic areas (i.e. obesity, pain, health, ADHD, medication adherence, caregiving, eldercare), often working with community partners to collaboratively develop and/or evaluate interventions/technologies and also recruit for participants for studies. She is also deeply invested in patient/community health partnerships, mentorship/training to support the professional growth of junior researchers/professionals (especially women and persons-of-color), leading theory-based organizational change and transformation, as well as facilitating cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is also an active member of several professional societies including the the Society of Behavioral Medicine (where she is currently the co-chair of the Behavioral Information & Technology SIG (BIT SIG) Early-Career/Trainee sub-committee, and was previously the BIT SIG student co-chair and member of the BIT SIG Social Media sub-committee) and the American Public Health Association. Follow Dr. Mateo on Twitter: @KatrinaFMateo

Matt Martin, PhD, LMFT, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University where he teaches courses on healthcare quality improvement, substance use prevention, behavioral health integration, and motivational interviewing. Research interests include integrated care measurement, medical workforce development, and population health strategies in primary care. He has research affiliate appointments with the Cart T. Hayden Veterans Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Prior to ASU, he served as Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Duke family medicine residency program in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Matt has 10 years of clinical experience including several years of practicing and managing integrated behavioral health services.

Dr. Noel Quinn received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014 and is an alumna within the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program. She currently serves as the Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) for VA Connecticut Healthcare System, as well as the co-director of the Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residency. Dr. Quinn is responsible for coordinating the MOVE program, providing hospital-wide education (including motivational interviewing, patient-provider communication skills training, and clinician coaching) and health behavior change support to multiple programs throughout VA Connecticut. Dr. Quinn also serves as the Associate Program Director in the Center of Education (COE) in  Interprofessional Primary Care. She is active in curriculum development, supervision, and interprofessional education. Her research interests are related to medical education, teaching, and training, and examining outcomes associated with self-perceptions of health. Her clinical interests are broadly based within integrated primary care. 

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Tips for Presenting Your Science at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
Date: February 11, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Dori Steinberg, PhD, RD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and non-members

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. 

Dori Steinberg, PhD, RD is the SBM Program Chair for 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. She is the Director of Research at Equip Health and Associate Professor at Duke University. Dori is also registered dietitian and has dedicated her career to improving health and diet quality using digital health tools. Read more about Dori and her research here.

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Webinar Recordings


Presenting Online Without being Boring
Date: October 1, 2020

The current COVID-19 situation led to a drastic change in the research and practical world. Conferences are now being hold via online conference tools, platforms, and pre-recorded sessions. Also, job interviews and presentations take place via conference tools, which requires unique presentation skills compared to in-person presentations. In this webinar, principles of effective communications will be applied to an online environment and creative implementation of highlighting and emphasizing different issues while engaging the audience will be presented. Strategies such as incorporating humor, juxtaposing arguments, and capitalizing on technology are examples of infusing energy into a presentation. In addition, the importance of a dynamic personality for an engaging online presence will be discussed.



Conducting Weight Management and Eating Disorder RCTs admist a Global Pandemic
Date: September 24, 2020

This webinar will focus on the logistics of conducting weight management and eating disorder treatment trials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists are researchers who are currently conducting clinical trials or who will be starting new clinical trials in the near future. The panel will discuss how to effectively 1) recruit participants  2) start/design a new RCT and 3) adjust a current RCT amidst a global pandemic. This webinar is a great opportunity for established and early career researchers who may need to adjust strategies for collecting data in the upcoming year to learn from researchers who have been successful in conducting RCTs amongst diverse patient populations. 



Advancing Dual-Process Models of Health Behavior Using Intensive Longitudinal Data in the Era of COVID-19
Date: September 17, 2020

Long-term maintenance of behaviors such as exercise, healthy eating, and avoidance of tobacco and excessive alcohol is critical to reduce non-communicable disease burden. However, in the era of Covid-19, patterns of health behavior have been disrupted by social-distancing policies and practices. Dual-process theories have received growing attention in health behavior research because they offer two distinct pathways through which decisions are made: reactive (i.e., automatic) or reflective (i.e., deliberative). Progress in this area, however, has been stalled by theories that say little about when, why, where, and how reactive and reflective systems interact to sustain health behaviors over the long term. We propose that disruptions in daily life due to the covid-19 pandemic are ushering in an “era of flexible habits” where individuals will need to flexibly shift between reactive and reflective systems in order to maintain healthy behaviors.  In this webinar, we will discuss how intensive longitudinal data (ILD) collection and analytic strategies such as smartphone and sensor-based real-time activity and location monitoring, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), machine learning, and systems modeling are well-positioned to capture and interpret within-person “micro-shifts” between reactive and reflective systems underlying behavior maintenance. We will provide examples of how ILD can accelerate the development of theories and interventions to sustain health behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. 



Old School or New School? A Panel on Physical Activity Measurement
Date: August 6, 2020

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for SBM PA SIG members to hear from experts in the physical activity measurement field. With the theme of measuring physical activity in the context of the new physical activity guidelines, this panel of experts will address the various methods to broadly measure physical activity, with an emphasis on criteria and consideration for selection. We will briefly review the new physical activity guidelines, followed by a lively discussion and Q&A related to measurement methods (e.g., questionnaires, accelerometry/activity monitors, Ecological Momentary Assessment) with input from our panel of experts. Rather than creating our own poll questions (as requested below), we hope to engage the SBM Twitter audience in the week leading up to the webinar so that we get their questions for the panelists.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: In Pursuit of Principles that are Practical: How Integrating Mechanisms and Context will Advance the Study of Health Behavior Change
Date: June 26, 2020

In order to advance efforts to promote behavior change, guidelines are needed that specify not only why intervention strategies work, but also when, for what behaviors, and for whom, do these strategies promote change. Investigators need to be able to anticipate and respond to the heterogeneity in effects that presently characterizes intervention research. In this presentation, Dr. Rothman will describe how integrating the study of an intervention’s mechanism of action (the why question) with the specification of the contextual factors that regulate intervention effectiveness will afford the development of principles that can address our practical needs.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Riding the Wave of Digital Transformation in Science
Date: June 23, 2020

Our rapidly changing digital ecosystem changes both the questions and answers we pursue in behavioral medicine. Attend this master lecture to follow the trail of digital connectivity in science from its early roots in the national “co-laboratories” of the human genome, to the “artificial intelligence winter” in medicine, to a supernova of accelerations (both good and bad) enabled by cloud computing, big data, machine learning, ubiquitous social media, the “Internet of Things," and computer-assisted precision medicine.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: How do We Know what Works? Emulating Randomized Trials when Trials are Not Available
Date: June 19, 2020

When randomized experiments are not feasible or available, causal effects are often estimated from non-experimental or observational databases. Therefore, causal inference from observational databases can be viewed as an attempt to emulate a hypothetical randomized experiment—the target experiment or target trial—that would quantify the causal effect of interest. This talk outlines an approach to observational causal inference that makes the target trial explicit.


Building Investigators' Resiliency and Commitment for Careers in Research
Date: June 18, 2020

Join us for a panel discussion featuring senior researchers with diverse portfolios of prior funding, who can share their stories and strategies for building and sustaining a career in research. Panelists will discuss tips for identifying funding sources, advantages and disadvantages of different funding mechanisms, the role of persistence and resubmitting, leveraging pilot studies, other personal lessons learned, etc.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Artificial Intelligence Meets Behaviour in Health: Hope, Hype, or Harm?
Date: June 16, 2020

In 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of the world’s top visionaries in artificial intelligence (AI) signed an open letter declaring “a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase.” Precisely because these capabilities are now expanding beyond the hypothetical, though, the letter went on to say “it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.” The potential for both good and harm from these disruptive technologies is enormous. Understanding the future of these systems requires urgent, cross-disciplinary conversation. This panel will bring together three pioneering voices across the fields of computational science, behavioral medicine, and healthcare to identify the provocative questions that are urgently needed to guide the evolution of “intelligent systems” in medicine.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Presidential Symposium: From Ideas to Interventions: A Review of Frameworks for Designing and Optimizing Health-Related Behavioral Interventions
Date: June 12, 2020

Behavioral risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, adverse diet, sedentary lifestyles, overweight and obesity) are major contributors to chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Designing more effective interventions for these risk factors is critical to accelerating the impact of behavioral medicine on disease incidence, progression and recovery. While there exist a number of frameworks and process models aimed at promoting the careful, systematic design and optimization of behavioral interventions, little guidance is available to compare key aspects of these models, understand their common and unique features, and aid in selecting the best approach for a specific research question. In this symposium, several approaches to designing and optimizing interventions for behavioral risk factors will be reviewed to promote greater knowledge of each individual framework, advance our understanding of commonalities and synergies between the frameworks, and allow for an informed choice on the part of investigators interested in developing and testing health-related behavioral interventions.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Forging Forward Together: Transforming Scientific Practice to Accelerate Scientific Progress
Date: June 9, 2020

Today we face the challenge of modernizing legacy approaches of yesterday to enable us to address our increasingly complex health problems of tomorrow. Our behavioral medicine community has the opportunity to collectively re-envision, influence, and forge paths through deeply entrenched systems that can hinder scientific progress. These systems include structures in academia, policies for rewarding and recognizing researchers, approaches to pedagogy, training, and development, and infrastructures for and uses of technologies. Through the lens of cross-disciplinary team science, Kara Hall, PhD, will explore opportunities to accelerate our science and reflect on the use of science to transform the way we do science.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Presidential Panel Discussion: Sharing your Findings: Strategies for Effective and Engaging Science Communication
Date: June 5, 2020

Without science communication, research findings stay in academia. Although training opportunities are growing, it is not yet common practice to teach scientists communication skills concurrently with research training. For those that recognize the importance of science communication, it is often difficult to know where to begin and how to incorporate an added skillset into an already demanding workload. The goal of this panel is to give attendants a practical set of actions they can take to get started in science communication and considerations to keep in mind before they begin engaging in science communication through writing, multimedia, and in person activities. External panelists with expertise in science communication will co-present on the panel. Each will share 1) their journey from science to science communication 2) the current projects they are focusing on and 3) their advice on how to get started communicating science to a particular audience. The panel discussion will include important concepts in communicating science such as understanding an audience, using storytelling as a tool to communicate, and reducing jargon, as well a myriad of resources available to scientists interested in improving their communication skills.


Evidence and the Call to Action for Implementation of the Updated Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
Date: June 4th, 2020

Accumulating evidence for the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors led to the updating of guidelines in 2019.  The immediate and most pressing need is to make the guidelines a reality for all cancer survivors. The presentations will provide an overview of the current state of evidence for cancer survivorship, the translation of these guidelines into clinical practice and the research questions that are relevant to making exercise an essential component of cancer survivorship care. 


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Beyond Buzzwords: Innovation, Inequity, and Imagination in the 21st Century
Date: June 2, 2020

From precision medicine to predictive algorithms, science and technology seek to address a variety of human problems by producing data and tools to help us understand our world and ourselves. But without careful consideration of the social dimensions of innovation, we risk reinforcing longstanding forms of inequality and injustice, and even producing new forms of discrimination that are hidden behind a veneer of technological neutrality. In this talk, Ruha Benjamin, PhD, will examine a range of contemporary issues at the nexus of data and democracy—from DNA databases to targeted advertising—so we can think together about the social values embedded in these platforms and systems. Her aim is to expand our collective imagination around what counts as relevant and meaningful to scholarly and public debates, so a greater array of people can shape the world we inhabit.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Presidential Symposium: Management of Psychological Distress in Patients with Cancer - Are We Doing the Right Thing?
Date: May 29, 2020

Distress is highly prevalent among patients with cancer. In patients in the anti-tumor phase of treatment, the reported prevalence rate ranges from 18% to 52%. Identification and treatment of distress is a clinical priority, because distress is a risk factor for non-adherence with medical treatment and for a poor outcome in physical, mental and social life domains. Currently, the dominant care paradigm for the management of distress is ‘distress screening and referral for the provision of psychosocial care’. Dissemination and implementation science may guide efforts to optimize the design, implementation, and evaluation of distress screening programs. On the other hand, basic assumptions underlying the paradigm can be questioned. These assumptions concern the nature of support needed in coping with emotions. The overall goal of this symposium is to explore possibilities to improve psychosocial cancer care based on the screening paradigm, and to explore the need for an alternative care paradigm.


Annual Meeting Webinar Series: Presidential Keynote: Accelerating our Science - Provocative Questions in Behavioral Medicine
Date: May 26, 2020

What does behavioral medicine of the future look like? What kind of research will we be doing? SBM President Michael Diefenbach, PhD, will present the results of the Provocative Questions in Behavioral Medicine initiative. This crowdsourced multi-stage effort involved the full SBM membership and will provide a glimpse into the future of behavioral medicine. Attendees will be informed about the methodology and results of the provocative questions initiative. Attendees will learn about future directions of behavioral medicine and efforts we might undertake to meet future challenges.


Best Practices for Navigating Tenure and Promotion
Date: March 5, 2020

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.


Machine Learning in Behavioral Science
Date: February 27, 2020

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.


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 tec