The American Academy of Health Behavior

Professional Development Luncheons

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The Professional Development and Mentoring Council, with support from the AAHB Fellows will sponsor lunch-time sessions on both Monday (Feb. 22) and Tuesday (Feb. 23). 

Topics vary year to year, but are intended to support the professional development of AAHB members and graduate students. 

Seminars are FREE to the first 25 registered members & students; non-members pay $45.  

Registration is required! Luncheon Voucher will be provided with registration materials.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 - 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Professional Development Luncheon #1

Presenter:  Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, FAAHB 

Strategies and Tips for Writing Manuscripts and Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journals"

This session will enable students to strengthen their understanding about processes related to manuscript writing and publishing.  During this interactive session, participants will learn strategies to enhance their abilities to select the audiences for research findings, form writing teams, identify appropriate journals, organize and write manuscripts, and respond to reviewer comments.  No publishing experience is necessary to attend this session. 

Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify ways to engage the appropriate audience for the research story’ told by the proposed manuscript.

2.  Describe the process of identifying, inviting, and managing members of a writing team.

3.  Identify criteria for selecting journals in which to publish.

4.  Identify strategies to increase writing productivity and timeliness.

5.  Describe the manuscript submission process and recommended interactions with the Editorial Office. 

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 - 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Professional Development Luncheon #2

Presenters:   Lorraine R. Reitzel, PhD, FAAHB and Mary A. Steinhardt, Ed.D.

"The Importance of Mentoring: Lessons Learned from the AAHB Research Scholars Program"

This session will feature a panel of current or previous AAHB Research Scholars Mentors and Mentees who will discuss the program, provide details about their participation experience, explore the value of mentoring from both sides, and impart “lessons learned” from the mentoring process that can be benefit to other students and early career professionals. Mentees will be selected to represent a diversity of backgrounds and career stages and will describe their work plans and products, discuss the value of having a mentor this past year sponsored by AAHB, and offer advice to attendees regarding how to make the most of a mentorship experience. Mentors will discuss their mentoring style, what they value in a mentee, and how to ideally capitalize on a committed mentoring relationship. Mentors will also discuss how their own experiences as mentees have influenced their mentoring approach.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Attendees will increase their familiarity with the scope and potential benefits of participation in the AAHB Research Scholars Mentoring Program.

2.  Attendees will be able to describe several specific ways in which mentoring can promote the development and scholarship of early career professionals. 

3.  Attendees will be able to identify at least three strategies for making the most out of a mentoring relationship.

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