The American Academy of Health Behavior

Submitting a Podium Research Presentation Abstract

2017 Meeting Theme: Health Behavior Research in the Age of Personalized Medicine

The American Academy of Health Behavior invites abstracts to be considered for podium research presentations at the 2017 annual meeting March 19-22, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting theme: Health Behavior Research in the Age of Personalized Medicine highlights the need for public health practitioners and medical personnel to collaboratively migrate towards a tailored approach to health and well-being by accounting for unique personal characteristics (i.e., genetics, social and environmental risk factors) and individual responses to interventions. Personalized medicine has the potential to alter the way health problems are studied and managed, which can ultimately advance public and behavioral health.

General Guidelines 

Using the meeting theme as a guide, please submit an abstract of 1,000 words or less describing your proposed podium presentation. Only abstracts related to the meeting theme will be accepted. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length and will conclude with a panel discussion guided by a senior AAHB members. Please review the Podium Presentation Review Criteria prior to submitting an abstract. Please include enough detail in your submission for reviewers to judge the quality and content of your proposed presentations. A limited number of podium presentations will be chosen

Researchers can submit no more than 3 first-author abstract submissions. Co-authorship is unlimited. If a person submits more than 3 first-author abstracts, that person will be asked by the Abstract Review Chair to choose which 3 abstracts they would like reviewed.

No Show Policy: Any cancellations for abstract presentations must be due to professional and/or personal/family health emergencies and be made directly to the AAHB Research Review Chair. Cancellations must be made prior to the first day of the Annual Meeting. All those violating this policy will be subject to a one-year probation period during which they may not submit an abstract for presentation at an AAHB annual meeting.

Podium Abstract Deadline: September 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., PST

Both members and non-members are encouraged to submit podium presentation abstracts for the meeting. Authors will be notified of the status of their submission(s) by November 7, 2016. Speakers will be responsible for their own conference-related expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, meeting registration). 

Click on this link to view the podium research presentation abstract review criteria. 

If your abstract is not accepted for a podium presentation, you will still have a chance to submit your research for a poster presentation during the late-breaker abstract submission period November 16 to December 6, 2016.

During the submission process, you will be asked if you would like to be considered for the Judy K. Black Award. You are eligible for this award if you: 1) are an early-career health behavior researcher (i.e., individuals with <5 years post doctoral or other terminal degree, AND 2) have been an AAHB Affiliate or Full member in good standing for 2 years.

Click on this link for the details of the Judy K. Black Early Research Award.

Should you have any questions about the podium presentation abstract submission or review process, please contact the 2017 Research Review Committee Chair, Dr. Abigail Gamble at

To submit a podium presentation abstract, click on the button below

We look forward to receiving your submissions, as well as your attendance at the meeting in Tucson, Arizona!

Abigail Gamble, Ph.D.
2017 Research Review Committee Chair

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