The American Academy of Health Behavior

Submitting a Poster 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 poster 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 

We particularly encourage research abstracts related to the theme of the meeting; however, abstracts related to other health behavior topics and settings are welcome for submission. Preference will be given to quantitative and qualitative research-based abstracts that report complete results. Abstracts are limited to 300 words (i.e., body of abstract). Please be sure to check the word count before submitting as only the first 300 words will be considered for review.  

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.

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

Both member and non-members are encouraged to submit abstracts for the meeting. Authors will be notified of the status of their submission(s) by November 7, 2016. If your abstract is accepted, it is expected that you or a co-author will register for the meeting and be present for the session. 

Click on this link to review an example of a poster research presentation abstract. 

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

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 poster presentation abstract submission or review process, please contact the 2016 Research Review Committee Chair, Dr. Abigail Gamble at

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

Annual Poster Presentation Awards

AAHB recognizes outstanding poster research presentations at the annual meeting.

  • Outstanding Poster Presentation (one awarded)
  • Outstanding Student Poster Presentation (one awarded)
  • Posters of Distinction  (multiple awards)

If you would like your poster to be considered for one of the annual awards please check the appropriate box on the submission form. 

Click HERE to view last year's award winning research posters.

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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