The American Academy of Health Behavior

Call For Late-Breaker Poster Presentation Abstracts

 2019 Annual Meeting

"Theory and Applications of Multiple Health Behavior Change"


The American Academy of Health Behavior invites late-breaker abstracts to be submitted for research poster presentations at the annual meeting from March 10-13, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. Late-breaker abstracts are expected to report high-quality and novel research. 

This year's meeting theme, Theory and Applications of Multiple Health Behavior Change, recognizes that most individuals engage in multiple related unhealthy behaviors, such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle,  tobacco use, and alcohol and drug misuse, as opposed to any single unhealthy behavior alone. These behaviors cluster due to shared biological, psychosocial, cultural, environmental, and behavioral antecedents and processes. Emerging health behavior theories acknowledge the interaction and mutual influence of behavior and biology on health and disease outcomes. Studies also have demonstrated that changes in one behavior can mutually benefit other behaviors, improving overall health for individuals and communities. While some research has examined multiple health behavior change interventions and found them to be successful, this remains an important area of research to address population level rises in the prevalence of poor health behaviors and associated morbidity, disability, mortality, and health care costs. This conference will focus on theory and applications of multiple health behavior change, including discussing theoretical foundations for this direction of research, examining common influences that can impact two or more behaviors simultaneously, and presenting design and analysis methods to develop, test, and disseminate multiple health behavior change interventions for individuals and communities.


We particularly encourage submissions that are related to the meeting theme.  Abstracts related to other health behavior topics are also welcome for submission. Only quantitative and qualitative research-based abstracts that report complete results will be considered. Abstracts are limited to 300 words (not including the title and author names). Please be sure to check the word count before submitting as only the first 300 words will be considered for review.  

You may submit no more than 3 abstracts as the first author INCLUDING any accepted abstracts. If you submit more than 3 abstracts as the first author, you will be asked to select abstracts for withdrawal.  There are no limits on co-authorship.  If your abstract is accepted, it is expected that you and/or a co-author will register for the meeting and be present for your session. 

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


Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by January 15, 2019.

Click here to review an example of a poster research presentation abstract. 

Click here to view the poster research presentation abstract review criteria. 

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We look forward to receiving your submissions and to your attendance at the meeting. 


Daphne C. Hernandez, PhD, MSEd 

2019 Research Review Chair 

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