Call For Poster Presentation Abstracts

2021 Virtual Meeting 
"Transforming the Narrative to Meet Emerging Health Behavior Challenges"

Late Breaker Poster Abstract Submission - Jan. 9-29, 2021

Late Breaker Deadline:  Jan. 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT

Notification of Late Breaker Acceptance:  Feb. 20, 2021

All Posters uploaded by March 8, 2020.  Upload Information will be provided to all accepted abstracts.

Regular ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 11, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. PDT

Notification of Regular Abstract Acceptance:  January 8, 2021

FREE Registration for AAHB Members through Jan. 15, 2021.

Low Fees for Non-AAHB Members! 

The American Academy of Health Behavior invites you to submit your abstracts to be considered for poster presentations at the virtual meeting in March 2021. This year's meeting theme is Transforming the Narrative to Meet Emerging Health Behavior Challenges. In an era of fake news, a perceived war on science, and social media influencers, it has never been more important for health behavior researchers to get reliable and accurate information out to the public. This conference will focus on equipping members with the skills to transform and shape their health behavior scholarship to adapt and thrive when "new" health challenges emerge and the general narrative is confusing. The conference will showcase skills-based research and trainings that can be applied to a variety of health behaviors to make our scientific narrative more engaging and relevant. 

Note: If you submitted an abstract for 2020, and selected that you would like to present for 2021, there is no need to resubmit. Your abstract has already been moved forward for presentation at this year’s conference based on your response to the October survey.

General Guidelines- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 

We particularly encourage submissions that are related to the meeting theme.  Abstracts related to other health behavior topics are also welcome for submission. Preference will be given to quantitative and qualitative research-based abstracts that report complete results. 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. 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 virtual meeting.

Note: If you submitted an abstract for 2020, and selected that you would like to present for 2021, there is no need to resubmit. Your abstract is already accounted for based on your response to the October survey.

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 virtual meeting. Those in violation of this policy will be subject to a one-year probation period during which they may not present at an AAHB annual meeting.

Regular ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE was December 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm PDT 

Regular Abstract Submission Authors will be notified of the status of their submission(s) by January 8, 2021.

Both members and non-members are encouraged to submit abstracts for the meeting. 

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

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

Annual Poster Presentation Awards for Regular Poster Abstract Submissions

During the submission process, you will be asked if you would like to be considered for a poster award. AAHB recognizes outstanding posters in the following categories: 

  • Outstanding Research Poster (one awarded)
  • Research Poster of Distinction (multiple awards possible) 
  • Outstanding Student Poster (one awarded)
  • Student Poster of Distinction  (multiple awards possible)

Click here to view the award winning research posters from prior years.

To submit an abstract, please click on the link below to be directed to the AAHB website to "register" for the event. The "register" button will be used to submit the abstract. You must register for each abstract you submit. Multiple abstract submissions are allowed, and you will need to register for each submission. For example, if you plan to submit two abstracts, you must register for each abstract, separately. 

Click on the button below to go to the registration page to submit a Late Breaker Poster Abstract

Please direct all questions concerning abstract submission and the review process to Erika Thompson (  We look forward to receiving your submissions and to your attendance at the virtual meeting. 


Erika Thompson, PhD

2021 Research Review Chair 

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