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  • 10 Sep 2017 5:48 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    SBM’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Deadline is September 25

    The abstract deadline for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) 2018 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions is September 25, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submit an abstract online today by clicking this link:

    AAHB members are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation consideration as posters, papers, seminars, panel discussions, or symposia, pending peer review. There are over 30 different abstract submission topic areas, including health decision making, dissemination and implementation, and digital health.

    The Annual Meeting will take place April 11-14, in New Orleans, LA. SBM’s annual meetings routinely feature 1,400+ presentations and 2,100+ attendees, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who are dedicated to improving health by improving behavior. The 2018 meeting features the theme “Extending Our Reach,” and will focus on expanding the impact of behavioral medicine research with healthcare practitioners, policymakers, industry partners and the public at large.

  • 07 Feb 2017 12:03 PM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Click here to access the AAHB 2017 1st Quarter Newsletter!

    Read more about the #AAHB2017 Annual Scientific Meeting next month in Tucson, Arizona.

    Read about promotions and awards of our members including Drs. Kelli Will, Lawrence Green, Shervin Assari, and Chandra Ford.

    Read about a cutting-edge health behavior research app, publications and grants in the areas of injury prevention, substance abuse and addictions, medical marijuana laws, applied psychology, military fitness, behavioral risk factors, and more!

  • 26 Jan 2017 12:43 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Dear Prospective Student,

    The School of Social Work at San Diego State University and the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego are now offering a Joint Doctoral Program Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use.  This program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in substance use research with the knowledge and skills to advance evidence-based and applied substance use research, interventions, programs, and policies.

    Our joint doctoral program opens up a  world-wide, Ph.D opportunity for prospective students in the field of Substance Use. Prospective students must have a foundational background in research (e.g., prior courses in statistics and research methods and participation in research (e.g., co-author on peer-reviewed paper).

    The focus of the Ph.D is on research and its application to substance use prevention, broadly defined as primary prevention and harm reduction; therefore, its curriculum stands out as unique within the field. Students will also be equipped to conduct research to include co-occurring disorders that often accompany substance use (e.g., Mental Health, HIV, Tuberculosis) 

    Generous program support for Students: On a competitive basis, the program includes tuition and four training scholarships (Teaching Associateship positions) per year ($20,000/year for up to 4 years).

    This non-clinical research degree is the first of its kind in the nation.  Graduates of this program will be well-equipped to take leadership positions in substance use and related fields and contribute to the advancement of policies aimed at reducing the burden of substance use among impacted communities.

    We are now accepting applications.  

    Please contact us if you would like additional information about the program.


  • 13 Jan 2017 5:24 PM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Registration is Open for AAHB 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, "Health Behavior Research in the Age of Personalized Medicine". The meeting will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ which offers excellent accommodations, local shopping, and a variety of activities (golf, hiking, mountain biking, etc.). Come and learn more about the national precision medicine initiative; how genomics and genetic information can be used to motivate behavior change and address diabetes and heart disease prevention; the NIMH BRAIN initiative, and learn how to manage and analyze secondary data with Stata.  And that's all just in the first full day of the conference! Besides excellent research presentations, attendees will have numerous opportunities for networking throughout the meeting. Breakfasts and light evening snacks and a drink are included in the registration fee.  What are you waiting for?  Register today!

  • 05 Jan 2017 3:41 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, to be held March 29 to April 1, 2017, in San Diego, CA. The meeting theme, “La Buena Vista: Expanding Horizons of Behavioral Medicine," will look at past behavioral medicine accomplishments and encourage accelerated research translation. The meeting will feature hundreds of sessions including panel discussions, symposia, paper sessions, and keynote speakers Robert Ross (The California Endowment), Ana Diez Roux (Drexel’s School of Public Health), Harold Goldstein (Public Health Advocates), and Tracy Neal-Walden (U.S. Air Force). Register before March 1 to pay a discounted rate. Learn more at .

  • 06 Dec 2016 9:57 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Two PhD Programs in Behavioral and Community Health Epidemiology - UNT Health Science Center - School of Public Health

    UNTHSC PhD Promotion Flyer FA2017 (2).pdf

  • 28 Nov 2016 9:27 AM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    PhD Program Social and Behavioral Sciences 

    School of Public Health - University of Memphis 

    • Full tuition waiver plus $16,500 annual stipend stipend 
    • Opportunities to work in urban and global health research 
    • Mentored 3-year, CEPH-accredited program 
    Special Focus On: 
    •  Smoking and Substance Abuse 
    •  Nutrition and Physical Activity 
    •  Obesity, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and STDs 
    • Community-Based Participatory Research 
    •  Dissemination and Implementation Science 
    •  Health Disparities 
    For more information, see attached Flyer:  SBS PhD Flyer-2016.pdf

  • 28 Nov 2016 8:35 AM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Dear AAHB Members,

    Today, the American Academy of Health Behavior is proud to announce the launch of our new journal, Health Behavior Research.  This journal is the product of the hard work of many of our members over the past several years.  We hope that the papers in this journal will help us to advance the field with strong empirical articles and insightful theoretical pieces.  The journal is now officially accepting papers with a schedule to publish the first issue in the spring.  

    We have developed an outstanding editorial board with Past President and AAHB Fellow, Rita DeBate serving as Editor-in-Chief and Lawrence Green and Steven Sussman, both AAHB Research Laureates serving as Honorary Laureate editors.  Nine additional AAHB Fellows have agreed to serve as members of the editorial board creating an outstanding group of researchers to lead this journal.

    For guidelines on article submissions and more information, please visit

    This is our journal.  Let’s make it great!


    Jay E Maddock, Ph.D., | Dean

    School of Public Health 

    Texas A&M University

    Professor | Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

    Adjunct Professor | Bush School of Government and Public Service

    MS 1266 | 282 SPH Administration Building 

    College Station, TX 77843-1266

    ph. 979-436-9322

    Transforming Public Health

  • 27 Sep 2016 3:50 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)


    The American Public Health Association today announced the 2016 winners of its prestigious national awards, which recognize individuals for leadership, innovation and excellence in the field. The awards will be presented Nov. 1 during APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.

    Lawrence Green, MPH, DrPH, DSc (Hon.), professor (retired) at the School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, receives the APHA's 2016 Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health for devoting his career to the bridging of theory and research to planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies in public health.    

    The Sedgwick Memorial Medal, APHA’s oldest and most prestigious award, was established in honor of the late Professor William Thompson Sedgwick and was first awarded by APHA for distinguished service and advancement of public health knowledge and practice in 1929. Professor Sedgwick was president of APHA in 1915 and Head of the Department of Biological and Public Health at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1883 to 1921. The Sedgwick award, one of the highest honors bestowed by APHA, is a true accolade of the profession – the recognition by an individual’s colleagues of outstanding accomplishments in the field of public health.

    For more information, click HERE

  • 08 Aug 2016 3:31 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Dear Academy Members:

    Please join me in congratulating Dennis Thombs who has been named Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

    Dennis has been serving as Interim Dean since August 2015 and was selected for the position from among a nationwide search of candidates.

    He has been at the UNT Health Science Center since 2010 and has previously served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health; Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and Acting Director of the Texas Prevention Institute.

    “We welcome Dr. Thombs to this new position and look forward to his leadership in moving the School of Public Health to prominence,” said Dr. Thomas Yorio, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at the UNT Health Science Center. .

    Dennis has made major research contributions to the study of alcohol and drug use in the adolescent and young adulthood population. Over the last 25 years, his work has examined the role of peer norms in facilitating heavy, episodic drinking and impaired driving; identified specific pharmacologic, genetic, economic and site risk factors that contribute to unsafe patron intoxication levels in the on premise setting; and developed evidence-based, mental health first aid strategies to connect persons in need with professional mental health treatment resources.

    His research has been supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Education. He has authored more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals, and is the author of one of the leading textbooks on addiction,Introduction to Addictive Behaviors, published by the Guilford Press, and now in its fourth edition.

    Dennis named AAHB Fellow in 2005, and served as President of the Academy from 2009 to 2010.


    Dr. R. Scott Olds

    Visiting Professor

    College of Population Health 

    Director, Undergraduate Programs College of Population Health

    130 UCAC

    MSC09 5040

    University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    O 505 272 9363

    C 330 842 0400

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