The American Academy of Health Behavior

Professional Development & Mentoring Luncheons

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The Professional Development and Mentoring Council will offer lunch-time sessions on both Monday and Tuesday.

Topics vary year to year, but are intended to support the professional development of AAHB members and graduate students. 

FREE Lunches to the 1st 25 AAHB Members and Students (1st come, 1st serve - must show conference badge)

If you receive a FREE Lunch, be sure to thank the AAHB Fellows for their generous support!

Non-AAHB members or members/students after the 1st 25 have the option to purchase a lunch for $50 or bring your own lunch! If purchasing a lunch, please email at least 2 weeks before meeting. (resort request for food prep)

All conference participants are invited to attend the professional development and mentoring sessions (FREE)

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Professional Development Luncheon #1

Presenter:   Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, FGSA, FAAHB

Texas A&M University

Title:  Keys to Quality Mentorship and Productive Collaborations: Lessons Learned from AAHB Scholars

This interactive session will provide attendees with tips and strategies essential to form strong and productive mentor/mentee relationships and collaborations.  

The session will begin with brief presentations from the current AAHB Research Scholars Mentorship Program (RSMP) cohort to highlight their efforts over the past year. Then, a panel discussion will be facilitated to enable mentor/mentee pairs to share lessons learned and address questions from the audience. Past RSMP cohorts and those interested in being part of the 2020 RSMP are encouraged to attend. 

Monday's PDMC Luncheon Sponsor:  AAHB Fellows


  • Attendees will increase their familiarity with the scope and potential benefits of participation in the AAHB Research Scholars Mentoring Program.
  • Attendees will be able to describe several specific ways in which mentoring can promote the development and scholarship of early career professionals.
  • Attendees will be able to identify at least three strategies for making the most out of a mentoring relationship.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Professional Development Luncheon #2

Presenter:  Matthew E. Rossheim, PhD, MPH, CHP

George Mason University

"Managing and Analyzing Secondary Data with STATA"

This professional development session is designed for graduate students and researchers who have yet to use secondary data.  

Description:  This workshop is designed to give participants an introduction to using Stata for secondary data analysis. This PDMC presentation will include information on merging and appending data, cleaning and recoding variables, and conducting basic descriptive, bivariate, and multivariable analyses, as well as creating graphs.


  • Participants will learn about some of the benefits and drawbacks of using various statistical software packages
  • Participants will learn about resources available to them that can help them learn how to use Stata
  • Participants will learn about some important practices in quality data management
  • Participants will learn about some basic Stata commands

Tuesday's PDMC Luncheon Sponsor:  Stata

Sign up for the Luncheon and/or Optional workshop with your conference registration or email to sign up!

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