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Dear ISBM-Members,Dear ISBM-Members,
Welcome to the first ISBM newsletter of 2016, and my first as Editor. I wanted to start by acknowledging Beate Ditzen whom has made a tremendous contribution to ISBM in this role over the past 4 years. I will similarly look to serve the ISBM and its members by providing the latest news from the Society, professional development opportunities and events, and the recent scientific developments in the field of behavioral medicine.
In this issue, the ISBM president Adrienne Stauder outlines a number of changes and new appointments in the Society including an-nouncement of the new Secretary. Excitingly Adrienne also outlined ISBM involvement as a partner Society at the World Heart Federation Global Summit in London to discuss collabora-tion to reach the goals of the 25 by 25 initiative launched by the WHO.
Christina Lee, Editor of the IJBM announces new Associate Editors of the journal and reviews an insightful article examining barriers to HIV prevention in Zambia. The journal is also inviting submissions to a special issue of the journal devoted to women’s reproductive health, focusing on women’s experiences, challenges, relation-ships and interactions with healthcare in socio-cultural contexts. The special issue will make an important scientific contribution to this im-portant health issue.
If it is not already in your calendar - book out 7-10th of December this year for a trip to Melbourne Australia for the ICBM2016 conference. The scientific committee is now accepting abstracts submissions – so don’t miss out! More details are provided in the newsletter, else visit the conference web-site

Luke Wolfenden

Newsletter Editor

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Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,
Although there was no ICBM in 2015, this was a very busy year for ISBM. I am glad to report several up-dates and new developments.

First of all I would like to welcome Luke Wolfenden (University of Newcastle, Australia) in his new position of ISBM Newsletter editor. He is taking over the editorship from Beate Ditzen, whom I would like to thank on behalf of the Board and all the readers of the Newsletter for her excellent work over the past 4 years, and congratulate her on her appointment as Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology in the Center for Psychosocial Medicine at the University Hospital Heidelberg!

ISBM has also a new Secretary: Maria Kleinstaeuber (Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany) has been elected as interim Secretary for the period of 2015-2016 as the Secretary Frank Penedo has been elected as President Elect.
The Governing Council (GC) also approved the reappointment of Sakari Suominen (University of Turku, Finland) as Chair of the Nominations Committee for a second 2-year term (2014-2016).

The ISBM Board had 3 meetings in 2015: one in person Board meeting in April, on the precongress day of the ISBM conference in San Antonio, Texas, and two web-meetings, in June and in October. In between these meetings there were extensive email discussions and several electronic votes, involving also the GC, about the ongoing issues.

The contract with Springer regarding the edition of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) has been renewed, that means that the online and the printed versions of the Journal continue to be available as in the previous years. The Editor-in-Chief Christina Lee (Univer-sity of Queensland, Australia) and the international Editorial Board welcomes submissions from all around the world. IJBM has published a special issue in June 2015, “Research to Reality: The Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Behavioral Medicine” guest edited by Carina Chan, Brian Oldenburg and Vish Viswanash.

The ISBM website ( has been renewed. The Communication Committee chaired by Urs Nater (University of Marburg, Germany) and our webmaster Alexandra Linnemann did an excellent work to make it more user-friendly and to modernize its design.


The ICBM2016 conference (Melbourne, 7-10 December, 2016) preparations are progressing very well, the Scientific Program Committee chaired by Akizumi Tsutsumi (Kitasato University School of Medicine, Japan) and the Local Organizing Committee chaired by Kerry Sherman (Macquarie University, Sydney Australia) have prepared and started to circulate the second announcement of ICBM2016. The abstract submission is now open, and all the important information are posted on the conference website Please visit the website, share the information with your colleagues and submit your abstract!

The organization of the ICBM2018 to be held in Santiago de Chile has also progressed. Eliana Guic Sesnic, Chair of the Local Organizing Com-mittee on behalf of the Chilean Society of Be-havioral Medicine and Health Psychology (SChMC&PS), organized a very productive site visit. Frank Penedo, president-elect and myself, as president visited the possible conference lo-cations and the proposed locations for the social programs. Based on the visit, the meetings with the LOC and the professional congress organizer, the Board suggestions and the approval of the GC, the ICBM 2018 will be in the Hotel Intercontinental, El Golf, Santiago de Chile, between November 14th-17th, 2018. The selected Pro-fessional Congress Organizer (PCO) is Zentidos.


To reach its goals, ISBM is cooperating with other organizations. ISBM presented a symposium entitled “Behavioral Medicine in the Psychoso-matic Context” at the conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) in Nuremberg, Germany, July 1-4, 2015. Such symposium was organized already in the previous years, and at the next EAPM conference in Luleå, Sweden, 16-18 June 2016, ISBM will be again present.

ISBM was present as a partner Society at the World Heart Federation Global Summit in London. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the possibilities of collaboration between interna-tional organizations to reach the goals of the 25 by 25 initiative launched by the WHO, and aiming to decrease by 25% the mortality from NCDs by 2025. A priority of the World Heart Federation (WHF) is the reduction of premature CVD mortality by 25% through the decrease of un-healthy behaviors and the increase of medica-tion adherence and early diagnosis. Thus the implementation of behavioral medicine exper-tise to facilitate behavior change and health promotion has been offered by ISBM, the Education and Training Committee chaired by Anne H. Berman (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) is actively involved. However actions have to be taken locally, the collaboration at national level between behavioral scientists and clinicians (eg. cardiologists) is encouraged and supported by ISBM. You can read more about the 25 by 25 and proposed actions on the WHF webpage: and


The INSPIRE Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Seng (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA) proposed a new Award, the “Health and Behavior International Collaborative Research Award”.The proposal has been approved; the first awardees will be selected in 2016.

The Executive Committee with the involvement of the Strategic Planning Committee (chair: Bernd Leplow, Halle University, Germany) and the Board is currently working on further organizational developments, such as the outsourcing of administrative tasks to a professional management company.

Finally I would like to encourage the member societies and all individual members to participate actively in the ISBM nomination processes. Two calls have been launched: one by the Nom-inations Committee to name nominees for the open positions by May 1st 2016. The other call is circulated by the Awards Committee (chaired by Joost Dekker, VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands) to nominate candidates for various ISBM awards. For the details, please check the ISBM website.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or to send your suggestions to me, or any Board Member. If you wish to be involved in the work of an ISBM Committee, please contact the Committee Chair (


I wish you a Prosperous Year 2016,

Adrienne Stauder

News from the Editor-in-Chief of IJBM

In the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, we have a truly world-class Society journal. Our growing reputation has led to increased numbers of submissions, enabling an expansion to 6 issues per year, while maintaining a very high standard. We accepted 27% of all submis-sions in 2013 and 23% in 2014, reflecting our goal of ensuring that every manuscript published is of the highest international standard.

It was a great pleasure this year to dedicate issue 3 (June) to a special issue, Research to Reali-ty: The Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Behavioral Medicine. This issue, guest edited by ICBM stalwarts Carina Chan, Brian Oldenburg, and Vish Viswanath, grew out of a successful pre-conference workshop in conjunction with our 2012 International Congress in Buda-pest. Workshop speakers and others from around the world, contributed fifteen high-quality papers. Author affiliations included Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Uganda, UK, USA, and Zambia. The is-sue includes systematic reviews, program eval-uations, and theoretical and methodological contributions, all focusing on strategies for translating best practice in challenging environ-ments, in order to make meaningful changes in people’s lives.

A team of Japanese colleagues (Akihito Shimazu, Akizumi Tsutsumi, and Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi) are working towards completion of a special issue on behavioral medicine in Asia-Pacific regions, which I look forward to publishing in the coming
year. Another special issue on “e-Health Inter-ventions for Addictive Behaviors” (Guest Editors Anne H. Berman, Mette Torp Hoybe, and Mathi-jis Blankers) is open for submissions; and one more, on women’s reproductive Health (Yael Benyamini and Irina Todorova) is in the planning stages.

I am delighted to welcome two new Associate Editors, Jennifer Bowman from Australia and Gerry Molloy from Ireland, to join the team. A great deal of editorial and review work goes on behind the scenes to make the journal work. We are particularly appreciative of our reviewers, who find time in busy academic lives to provide expert opinions. So far this year we have appre-ciated receiving a total of 238 independent external reviews, from 179 people in 25 different countries.

Editor’s Choice
Jones, D., Weiss, S.W., & Chitalu, N. (2015). HIV prevention in resource limited settings: A case study of challenges and opportunities for im-plementation. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 384-392.


This special-issue article focused on overcoming barriers to HIV prevention in Zambia. Working through community health centres, the authors implemented a train-the-trainer strategy to maximise the reach of their intervention. Adaptation and implementation required engagement at three levels. Structurally it was neces-sary to recruit government and community partners at national and provincial levels. At the organizational level, sites and staff who were committed to change and could participate needed to be identified. At the provider level, it was necessary to design, modify and evaluate training workshops and coaching activities, and to consult with on-the-ground staff to ensure the feasibility of the program. The authors concluded by emphasising the need to implement programs at a steady and cautious pace, and to ensure that all stakeholders are willing to take ownership, for programs to succeed in challeng-ing environments.

Thank you to all Societies for notifying their members of the call for expressions of interest in taking on the editorship when my term finishes; I would be happy


Christina Lee

Editor of IJBM

Call for Papers: Special issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Women’s reproductive health in socio-cultural context

This special issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) will be devoted to women’s reproductive health, focusing on women’s experiences, challenges, relationships and interactions with healthcare in sociocultural contexts. This issue will draw attention to gendered and sociocultural aspects of health as they relate to the health of women internationally. It will be of interest to scholars in behavioral medicine, psychology, and other social sci-ences.
Women deal with gender-specific reproductive health issues, or experience some health issues differently to men, because of biological, social, and psychological differences. The social con-struction of gender is related to health and health behaviors, as well as to barriers and inequalities in health and healthcare. Reproductive health matters such as pregnancy, childbirth, in-fertility, cervical and breast cancer, concern women across the globe and have social and fi-nancial implications for women, their families, and society in general. A major emphasis will be placed on the sociocultural contexts in which women live and how they resonate with gender, beliefs, attitudes, and health behaviors, and influence healthcare and health policy.
The purpose of this issue is to encourage re-search that focuses on women and their health in the multidimensionality of their lives. In every culture there are gender role expectations that shape women's lives, and to fully understand women's health issues, they must be studied in context.


Questions that could be addressed include:
o How do the multiple ways in which gender is constructed relate to women’s reproductive health?
o How does the intersection of gender, race, and class in local and global contexts have implications for health?
o What are the important issues regarding women’s reproductive health in professional and organizational con-texts?
o What new issues relating to women’s health arise from advances in health technology and in social media?
o What health issues are important for girls and women from a life span perspective?
This special issue is intended to add to the theo-retical and empirical knowledge about women’s reproductive health and consider implications for the practice of health psychology and behav-ioral medicine across the globe. We encourage submission of original, empirical studies as well as theoretical papers, methodological papers, systematic reviews or meta-analyses. We en-courage submissions:
o From health psychology and behavioral medicine and with interdisciplinary perspectives
o With different methodological ap-proaches, including qualitative, quanti-tative, and mixed methods
o From a range of local contexts focusing on the concerns of the full spectrum of women, including Indigenous women; immigrant and refugee women;
ethnicity; ageing; social inequalities and social exclusion
o Addressing intergenerational issues

o Examining social media and other modern/post-modern phenomena


Papers and short communications should follow the IJBM instructions for authors All submissions will undergo anonymous peer review.

Please submit your manuscripts by June 20, 2016 through Publication is expected in 2017.

Guest Editors:
Yael Benyamini, Tel Aviv University, Israel (
Irina Todorova, Health Psychology Research Center, Bulgaria (

The Behavioral Medicine MOOC - Announcement

The Behavioral Medicine MOOC on the platform - KIBEHMEDx - is now running in a five-month self-paced version, which opened on February 1st 2016 and will last until June 30, 2016. In the self-paced version, students work entirely at their own pace and have access to interaction with one another in the live discussion forums. Please disseminate information on this exciting and useful course, including an intro-duction to Motivational Interviewing, assess-ment and treatment of stress and sleep disor-ders, increasing physical activity, and behaviors for reducing the risk of infection. Search for KIBEHMEDx on the platform to enrol. The course is entirely free of charge although a verified certificate is available for a small fee to those interested.

Anne H. Berman
Education and Training Committee

Behavioral Medicine:Making an Impact in the Modern World

Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), the Australasian Society for Behavioral Health and Medicine (ASBHM) warmly invites you to the 14th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Based on the tradition of the previous congresses, this scientific program will include keynote addresses, master dialogues/debates, symposia, roundtable discussions, oral and poster presen-tations, meetings of special interest groups, teaching and training workshops, satellite activities, and scientific and trade exhibitions.
This Congress will be attended by experts in be-havioral medicine and related disciplines from every region of the world offering an excellent opportunity for networking and building collaborations among scientists from diverse regions of the world as well as discussions between disciplines that contribute to the science and prac-tice of behavioral medicine.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to enjoy the start of our summer in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, in South Eastern Australia.
Melbourne is voted as the “world’s most livea-ble city”. Melbourne has spectacular architecture, ethnic diversity, vibrant cafes and restau-rants, beautiful parks, beaches and gardens, as well as sporting and cultural events.

Ichiro Kawachi Harvard University, USA Why Do Attempts to Change Behavior Fail – and what can behavioral economics add?
Christina Lee University of Queensland, Australia Women’s Health in Context
Rona Moss-Morris
King’s College, London, UK Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Call for Proposals to Host the ICBM 2020

Dear member societies of ISBM,
As you know this year the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (ICBM) will be held in Melbourne (Australia). The following congress will be held in Santiago de Chile in 2018. Several member societies have already expressed their interest in hosting the ICBM in 2020. We are now approaching all member societies about the possibility to host the ICBM 2020. All our previous congresses have been successful both scientifically and financially.

If your Society considers applying for the organization of the ICBM in 2020, please submit a preliminary proposal by May 31st 2016. There are no formal guidelines about the structure and the content of the preliminary proposal, however we suggest considering the following points:

1) Please, check and state your agreement to follow the current guidelines for organizing the congress attached or at Please be aware that these guidelines may slightly change by 2020 as ISBM is currently work-ing towards outsourcing the abstract and registration handling to a management support company (i.e., MCI). The LOC, ISBM, and MCI would need to do some fine tuning to organize the tasks, also with re-gard to financial arrangements. However we have to emphasize that we are in a phase of transition in this respect which can bring some uncertainty. At the same time we expect that the cooperation with the management company will bring a great improvement over the present situation
where each LOC has to create and to adapt an abstract handling system.

2) We suggest covering the following items in your proposal:
- Dates
- Venues
- Motivation (what makes the bid attractive)
- Organizer (who is responsible), professional congress organizer, members of LOC
- Statement on following the ICBM guidelines (e.g., the SPC will be re-sponsible for the content of the congress)
- Preliminary outline of the program
- Promotion
- Preliminary budget arrangements (who is responsible, sharing of risk/profit, fees)
Of course, this is a preliminary proposal only. We therefore will need only an outline of these items (e.g., options for the dates, options for the venue, potential LOC members, etc.). A detailed proposal for the location and the budget will be asked in a next phase of the application process.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or guidance.
Best regards
ISBM Executive Committee
Adrienne Stauder, President
Joost Dekker, Past-President
Frank Penedo, President Elect
Maria Kleinstaeuber, Secretary
Maria Nordin, Treasurer

ISBM 2016 Awards

ISBM is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the following awards, to be presented at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Melbourne, December 2016.

Scientific awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes substantial contributions to behavioral medicine over the whole of a career. Recipients are recognized for distinguished scholarly contributions to the science of behavioral medicine across a productive career.

- Distinguished Scientist Award
This award recognizes distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to behavioral medi-cine. Recipients have made several outstanding contributions to the science of behavioral medicine.

- Outstanding New Investigator Award
This award recognizes an outstanding contribution by a new investigator to the science of behavioral medicine. Recipients have made a specific, outstanding contribution to the science of behavioral medicine, and are more experienced than those who apply for the Early Career Award.

Service awards
- Distinguished Career Contribution Award
This award recognizes a distinguished career as a leader in the field of behavioral medicine. Re-cipients have made distinguished contributions at national or regional level to the development of behavioral medicine. Contributions can be to behavioral medicine as a clinical field or as a field in public health and health promotion; to teaching of behavioral medicine; or to mentoring in the field of behavioral medicine.

- Contributions to International Collaborations Award
This award recognizes important contributions to facilitate international collaboration in the field of behavioral medicine. Recipients have made distinguished contributions to facilitate collaboration between ISBM member societies, or between ISBM and organizations outside ISBM.

Please note: The call for Early Career Awards will be made separately, in conjunction with the ICBM2016 call for abstracts.

Candidates may be nominated by ISBM Member Societies. To nominate, please submit the fol-lowing by 1 May 2016: name of the individual, a brief curriculum vitae, the name of the award for which the nomination is being made, and a brief statement on the grounds for the nomina-tion. Nominations should be sent via email to the chair of the ISBM Awards Committee, Joost Dekker PhD, The ISBM Awards Committee will make the selection of awardees. The awards will be presented at the ICBM Opening Ceremony, December 2016. Nominations will be treated confidentially.

Call for Nominees for Board Offices

International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM),
ISBM is a vibrant society facilitating international collaboration in the field of behavioral medicine. The ISBM board comprises of 16 members and the President, concurrently Adrienne Stauder from Hungary. Several offices in the Board will be open for election in 2016.

The task of the Nominations Committee is to solicit at least two candidates for each open office and to compile a list of nominees that will be circulated at least a month before the Governing Council meeting where the elections will take place. The next elections will be held in December 2016 during our 14th ICBM meeting in Melbourne, Australia.

According to the Standard Procedure of the Nominating Committee, the chair of the Nominating Committee inquires with the President and Secretary twelve months before the Governing Council meeting which offices are open for election. As the chair of this Committee, I have done this and come to the conclusion that the following positions, all concomitantly positions within the Board of the ISBM, will be open for election in Melbourne in December 2016. Please, note that the term starts immediately after the conference in Melbourne.


-President Elect

- Secretary
- Chair Communications Committee
- Chair Finance Committee
- Chair International Collaborations Committee


I hereby ask you to name nominees for each open position. Nominations must be submitted by Full Member Societies of ISBM per the following guidelines:
- Full Member societies can nomi-nate any individual in any full member society.
- Nominations should include a CV and a statement of the nominee on what he or she wants to achieve during his/her term.
- Full Member Societies need to check that the potential nominee is willing to be nominated.
- The deadline for nominating is 1 May 2016. Please send your nominations to the secretary of the ISBM, Dr. Maria Kleinstaeuber,

After having received your nominations, I shall continue the work by producing a list of at least two candidates for each vacant position to be filled in the Governing Council Meeting in Mel-bourne in December 2016. As nominees are recommended and selected for election, please keep in mind that one of our goals is to achieve balance according to gender, geographical dis-tribution and scientific discipline. If you or a potential nominee would like to discuss the open positions or the election procedure, please feel free to contact me ( or current President, Adrienne Stauder ( Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the open positions or the election procedure. You can also visit our homepage or contact the Secretary Maria Kleinstaeuber,


Kind regards,
Sakari Suominen
Chair of the Nominations Committee


We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award! This award is jointly sponsored by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) and the Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

The purpose of the award is to facilitate a mini-mum of one week visit to an international la-boratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor. The proposed visit will be based on aims to pursue a specific research project or a specific program development project in the areas of health re-search, clinical behavioral health, or health promotion. The applicant will receive $3,000 USD to offset costs of travel and accommodations to visit the lab of an international mentor. Two awards will be competitively granted each year. Applicants can be trainees or early career professionals within 5 years of completing their terminal degree.

We received over 20 applications for the award this year. Awards will be announced on May 15th 2016.
For more information about the award and instructions for applying, please visit or

2015 China National Congress of Behavioral Medicine

The 17th China National Congress of Behavioral Medicine, organized by Behavioral Medicine Branch of Chinese Medical Association (CMA), was held on August 28-30, 2015 in Wuxi City, Jiangsu, China.

Nearly 500 national and international researchers attended the congress. The congress covered several critical issues related to behavioral medicine such as mechanisms of behavior development, impact of culture and education on human behaviors, and behavior modifications. Prof Joost Dekker, the former ISBM President, was invited to give a speech at the opening cer-emony and to deliver a keynote speech concerning scope of behavioral medicine from an international perspective.

During the national conference, several prizes were awarded to senior researchers for their outstanding contribution to behavioral medicine in China, and the launching ceremony was held for the book titled ‘Behavioral Medicine in China (second edition)’, edited by Zhiyin Yang and Bo Bai.

Behavioral Medicine Branch of CMA was officially established in 1990, when the first National Congress of Behavioral Medicine was held in Tianjin, China. The national conference has been organized annually since 2006. Prof Bo Bai is currently the President of Behavioral Medicine Brance of CMA, and Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Brain Sciences.