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Seeking Applications for IJBM Editor-in-Chief

The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) is seeking applications for Editor-in-Chief.


IJBM is the official scientific journal of the International Society for Behavioral Medicine (ISBM). IJBM seeks to present the best theoretically-driven, evidence-based work in the field of behavioral medicine from around the globe.


The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall management of the journal and is responsible for all editorial text that appears in the journal.


Applications are due via email to by November 1, 2023, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Click here for more information, including more details about the position.


Please contact with any further questions.

ICBM 2023 Updates

Keynote Speaker Spotlight


OPENING KEYNOTE: The Essential Role of Behavioral Medicine in Catalyzing Climate Action to Improve Health


Dr. Renee N. Salas is a well-recognized expert on climate change and its implications for health and health care delivery. She served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief between 2018 to 2021, moving to senior author in 2022, and founded and leads its Working Group of nearly 80 U.S. organizations. Read more about her career and achievements here


Pre-Congress Workshops


ICBM offers a great selection of pre-congress workshops to be held on August 23 at the congress hotel. Tickets for full- or half-day workshops can be purchased upon registration. Click here to learn more about the pre-congress workshops.


Early Career Awards


We are delighted to announce the 2023 Early Career Awardees! Early Career Awards are granted to promising researchers and clinicians early in their careers, to stimulate and encourage further career development within the field of Behavioral Medicine. We congratulate all recipients on achieving this award and thank everyone who applied. 


Dr. Valentina Carfora, Italy

Dr. Severin Hennemann, Germany

Dr. Marie Kotzur, UK

Ms. Grace Biyinzika Lubega, Uganda

Mr. Minori Machida, Japan

Ms. Nóra Radó, Hungary

Dr. Joshua Rash, Canada

Ms. Sharon Sanchez Franco, Colombia

Dr. Saravanan SP, India

Dr. Rachel Sutherland, Australia

Dr. Xue Yang, Hong Kong


Hotel Bookings


Please note that the congress room block is now full and preferred rates are no longer available. If you are planning to attend and have not yet booked a room, we advise to do so at your earliest convenience as hotel rates go up during the summer! For hotel recommendations, please click here


Explore Vancouver


Click here to learn more about the 'Show your badge' program for exclusive discounts and things to do in Vancouver and beautiful British Columbia. 

Call for Applications: South Florida C-TIDE T32 Training Program

The NIH-NCI funded South Florida C-TIDE T32 training program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is accepting applications for the 2023 program cycle. 


The program’s goal is to develop the next generation of cancer disparities researchers by providing exceptional training to post-doctoral fellows, such that they develop the requisite competencies for successfully pursuing high-impact, independent research organized around cancer disparities and health equity.


The program provides opportunities in a broad range of research training disciplines through two types of research tracks:

  1. Multilevel Determinants of Cancer Disparities in Etiology, Risk, Care and Outcomes Across the Cancer Control Continuum
  2. Innovative Interventions to Reduce Cancer Disparities and Improve Outcomes Across the Cancer Control Continuum


Fellows will...

  • Work under the direction of a faculty mentor for 24 months.
  • Develop research projects based upon his/her individual mentor research interests & expertise
  • Present their research through abstracts, poster sessions, peer-reviewed publications, manuscripts & grant applications.
  • Develop relevant skills in research
  • Follow Individual Development Plans
  • Participate in mentor/mentee and progress meetings



  1. Must have received terminal degree within 2 years of appointment in Behavioral Sciences, Oncology or other related discipline (PhD, MD, DO, MD/PhD)
  2. Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess a Non-citizen Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
  3. Candidates must be available for a full-time, 12-month appointment and agree to undertake a minimum of two years of research, research training, or comparable experiences from the time of appointment.
  4. Must not have previous participation in a T32 training program.


Application Requirements:

  1. Application and Form Data Sheet (please request)
  2. Research Interest & Goals Statement (1-2 pages)
  3. CV in UM Format
  4. Three letters of recommendation 


The program is currently accepting applications. Please submit applications by email to:


Visit our Website: South Florida C-TIDE NIH-NCI Funded Research Fellowship

ICBM 2023 Updates

Early bird rates end April 15 - register now!


Early Bird rates for the ICBM Congress in Vancouver end on April 15 - don't wait and register now. Rates will go up after that. 


Delegates whose organization is a full or affiliate member of ISBM, students and attendees from low- and middle-income countries benefit from reduced fees.


Click here to register for ICBM 2023!

Pre-Congress Workshops


ICBM offers a great selection of pre-congress workshops to be held on August 23, 2023 at the congress hotel. Tickets can be purchased upon registration. 


Full-Day Workshop

  • #1 - Introduction to most: an approach for building more effective and implementable behavioral interventions

Half-Day Workshops

  • #2 - Developing mobile health research apps using a “No-code” App Builder
  • #3 - Sustaining the implementation of chronic disease prevention initiatives in community settings
  • #4 - A primer on advanced evidence synthesis methods: how to plan for rapid systematic reviews and living systematic reviews
  • #5 - Contemporary mixed methods research for behavioral scientists
  • #6 - Open Your Data (OYD) – Let’s unpack the black box of qualitative analysis together
  • #7 - Integrating sustainable development: A co-creative workshop for researchers and practitioners in behavioral medicine

Click here for more information about pre-congress workshops!

ICBM 2023 Program Now Available

We are excited to share that the Congress schedule is now available on the website at:


We thank everyone who submitted an abstract and contributes to making this a wonderful learning opportunity. A big thank you to all our track chairs who reviewed abstracts and the scientific program committee for putting together what will be a fantastic program.  


Abstract Notifications have been sent to all presenters. Please reach out to our team at if you have not received a notification. 

Registration Now Open for ICBM 2023

We are excited to share that registration for ICBM 2023 in Vancouver is now open. Sign up for the Congress and book your hotel room at the preferred rate at the same time. Early Bird rates end on April 15, 2023. 


Preferred room rates will be available 3 days prior and post Congress (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay. By booking a room at the Congress hotel, you help the organizer to keep cost down for the meeting. 


If you are travelling to Canada from outside the country, please take a look at the travel and visa information posted here. Based on the current processing times for visa, it is recommended to apply 5 months prior to travelling.

Call for Applications: International Expert Workshop on the Digital Health Divide

Social inequalities are an important contributor to the global burden of disease. It has been initially assumed that digital health technology may increase access to high quality health care at low cost, however, first studies suggest that digital health risks to widen, instead of reducing, health disparities.


This workshop aims to build an international network of researchers in public health and related fields addressing social inequalities in digital health to synthesize the current state of research, assess underlying mechanisms of the digital divide, identify research gaps, and propose potential solutions to improve digital health for all.


The workshop will be held from 20 to 23 June 2023 in Kulmbach, Germany. Abstract submissions are now open and close on 5 March, 11:59 CET. The workshop is free of charge thanks to generous funding of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre. Coffee breaks and a networking dinner will be covered. Attendees will need to cover their travel costs and accommodation. Up to 5 travel bursaries are available for early career researchers (up to 6 years post PhD) from low and middle income countries of up to 750€ to cover travel costs and accommodation. 


More information about the workshop and how to apply:


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Laura Koenig at

Call for Applications - HBIC 2023 Travel Awards

Boost your research with an international mentor!


The Health & Behavioral International Collaborative (HBIC) Award is designed to facilitate collaborations with international lab or research group under the guidance of a mentor. The award is intended for graduate students, residents, professional students and early career professionals.


Learn more about the HBIC 2023 Award Competition at:


Application period begins November 30.

Apply by March 10.

ICBM 2023: Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions Now Open!

The Congress is now accepting submissions for late-breaking abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. The submission deadline is March 30, 2023 and guidelines can be found on the Congress website.

Dekker et al. article: "Psychologically Informed Health Care"

This new article in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine is highly relevant to the behavioral medicine community and may be of interest to ISBM members.


The author team includes a group of international collaborators, including Joost Dekker (Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Samuel Sears (East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA), Pernilla Åsenlöf (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden), and Katherine Berry (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK). Notably, Joost Dekker and Pernilla Åsenlöf are also members of the ISBM Board.


The authors define "psychologically informed health care" as "the comprehensive integration of psychological principles into healthcare". They discuss key characteristics, illustrative vignettes, and future directions for this model of care.


The article is available (open access) at:


You can also contact Joost Dekker, the corresponding author, at

ICBM 2023 Updates

Registration and guest room booking opens February 1

One more week until registration opens for ICBM. Registration fees are available on the Congress website.


ICBM has also negotiated preferred hotel room rates at the Congress Hotel. Rooms will be available for booking via the registration site. Preferred rates will be available 3 days prior and post Congress (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay to explore Vancouver and its surroundings. By booking a room at the Congress hotel, you help the organizer to keep cost down for the meeting. 


If you are travelling to Canada from outside the country, please take a look at the travel and visa information posted here. Based on the current processing times for visa, it is recommended to apply 5 months prior to travelling.

Workshop Proposals still accepted until January 31

The submission for pre-congress workshops remains open until January 31, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Track Categories and Guidelines can be found on the Congress Website. All presenters are expected to attend and present in person.

Help spread the word! Promotional toolkit available

Let your network know about ICBM 2023 and help spread the word about the Congress. We provide you with various promotional tools such as social media graphics, a digital flyer, presentation slide, email signature and more.


Download the toolkit and start sharing!

Call for Nominations: Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR) Early-Stage Investigator (ESI) Program

Now entering its third year, the ABMR ESI program provides leadership training and mentorship to promising behavioral medicine researchers. The leadership program, led by Dr. Norm Anderson, helps people identify their short- and long-term career goals and teaches leadership qualities relevant to research and teaching.


The theme of this year's workshop is “Fostering Your Leadership Journey and Growing Your Network." Co-led by Dr. Everson-Rose, Dr. Hall, and Dr. Revenson, the workshop is designed to build an active, engaged support network of near peers. Individuals who are selected will be expected to attend the ABMR annual meeting to be held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta from June 8-12, 2023. The theme of the 2023 meeting is “Advancing Behavioral Interventions Across the Life Course.” In past years, awardees received funding to cover the cost of travel, lodging, food, and the conference fee. At this moment, while funding is expected, it is not guaranteed, and depends on the receipt of funding through an NIH conference grant.


Individuals are eligible if they are:

  1. Within 10 years of their terminal degree, and
  2. The Principal Investigator (PI) of a current NIH-funded K-series or equivalent award (e.g., KL2 award from CTSA), or PI of a first R-series award or equivalent independent research award.

Nomination packages should include:

  1. A cover letter (1-page maximum) written by the candidate expressing their current interest in behavioral medicine research.
  2. Candidate’s updated CV
  3. Letter of support from a senior faculty colleague. The faculty member is not required to be a member of ABMR.

Submitting your nomination: Send all materials in one email to Jaclyn Sadiua, ABMR administrator, at with "2023 ABMR ESI Program application" in the subject line.


See for more information on the selection process, program activities, and more. For any questions, please email us at

New Issue of Psychomed Now Online

The last monographic issue of the online journal Psychomed has been published online. Psychomed is a four-monthly online journal on psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, health and preventive psychology, published by the Center for Research in Psychotherapy (CRP), jointly with the Italian Society of Psychosocial Medicine (SIMPS), the Italian Association for Preventive Psychology (AIPRE), LIBRA, ALETEIA. You can learn more about the journal at:


The current issue contains two selected posters from the 2021 Virtual International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. The issue is available open-access at:

ICBM 2023: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!

Upon request from some of you, we are keeping the abstract submission portals open over the holidays. You will have until Wednesday, January 4, 11:59pm PST to still submit an oral, poster or workshop abstract. Symposium submission has been closed.


Track Categories and Guidelines can be found on the Congress Website.


Presenters will be notified in mid-March 2023 about the acceptance of their abstract. 


All presenters are expected to attend and present in person. Only keynote and master lectures, as well as selected symposia, will be made available online. 

Early Career Awards - Call for Applications Now Open

ISBM will present up to ten Early Career Awards to encourage and support careers in behavioral medicine. Selection of the Early Career Award is based on total career achievement and review of an accepted abstract. Priority may be given to applications from countries with limited resources, and/or representatives from different geographical regions. To qualify for an award, the applicant has to meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Should be no more than seven (7) years out from their highest degree and/or
  • Have held a faculty or professional position for no more than seven (7) years.
  • Must submit an abstract of empirical work.
  • Must be the first or only author of the accepted abstract.
  • Attendance and presentation at the congress is required.


The submission deadline is January 4, 2023 at 11:59pm PST. To learn more, visit the Congress Website

Call for Nominations for Open ISBM Board Positions

We have an upcoming ISBM election in 2023 and now is the time to solicit  candidates for the open positions on the ISBM board. We need all you to support our efforts to ensure a continued strong ISBM leadership after the election, by encouraging members of your societies to consider this opportunity to engage with the strategic leadership work of the ISBM and by suggesting relevant candidates.

The positions we need to fill at the upcoming election are:


  • ISBM President-Elect (length of term: 2 years)
  • ISBM Education and Training Chair (length of term: 4 years)
  • ISBM INSPIRE Chair (length of term: 4 years)
  • ISBM International Collaborative Studies Committee Chair (length of term: 4 years)
  • ISBM Organizational Liaison Committee Chair (length of term: 4 years)


I hereby urge you to name nominees for each open position. The deadline for nomination is April 17, 2023.


More information can be found here.


For questions or to discuss potential candidates, please reach out to Mette Terp Høybye, ISBM Nominations Committee Chair, at