The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions took place in San Francisco March 20-23.
This year’s meeting had the theme of “Technology: the Excitement and the Evidence,” which explored the many ways that technological innovations are expanding the reach and impact of behavioral medicine.
In sticking with the theme, this year saw the SBM partner with the technology community to promote exchange between private industry and behavioral medicine researchers and practitioners.
Topics discussed included: linking behavior to brain health, using computers to encourage behavior change, using mobile sensors to enhance patient care, using social media to spread health information, and enhancing clinicians’ capabilities to deliver counseling that helps people quit smoking.
Keynote speakers included:
- Dr. BJ Fogg, Founder and Director of Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University;
- SBM President Dr. Alan J. Christensen, a Professor in both the Department of Psychology and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa;
- Dr. Amy P. Abernethy, an Associate Professor with Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing;
- and Dr. Arthur F. Kramer, Director, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois.