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March 21, 2017

Building the evidence base with the Society of Behavioral Medicine

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) combines nursing, psychology, medicine and public health in an interdisciplinary forum to promote new understanding of human behavior, health and illness. At its annual meeting, March 29 – April 1, in San Diego, SBM will convene more than 2,200 behavioral and biomedical researchers and clinicians to share research, learn from each other, find ways to collaborate, and address public policy concerns.

Many different types of research will be presented by Mayo Clinic at SBM’s 38th Annual Meeting. Each finding helps to inform and influence the science of health care delivery. Collectively Mayo researchers seek to improve health and health care delivery for people everywhere.

Examples of Mayo’s work include:

  • Thursday, March 30, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Symposium 20:  La Buena Vista: Translating 40 Years of Cancer Intervention Research into Policy and Practice to Improve Health Outcomes. Shawna Ehlers, Ph.D., L.P., a Mayo Clinic psychologist, is the session chair.

  • Thursday, March 30, 3-4:30 p.m.

Paper Session 25: Interventions for Pain Management

Wesley Gilliam, Ph.D., L.P., a Mayo Clinic psychologist, will present "Treatment Outcomes for an Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program: Comparison of Outcomes Based on Opioid Use Status."

  • Friday, March 31, 3-4:30 p.m.

Paper Session 39: African American Women’s Health.

An external collaborator will present "Examining Peer Support and Survivorship Outcomes for African American Women with Breast Cancer," for which Mayo Clinic Management Engineering and Internal Consulting Fellow Olivia Peavler is a co-author.

Select posters presented by Mayo Clinic authors:

Thursday, March 30, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • F001 - HEALS: A Faith-Based Hypertension Control Program for African American Communities: Results, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Presenter Sunita Dodani, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic research collaborator in Jacksonville, Florida.

  • F008 - Strength of clinician recommendation of HPV vaccination and vaccine delivery rates

Presenter Lila Finney-Rutten, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Population Health Science

Presenter Tabetha Brockman, a behavioral health researcher in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Friday, March 31, late-breaking abstract session, 6-7 p.m.:

  • Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Risk for Food Addiction and Substance Use in Obesity Treatment Seeking Individuals

Presenter Allison Holgerson, Ph.D., a psychology resident at Mayo Clinic

Saturday, April 1, 10 – 11 a.m.

Presenter Gladys Asiedu, Ph.D., a health care delivery researcher at Mayo Clinic

For complete listing of all Mayo Clinic research at SBM’s 38th Annual Meeting, visit the event website. Abstracts are also available on the site.

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is sponsoring a booth at the conference. In addition to sharing more in-depth information about Mayo Clinic’s health care delivery research – especially that of the Population Health Science Program – staff will discuss related job opportunities at Mayo Clinic.


Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Events, People, population health, Society of Behavioral Medicine

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