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2015 Program


Annual Meeting

June 25th - 28th, 2015

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Cambridge, MD

From Ideas to Efficacy: New Frontiers in Basic-to-Clinical Translation

The meeting will highlight cutting-edge research that translates basic behavioral and biological

discoveries into promising behavioral interventions in clinical areas of need (addictive and mental

health disorders, obesity, adherence, chronic illness, health inequities). Each panel will feature a Chair

who will frame the key clinical questions within that topic area; basic and early-phase translational

researchers who are conducting innovative fundamental research and treatment development studies;

and clinical or policy-oriented speakers who will identify challenges and opportunities for integrating

promising new behavioral interventions into preventive and therapeutic care.


Thursday, June 25

  • 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm Welcoming Reception (cash bar) & Dinner
  • 7:45 pm – 8:00 pm Welcoming Remarks, ABMR Lifetime Achievement Awards & New Member Recognition: Susan Czajkowski, NHLBI/NIH
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Keynote: Warren Bickel, VA Tech: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Self-control Failure
  • 9:00 pm After-hours gathering (Michener’s Library)
  • Friday, June 26

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental breakfast/Executive Council meeting (Brigantine Boardroom)
  • 8:30 am – 10:20 am Panel 1: Innovative therapies for psychological & psychiatric disorders , Chair: Bob Carney, Wash U. Speakers: Ian Gotlib, Stanford U; Allison Harvey, UC Berkeley; Daniela Schiller, Mt. Sinai; Thomas Mellman, Howard U.
  • 10:20 am – 10:40 am Break
  • 10:40 am – 12:15 pm Panel 2: New approaches to understanding & treating addictive disorders. Chair: Warren Bickel, VA Tech. Speakers: James Loughead, U. of Penn; Rajita Sinha, Yale U; David Gustafson, U. of WI Madison
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Neal Miller Award Presentation and Address. Co-Chairs: Greg Miller, Northwestern U. & Elissa Epel, UCSF; Speaker: Eli Puterman, UCSF
  • 1:15 pm – 3:15pm OPEN TIME
  • 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Panel 3: Using basic behavioral science to develop more effective obesity treatments, Chair: Denise Wilfley, Wash U.; Speakers: Elissa Epel, UCSF; Len Epstein, U. at Buffalo; Eric Stice, Oregon Research Institute; Erica Phillips-Caesar, Cornell U.
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Discussion of Strategic Planning. Introductory Comments: ABMR Then & Now, Peter Kaufmann, NHLBI/NIH
  • Working Group Reports: Susan Czajkowski & Karina Davidson (ABMR Mission & Processes); Greg Miller & Ed Suarez (Financial Solvency & Sustainability); Steve Manuck & Jim McCubbin (Visibility & Influence) Anna Marsland & Daichi Shimbo (Outreach & Member Engagement)
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception (cash bar) (Terrace Garden)
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm New Member Panel. Co-Chairs: Anna Marsland, U. of Pittsburgh & Daichi Shimbo, Columbia U.; Invited Speakers: J. Douglas Bremner, Emory U; Scott Hofer, U. of Victoria; Deborah Jones Weiss, U. of Miami; Marci Lobel, Stony Brook University; Daniel Mroczek, Northwestern U; John Ruiz, U. of N. Texas; and Mark Vander Weg, U. of Iowa
  • 9:15 pm After-hours gathering (Michener’s Library)
  • Saturday, June 27

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 10:20 am Panel 4: New directions in chronic disease prevention, treatment & management. Chair: Mary Charlson, Weill Cornell Medical College. Speakers: Howard Leventhal, Rutgers; Michael Diefenbach, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; Lynda Powell, Rush U. Medical Center; Matthew Burg, Yale U.
  • 10:20 am – 10:40 am Break
  • 10:40 am – 12:30 pm Panel 5: New perspectives on health inequities. Chair: Thomas LaVeist, Johns Hopkins U. Speakers: Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Penn State; Gene Brody, U. of GA; Gregory Talavera, San Diego State University
  • 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm OPEN TIME
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon Roundtables: Perspectives on Federal Funding of Behavioral Research. Informal discussions of current & future federal funding policies, programs, challenges & opportunities with representatives from NSF, NIH & AHRQ
  • Invited roundtable participants: Deborah Olster (NSF); Bill Riley (OBSSR), Paige Green, Jerry Suls & Robert Croyle (NCI); Kate Stoney & Peter Kaufmann (NHBLI); Bob Kaplan (AHRQ)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm Panel 6: Novel approaches to increasing patient & provider adherence. Chair: Jackie Dunbar-Jacob, U. of Pittsburgh. Speakers: Catherine Stanger, Dartmouth; Frank Treiber, Medical U. of SC; Jason Doctor, USC; Elaine Leventhal, RWJ School of Medicine of Rutgers (emeritus)
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception (cash bar) & Dinner (Regatta Pavilion)
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Presidential Address: Susan Czajkowski, NHLBI/NIH (Clipper)
  • 9:00 pm After-hours gathering (Michener’s Library)
  • Sunday, June 28

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Buffet Brunch
  • 9:00 am – 11:45 am Keynote Brunch Panel: New Directions in Behavioral Medicine: What’s the (Next) Big Idea? Chair: Bonnie Spring, Northwestern U. Speakers: William Riley, OBSSR/NIH: From “big data” to “precision medicine:” New opportunities for behavioral & social scientists; David Allison, UAB: Exploring the connections between energetics, health disparities, & the lifespan: A unified model; Danielle Dick, VCU: Stepping outside silos: Engaging the public in our research
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm Closing Ceremonies: Susan Czajkowski, Greg Miller
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