Register now for NIH mHealth Training Institute at Society of Behavioral Medicine conference

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host an mHealth Training Institute at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions on April 22, 2015. The institute is designed to provide behavioral and social scientists with tools to successfully add mobile health (mHealth) technologies to their research. The event will offer a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine, and the behavioral and social sciences. Mentored by expert faculty, the institute will include presentations followed by hands-on experience developing an mHealth research project. Attendees will learn about the central multi-disciplinary aspects of mobile and wireless research; project development and implementation from conception to analysis; and cross-cutting research issues.

Program Overview and Faculty
Welcome & Introductions
Wendy Nilsen, PhD, National Institutes of Health

Module 1: Defining the Problem and the Targets
Donna Spruijt-Metz, PhD, MFA, University of Southern California
Susan Woolford, MD, University of Michigan

Module 2: User-Centered Design
Maribeth Gandy Coleman, PhD, Georgia Tech
Ross Shegog, PhD, University of Texas

Module 3: Technology and Assessment
Rich Fletcher, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Noam Ziv, BS, Kesembe, Inc

Module 4: Research Methodology
Camille Nebeker, MS, EdD, University of California, San Diego

Module 5: Analytics: Using the NCCOR Resources
Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD, FADA, National Cancer Institute
Erin Hennessey, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute

To learn more and register for the workshop, visit

NCCOR will also host the presidential roundtable “NCCOR: Accelerating Progress on Childhood Obesity through Research.” During this session, participants can learn about NCCOR’s activities, its resources for researchers, and funding opportunities. The session — on Thursday, April 23 from 7:30-8:15 a.m. in Conference Room 8 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter — will also include an engaging discussion on emerging areas of interest, including the study of childhood obesity declines, healthy food incentives, and lessons learned from global efforts.

In addition, attendees can stop by the NCCOR exhibit and hear from NCCOR members at the following sessions:

Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

  • Breakfast Roundtable: Presidential Roundtable: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research: Accelerating Progress on Childhood Obesity through Research (Conference Room 8)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  • Opening Keynote: Advancing Health Equity: Changing the Narrative about What Creates Health (Salon EF)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Panel Discussion 1: Assessing Cancer Preventive Behaviors among Parent-Adolescent Dyads: Opportunities and Challenges (Salon KL)
  • Panel Discussion 6: NIH Adherence Research Network Panel (Conference Rooms 3-4)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • NCCOR Exhibit (Salon GHI)

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Paper Session 20: Health Behavior Methods and Measures (Conference Room 11)

3:51 p.m. – 4:09 p.m.

  • Paper Session 9: Sun Safety Correlates of Sun Protection Behaviors among Latino Parents and Adolescents in the United States (Salon KL)

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Development and Testing of Psychosocial Factors Related to Food Preparation among Hispanic Parents (Salon GHI B063, Poster Session B)

6:15 p.m. – 7.15 p.m.

  • NCCOR Exhibit (Salon GHI)


Friday, April 24, 2015

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

  • Breakfast Roundtable: Population Health Sciences SIG Presents: The Role of Behavioral Medicine in Improving Population Health (Conference Room 18)
  • Breakfast Roundtable: The Nuts and Bolts of Behavioral Treatment Development (Salon D)

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • NCCOR Exhibit (Salon GHI)

11:15 am. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Midday Meeting: Physical Activity SIG Presents: Opportunities for Physical Activity Promotion Research: NIH Perspectives (Conference Room 17)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • NCCOR Exhibit (Salon GHI)


Saturday, April 25, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 9:07 a.m.

  • Association of Food Insecurity and Overweight and Obesity across Low-Income Hispanic Subgroups (Conference Room 13-14, Paper Session 45)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

  • NCCOR Exhibit (Salon GHI)


For more information about the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of SBM, visit For questions about SBM, email,

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