Apr 2018: Panel at the Society of Behavioural Medicine 2018
11-14 April 2018, The Digital Health Council and Education, Training, and Career Development Council organizes a Panel Titled “Perspectives On Effective Digital Health Training In Behavioral Medicine” (Web), at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of Society of Behavioural Medicine (SBM), New Orleans, LA, USA. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion.
Full citation Goldstein CM, Alshurafa N, Harwell Myers V, Spruijt-Metz D, Thomas JG, Goldstein SP, Jake-Schoffman DE, Wac K. The Digital Health Council and ETCD Present Perspectives On Effective Digital Health Training In Behavioral Medicine. Panel to be presented at the 39th annual meeting and scientific session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 11-14, 2018, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Abstract To be a successful digital health researcher, most individuals find that they need to complete a set of training experiences not well encapsulated by a single degree program. Behavioral medicine scientists and practitioners that utilize digital health must take an entrepreneurial approach to advocating for receiving adequate training to be prepared for the challenges of this field. The call for cross-disciplinary digital health researchers necessitates that both trainees and mentors be flexible and creative with training opportunities. To discuss methods and philosophies for training the next generation of digital health researchers,The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Digital Health Council has assembled a panel of digital health experts spanning academia and industry with varying educational backgrounds. The panel will include: a senior-level academic with interests in mHealth and adolescent health; a mid-career researcher from an academic medical center who receives NIH-funding and engages in formal recurrent consultation with numerous industry partners; an early career electrical engineer with an interest in translational medicine and experience with research career development awards; and a senior scientist at a small health communication and development firm who conducts research on behaviorally-based technological approaches to behavior change. Attendees will leave with practical advice for obtaining adequate digital health training in the post-graduate, postdoctoral, and established career phases.