Conference Round Up: The 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference, New Orleans Louisiana

I just returned from a successful conference in New Orleans. Besides the French Quarter Festival which was simultaneously occurring, the conference was incredibly intellectually stimulating. Below are links to the posters I was a collaborator on. Click on each image for a PDF of the poster.

Overall, I was particularly taken with the breadth and depth of the conference. The conference was very interdisciplinary and this was reflected in the programming. The conference brought together people thinking about design of health related applications, theory of behavior change, researchers in topical areas (e.g., pain, physical activity, medication adherence) and some cutting edge methodology research.

What stood out to me most was the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) framework and agile science. These two concepts are moving science, especially as it pertains to behavior change to a solution oriented framework. There are lots of bits to this including a new book by Linda Collins, a leading researcher and developer of the MOST framework. For the book: Optimization of Behavioral, Biobehavioral, and Biomedical Interventions, click here.

I am very interested in thinking more about how researchers can build a more pragmatic science that is solution driven. This seems to be a more efficient way of tackling complex programs that face behavioral health researchers. I hope to post more on this as I begin to wade through Linda’s book and learn more about agile science.

Briefly, agile science is taking a number of systems design techniques in the engineering fields and applying them to behavioral science intervention development. A breadth of fresh air in my opinion. However, it will take me a bit to digest all the terminology involved within the agile science framework.