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Call for Nominations: Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR) Early-Stage Investigator (ESI) Program

By 8 January 2023August 1st, 2023No Comments

Now entering its third year, the ABMR ESI program provides leadership training and mentorship to promising behavioral medicine researchers. The leadership program, led by Dr. Norm Anderson, helps people identify their short- and long-term career goals and teaches leadership qualities relevant to research and teaching.

The theme of this year’s workshop is “Fostering Your Leadership Journey and Growing Your Network.” Co-led by Dr. Everson-Rose, Dr. Hall, and Dr. Revenson, the workshop is designed to build an active, engaged support network of near peers. Individuals who are selected will be expected to attend the ABMR annual meeting to be held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta from June 8-12, 2023. The theme of the 2023 meeting is “Advancing Behavioral Interventions Across the Life Course.” In past years, awardees received funding to cover the cost of travel, lodging, food, and the conference fee. At this moment, while funding is expected, it is not guaranteed, and depends on the receipt of funding through an NIH conference grant.

Individuals are eligible if they are:

  1. Within 10 years of their terminal degree, and
  2. The Principal Investigator (PI) of a current NIH-funded K-series or equivalent award (e.g., KL2 award from CTSA), or PI of a first R-series award or equivalent independent research award.

Nomination packages should include:

  1. A cover letter (1-page maximum) written by the candidate expressing their current interest in behavioral medicine research.
  2. Candidate’s updated CV.
  3. Letter of support from a senior faculty colleague. The faculty member is not required to be a member of ABMR.

Submitting your nomination: Send all materials in one email to Jaclyn Sadiua, ABMR administrator, at with “2023 ABMR ESI Program application” in the subject line.

See for more information on the selection process, program activities, and more. For any questions, please email

Briony Hill

Briony Hill, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Hill's research interests centre on weight stigma before, during and after pregnancy. She also has a strong interest in understanding the mechanisms that lead to the attainment of healthy diet and physical activity practices and weight for women during their reproductive years.