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HBIC Award 2024 Winners

By 20 April 2024No Comments

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative (HBIC) Award committee, along with our six sponsoring organisations, is pleased to announce the 2024 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award winners. The purpose of the award is to facilitate mentorship collaborations with international laboratories or research groups under the guidance of an identified international mentor. Selected mentorship collaborations will pursue specific research or program development projects in the areas of health research, clinical behavioral health, behavioral medicine, or health promotion. Winners are each awarded USD$3,000 to offset costs of travel and collaborative activities that contribute to the building of a mentor partnership.

The quality of the 2024 applications was excellent, and applicants included individuals at various career stages including graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career faculty members. Furthermore, the applicants came from 10 different countries, highlighting the international reach of the award.

Details about each winner, their home institution, and mentor institution, are provided below.

Ailbhe Dempsey (Ireland)

  • Sponsored by: the American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
  • Home institution: University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Mentor and host institution: Annie Ginty, Baylor University, USA

Maria-Chidi Onyedibe (Nigeria)

  • Sponsored by: Society for Health Psychology (SfHP)
  • Home institution: University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Mentor and host institution: Barbara Andersen, Ohio State University, USA

Hannah Tschenett (Austria)

  • Sponsored by: the German Society for Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Modification
  • Home institution: University of Vienna, Austria
  • Mentor and host institution: Christiane Hoppmann, University of British Columbia, Canada

Monica Ghabrial (Canada)

  • Sponsored by: the International Behavioural Trial Network (IBTN)
  • Home institution: University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mentor and host institution: Sabra Katz-Wise, Harvard University, United States

Liisa Tolvanen (Sweden)

  • Sponsored by: the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)
  • Home institution: Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Mentor and host institution: Afton Koball, Mayo Clinic, USA

Guilherme M. Balbim (Canada)

  • Sponsored by: the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • Home institution: University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Mentor and host institution: Claudio Nigg, University of Bern, Switzerland

Read more about ISBM-sponsored HBIC awardee Liisa Tolven at:

Details about each winner and their HBIC projects are available at:

Claire Conley

Claire C. Conley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program within Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Conley’s program of research broadly focuses on psychosocial issues across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life. Her research aims to promote health behavior change and improve quality of life in the context of cancer.