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ISBM Holiday Greetings

By 22 December 2023January 2nd, 2024No Comments

We wish you a happy festive season! May you also have a prosperous and peaceful New Year with great accomplishments, success, joyful events, and good health!

As we welcome 2024, we reflect on a year filled with many accomplishments. It was with much joy that we were able to run an in-person congress again and our biennial Congress in Vancouver was a resounding success, reconnecting the ISBM network of colleagues and friends. During this year we are also very pleased to have launched the new-look ISBM website that provides an updated and easy-to-navigate website with all the information about ISBM, the people behind ISBM, and the latest news from the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine and our ISBM Committees. We are also very proud to have implemented our first ISBM Special Interest Group – on Persistent Somatic Symptoms – hopefully the first of many. 2024 has also been a year tinged with sadness as we said goodbye to one of our founders, Neil Schneiderman, who is sorely missed but forever in our hearts with the legacy of ISBM. We also acknowledge that many of our members may be experiencing considerable challenges due to conflicts and natural disasters that are unfolding across the globe – our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

In closing we thank you for your fruitful cooperation, collaboration and support in 2023! We look forward to working with you as we continue to contribute to Behavioral Medicine in 2024!

Very warm regards,

Kerry A. Sherman
ISBM President

Michael Hoyt
ISBM President Elect

Anne H. Berman
ISBM Past President

Beate Ditzen
ISBM Treasurer

Maria Kleinstäuber
ISBM Secretary

Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Sherman's research interests include decision making in cancer and in genetic testing, coping and adjustment in the cancer context, body image and sexual functioning after physical illness, including endometriosis, and the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions to facilitate adjustment in the physical health context. Her work most recently has entailed investigating the role of self-compassion in adjustment to illness and the development and evaluation of a self-compassion focused writing intervention to help with body image concerns after physical illness.