The ABMR 2020 Virtual Meeting, 9am to 10:45am PST (12:00pm to 1:45pm EST).

Hear new data on the SARS COVID-19 pandemic. Join our discussion about systemic racial inequities, climate crises, and the important role of behavioral medicine going forward (Silver, Brondolo, Holman, Mendes, Diez Roux, Ruiz, Diefenbach, Thayer). Your voice is needed.

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1) ABMR Strategic Updates (9am to 9:10am PST) Bring your coffee!

The State of Affairs (Elissa Epel, UCSF, Paige Green, NCI)

New Member Nominations (Mustafa Al Absi, Univ. Minnesota)

2) Pandemic Data Blitz on mental health and COVID (9:10am to 10am) 8’ data, 8 min discussion (15 min each)

a. Mental health and media matter for COVID-19: A national U.S. probability study over time, Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD., Professor, UCI & Alison Holman, PhD, Professor, UCI

b. Emotional health over time of front line workers at NYP-Queens hospital , Liz Brondolo, PhD, Professor, St. Johns University, NYC

c.  Illness symptoms and blood pressure in a national sample, by race/ethnicity, during COVID, Wendy Mendes, PhD, Professor, PhD, UCSF

3) The relevance of Behavioral Medicine Research in reducing social inequities and racism, in the context of the pandemic and climate crisis (30 min)

Panel and Group Discussion (To fuel our discussion, initial comments by by special guest Ana Diez-Roux, and members John Ruiz, PhD, U. of Az, Julian Thayer, UCI; Michael Diefenbach, PhD, Northwell)

Share your ideas to how can behavioral medicine have a more impactful role.

4) Closing including preparation for 2021 meeting changes (5 min); adjourn at 10:45 am PST.

Background Reading for ABMR 2020 virtual meeting:




Alison Holman and Roxy Silver

Garfin, Silver, and E. Holman (in press) The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Outbreak: Amplification of Public Health Consequences by Media Exposure, Health Psychology


Holman, E. A., & Grisham, E. L. (2020, June 11). When Time Falls Apart: The Public Health Implications of Distorted Time Perception in the Age of COVID-19,  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy


Liz Brondolo:
Sofia Pappaa,b,⁎,1, Vasiliki Ntellac,1, Timoleon Giannakasc, Vassilis G. Giannakoulisc, Eleni Papoutsic, Paraskevi Katsaounouc (2020). Prevalence of depression, anxiety, and insomnia among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Brain Behavior, Immunity


Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, and John H. Noseworthy, MD (2017) Executive Leadership and Physician Well-being: Nine Organizational Strategies to Promote Engagement and Reduce Burnout, Mayo Clinic Proceedings



Wendy Mendes:
Jamieson, J.P., Koslov, K., Nock, M.K., & Mendes, W. B. (2013). Experiencing discrimination increases risk-taking. Psychological Science, 24, 131-139.


Mendes, W. B. & Muscatell, K. A. (2018). Affective responses as mediators of the relationship between stigma and health. In B. Major, J. Dovidio, & B. Link (Eds). The Oxford handbook of stigma, discrimination, and health (pp. 265-283)New York, NY: Oxford University Press.





Ana Diez Roux



Julian Thayer

LeBarron, K.,  & Thayer, J. (2019) The Autonomic Nervous System and Hypertension: Ethnic Differences and Psychosocial Factors, Current Cardiology Reports


Kemp et al (2016). Race and Resting-State Heart Rate Variability in Brazilian Civil Servants and the Mediating Effects of Discrimination: An ELSA-Brasil Cohort Study, Psychosomatic Medicine.



Michael Diefenbach

Markkanen, S., Anger-Kraavi, A. (2019). Social impacts of climate change mitigation policies and their implications for inequality, Climate Policy


Ballew et al (2019). Climate Change in the American Mind: Data, Tools, and Trends, Environment.