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UAB Investigator Collaborates to Assess Future of Behavioral Medicine Education and Training

“Behavioral medicine training is due for an overhaul given the rapid evolution of the field, including a tight funding climate, changing job prospects, and new research and industry collaborations,” observes Ms. Mallory G. Cases, doctoral student in the department of health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a recent study, in collaboration with lead author Dr. Carly M. Goldstein of Brown University; Mr. Karl E. Minges of Yale University; and Ms. Danielle E. Schoffman of the University of South Carolina.

[Photo: Ms. Mallory G. Cases]

The researchers surveyed 162 faculty members and 110 students to collect their assessments regarding behavioral medicine training and to discover their insights into possible advancements in training for future practitioners and scientists. Employing a mixed-methods approach, they identified seven significant areas for improvement: educating for more effective grant writing, emphasizing interdisciplinary teamwork, promoting advanced statistics and methods, creating an evolving research program, striving for publishable products from coursework, highlighting evolution and use of theory, and fostering and encouraging nontraditional career paths.

“Preparing Tomorrow’s Behavioral Medicine Scientists and Practitioners: A Survey of Future Directions for Education and Training” was published online in June in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

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