The Behavioral Medicine Research Council: Its origins, mission, and methods

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The Behavioral Medicine Research Council (BMRC) is a new, autonomous joint committee of 4 of the leading behavioral medicine research organizations, including the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychosomatic Society, the Society for Health Psychology, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The BMRC's work has important implications for the science and practice of behavioral medicine. The distinguished senior scientists who comprise this new committee will identify a series of strategic research goals for behavioral medicine and promote systematic, interdisciplinary efforts to achieve them. This special report discusses the developments that led to the formation of the BMRC, describes the BMRC's mission, and explains the methods that its members will use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Behavioral medicine
  • Health behavior
  • Multicenter studies
  • Randomized controlled trials as topic
  • Societies


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