Associate Professor Accepted to SBM Leadership Institute

Marc Kiviniemi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior; Director of Undergraduate Public Health Initiatives

Published March 4, 2016

Dr. Marc Kiviniemi, associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior and director of undergraduate public health initiatives at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been accepted to the inaugural year-long Leadership Institute for mid-career professional in the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).

SBM is a multidisciplinary group of over 2000 researchers and clinicians focused on health promotion, prevention, obesity, and chronic disease. The purpose of the SBM Leadership Institute is to turn participants into more effective leaders by fostering self-awareness and the development of specific leadership skills. Dr. Kiviniemi is one of 30 individuals selected to participate.

As a part of the small cohort of participants, Dr. Kiviniemi will be provided leadership literature, receive a learning coach, and participate in teleconferences with an institute mentor. Participants also attend an immersive, two-day workshop prior to the 2016 annual meeting in Washington, DC and will present a leadership project during the 2017 SBM Annual meeting in San Diego, California.

“I am honored to have been selected for the SBM Leadership Institute,” says Dr. Kiviniemi. “I am grateful to SBM for this tremendous opportunity and I look forward to learning from both the program faculty and from my fellow Leadership Institute participants.”

As a social/health psychologist, Dr. Kiviniemi’s work focuses on understanding how people make decisions about engaging in health-related behaviors, how individuals process and respond to information about their health, and how to communicate that information most effectively. He is a past chair of the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group for the Society of Behavioral Medicine and also currently serves on the editorial board of the journals Health Psychology and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.