The Journal of Behavioral Medicine is a broadly conceived interdisciplinary publication devoted to furthering understanding of physical health and illness through the knowledge, methods, and techniques of behavioral science. A significant function of the journal is the application of this knowledge to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation and to the promotion of health at the individual, community, and population levels.

The content of the journal spans all areas of basic and applied behavioral medicine research, conducted in and informed by all related disciplines including but not limited to: psychology, medicine, the public health sciences, sociology, anthropology, health economics, nursing, and biostatistics. Topics welcomed include but are not limited to: prevention of disease and health promotion; the effects of psychological stress on physical and psychological functioning; sociocultural influences on health and illness; adherence to medical regimens; the study of health related behaviors including tobacco use, substance use, sexual behavior, physical activity, and obesity; health services research; and behavioral factors in the prevention and treatment of somatic disorders. Reports of interdisciplinary approaches to research are particularly welcomed.

  • Devoted to furthering understanding of physical health and illness through the knowledge and techniques of behavioral science
  • Presents prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation applications
  • Coverage spans all areas of behavioral medicine research: psychology, psychiatry, sociology, epidemiology, anthropology, health economics and biostatistics

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  • Alan Christensen
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2.960 (2020)
Impact factor
4.341 (2020)
Five year impact factor
39 days
Submission to first decision
202 days
Submission to acceptance
276,536 (2020)
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