• Clinical and Translational Research
  • Engaging communities and stakeholders
  • Integrating mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Promoting healthy behaviors
  • Training providers and mentorship
  • Health equity


The Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine was founded in 1983 by Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA. It is supported by NIH grants, foundation grants, funding from voluntary organizations and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; revenue from clinical services and educational programs; and funding from the Department of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Message from the Chief

judith ockene

We are working in exciting and challenging times. Exciting, given the rapid pace by which science and technology are advancing and the new ideas of our faculty and staff are evolving. Challenging, given that less funding is available and there is strong competition for it. As a division we embrace a shared vision: “Healthy behaviors, healthy people and healthy communities” and understand that strong partnerships, creativity, diversification and flexibility are needed.

We have an amazingly innovative and talented team of staff and faculty. At this point our funding continues to be robust with several new grants coming in each year. In thirty years working as a team we have accomplished a lot and are going strong. Thank you for all that you do and are, and for the commitment, passion, and joy you bring with you each day.



News and Announcements

Health advocates: Some colleges make indoor tanning too easy notes Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine. (KHOU-TV Houston & USA Today).

Mindful eating app, program helps curb snacking. Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine. (WCVB-TV).

Schools an 'untapped resource' in childhood obesity battle. Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette).

Fitness trackers can backfire when it comes to weight loss. Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine. (The Verge).

Newly diagnosed diabetes increases risk of heart attack, stroke even among statin users: Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, (UmassmedNow), (Medpagetoday).

News Article Archives


Fall 2016 Cooking classes

Heart Healthy Cooking

Hosted By: Center for Mindfulness
Location: Shaw Building, Worcester
Date: November 29, 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Fall 2016 Classes

Stress Reduction Program

Hosted By: Center for Mindfulness
Location: Hoagland Pincus Building, Shrewsbury
Dates: Various
Time: Various
Fall 2016 (Community Events)

Events Calendar

Hosted By: Center for Mindfulness
Location: Various
Dates: Various
Time: Various
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