Preventive & Behavioral Medicine celebrates 30th anniversary

Pioneering division was the first of its kind at a U. S. medical school

10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine invites all members of the UMass Medical School community to join them at a 30th anniversary celebration marking three extraordinarily productive decades of education, research and public service. The reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Faculty Conference Room from 3 to 6 p.m.

With its mission to enhance the health of the public through teaching, research, policy and service in health promotion, disease prevention and adaptation to illness, the division was established at UMMS in 1983 by then-Chair of Medicine James E. Dalen, MD, making it the first division of its kind nationwide to reside in a medical school’s department of medicine. Dr. Dalen appointed Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, division chief, a position she has held since. They and the division’s two other founding faculty, Robert Goldberg, PhD, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, will be on hand to greet friends and colleagues from the past through the present.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP via email to

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