Judith K. Ockene, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.A., is a tenured Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. She holds the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and is Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity. Dr. Ockene is the recipient of numerous NIH grants funding research in the prevention of illness and disability and the promotion of health and quality of life for individuals and communities. Much of her work has focused on the risk behaviors of tobacco, alcohol, and diet. As principal investigator of the NIH-funded Women's Health Initiative and other research in women's health, Dr. Ockene also has focused her research on women's health and factors affecting morbidity, mortality, and quality of life in older women. Dr. Ockene's work is at the intersection of clinical medicine and public health. She teaches medical, graduate, public health students and clinicians how to help patients make lifestyle changes. She has over 180 publications and was a scientific editor of two Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health. Dr. Ockene is a past member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Ockene has received several school, state, and national mentoring awards. These include the Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award in 2009, the Katharine F. Erskine Mentoring Award for Women in Medicine & Science in 2008, and the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee Mentor Award in 2006.