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

Lemon photoWelcome to the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School!

Our work is guided by a shared passion for advancing our vision of “Healthy Behaviors, Healthy People and Healthy Communities”. Our inter-disciplinary faculty and staff study the role of health behaviors in the prevention and management of disease, develop interventions that promote health behavior change, and seek to broadly promote the implementation and dissemination of our work. Our research embraces partnerships with numerous health care, community and public health stakeholders and is committed to improving health and promoting health equity. We are home to four research and service centers: the CDC funded UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center, the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training, the Center for Applied Nutrition and the Center for Engagement and Skill Development, as well as the Community Engagement Core of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

We also have a strong commitment to training. As a division within the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, we contribute to training the next generation of scientists in clinical and population health. Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, in collaboration with the Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science, is home to two NIH-funded training awards. We also strive to integrate health promotion and disease prevention into the training of medical students, residents and other health care providers within the university and beyond.   

We welcome you to review our website and learn more about us.

Stephenie Lemon, PhD

News and Announcements

Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, and Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, publish a study that shows simple dietary changes can lead to modest weight loss (Nutrition)

Barbara Olendzki, MPH, RD, LDN, explore how novel diet eases inflammatory bowel disease (UmassMedNow)


Students' Report of Preceptor Weight Management Counseling at Eight U.S. Medical Schools.
November, 2018

Substantial Increase in Compliance with Saturated Fatty Acid Intake Recommendations after One Year Following the American Heart Association Diet.
October, 2018

Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Smoking Cessation: Results from BreathEasy, a  Randomized Clinical trial.
October, 2018

A Tool to Identify Adolescents at Risk of Cigrette Smoking Initiation.
October, 2018

Physical activity and sleep quality and duration during pregnancy among hispanic women: Estudio PARTO
September, 2018

It Weigh(t)s on you: Everyday discrimination and adiposity among Latinos.
September, 2018

Beneficial Effects of School-based Mindfulness Training On Impulsivity in Healthy Adolescents: Results From a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.
August, 2018

Case matters: perceived distrimination among women in rural India.
April, 2018

Effect of AHA dietary counseling on added sugar intake among participants with metbolic syndrome.
April, 2018



Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - Online Course

Hosted By: Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training 
Location: Online
Date: Ongoing