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
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
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).