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 ockeneWe 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

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)

Stephenie Lemon, PhD, collaborates with other researchers to reduce disparities in breast cancer care (UmassMedNow)

Center for Tobacco Treatment Research &Training awarded $1 million to bring training and research programs to Massachusetts communities (UmassMedNow)

News Article Archive



Spring 2018 Training
Tackling the Opioid Crisis in Worcester

Hosted By: UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center & Worcester Division of Public Health
Presenter: Thomas Land, PhD
Location: Levi Lincoln Chamber, Worcester City Hall
Date: May 24, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Summer 2018 Training

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)  Training

Hosted By: Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester
Date: June 18 - 21, 2018
Time: Various


Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - Online Course

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