• Clinical and Translational Research
  • Engaging communities and stakeholders
  • Integrating mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Promoting healthy behaviors
  • Training providers and mentorship
  • Health equity


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

Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine evaluate the extent of pain relief and functional improvement in total joint replacement (UmassMedNow)

Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, presents a poster at the Seventh annual Clinical and Translational Science research retreat  (UmassMedNow)

March for Science should ‘inform and inspire’Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine (UmassMedNow)

AHA dietary counseling has positive effect on reducing added sugar intake Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD (European Journal of Nutrition)

Addressing Obesity in Diverse Communities: An Interview with Milagros C. Rosal, PhD, professor of medicine 'Outlook Newsletter' 

News Article Archive


Division Meeting
'The State of the Division'

Hosted By: DPBM Leadership Team
Location: TBD
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 2pm - 4:30pm

Fall 2017 Training

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)  Training

Hosted By: Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester
Date: September 25 - 28, 2017
Time: Various

Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - Online Course

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


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