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Division Chief's Message

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



Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - Online Course

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

News and Announcements

Milagros Rosal

Dr. Milagros Rosal - Milagros Rosal named inaugural vice provost for health equity at UMMS - Distinguished faculty member to be endowed as the Imoigele P. Aisiku, MD'97 Chair in the Health Equity. Click the link to read the full article.



Exposure to Weight Management Counseling Among Students at 8 U.S. Medical Schools March, 2021

Supporting families of children with overweight and obesity to live healthy lifestyles: Design and rationale for the Fitline cluster randomized controlled pediatric practice-based trial March, 2021

Screening for Lung Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement March, 2021

Evaluation of a Diabetes Remote Monitoring Program Facilitated by Connected Glucose Meters for Patients With Poorly Controlled Type 2 Diabetes: Randomized Crossover Trial March, 2021

Social support and strain and emotional distress among Latinos in the northeastern United States March, 2021

Teleclerkships? The role of telemedicine in medical student education during COVID-19 and beyond March, 2021

Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement February, 2021

Bridging the evidence-to-practice gap: a stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating practice facilitation as a strategy to accelerate translation of a multi-level adherence intervention into safety net practices February, 2021

The Impact of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Lifestyle Intervention on Sleep Among Latina Postpartum Women February, 2021

Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement February, 2021

Post-cancer diagnosis dietary inflammatory potential is associated with survival among women diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the Women's Health Initiative February, 2021

Association between food insecurity and emotional eating in Latinos and the mediating role of perceived stress February, 2021

Physical Activity, Mental Health and Technology Preferences for Support during COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Report of Cancer Survivors January, 2021

How the Coronavirus Disease-2019 May Improve Care: Rethinking Cervical Cancer Prevention January, 2021

Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement January, 2021

Physical distancing ≠ physical inactivity January, 2021

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Policy, Systems, and Environmental Strategies: A Content Analysis of Community Health Improvement Plans January, 2021