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Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention research aims to enable people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health. It explores the behavioral, social and environmental influences on health and develops interventions to minimize disease and maximize wellbeing. Active collaborations among the CPHR program and the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine led by Judith Ockene, PhD, Med, MA, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Worcester Country Prevention Research Center contribute to this effort.

Select faculty members working in this area include Stephenie Lemon, PhD, the head of the Worcester County Prevention Research Center and principal investigator on several studies examining community- and work-based weight loss interventions, as well as Thomas Houston, PhD, a lead investigator in the Veterans Administration’s eHealth Quality Enhancement Research Initiative who explores ways to use technology to streamline health communication and improve the health of veterans.

Students in the CPHR program are actively involved in health promotion and disease prevention research. Rui Xiao, MPH is working under the mentorship of Molly Waring, PhD, to examine psychosocial predictors of postpartum weight retention. Daniel Amante, MPH, is working to improve disease management in people with diabetes through use of electronic physician-patient communication portals.

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