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

Welcome

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 ockene

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

UMMS and DPH findings challenge previous conclusions about healthy eating.

Health Watch: Importance of Soluable Fiber starring Jennifer Fournier, RD.

Health Fair at the State House showcasing the Division’s extensive work! 

Martinus Evans graduated from University of Connecticut with a Masters degree in Health Promotion.

Sherry Pagoto comments on a social networking site dedicated to science and research.

Tariana Little presenting poster at APHA Annual Meeting on November 15-19, 2014.

As skin cancer soars, UMMS researcher explores alternatives to sun tanning.

News Article Archives

Events

October 16, 2014
Seminar

The Mindful Practitioner

Hosted By: Dr. Ron Epstein
Location: UNIV Amphitheater
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
October 23, 2014
A diversity campus read event

A Conversation about Unconscious Bias

Hosted By: Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
Location: 13E433 Finland Conference room, 333 South Street
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00pm

August - November, 2014
Course

Stress Reduction Program

Hosted By: Center for Mindfulness
Location: Hoagland Pincus Building, Shrewsbury
Time: Various

Fall 2014
Classes

Healthy Cooking Classes

Hosted By: Jennifer Fournier RD
Location: Shaw Building, 419 Belmont Street, 2nd floor
Time: Various
Fall 2014
Community Events

Events Calendar

Hosted By: Center for Mindfulness
Location: TBD
Time: Various