• 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 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

Elders in lower-income neighborhoods also at highest risk of injury

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

Worcester Prevention Research Center awarded $4.4 million from CDC

Ronnesia Gaskins quoted in an article about smoking cessation programs.

UMMS first to develop evidence-based diet for inflammatory bowel disease.

Judith Ockene named Distinguished Scientist by Society of Behavioral Medicine.


News Article Archives


  • October 16, 2014

    Grand Rounds

    Hosted By: Dr. Ron Epstein
    Location: UNIV Amphitheater
    12:00pm - 1:00pm