• 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

ABC News: Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, explains how mindfulness techniques can help patients quit smoking.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, talks about mindfulness with 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper.

Sherry Pagoto, PhD: Lack of funding leaves police fitness up to local departments.

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, offers tips to restructure your home environment to aid in weight loss.

Good Morning America features Sherry Pagoto, PhD: Tanning beds widely available on or near college campuses, despite cancer risk.

Wenjun Li, PhD: UMMS and DPH findings challenge previous conclusions about healthy eating.

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

News Article Archives


January & March, 2015

Stress Reduction Program

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

February 2, 2015
Division Celebration

DPBM and Chinese New Year Celebration

Hosted By: DPBM
Location: Shaw Building Kitchen and Conference Rooms
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Winter, 2015
Community Events

Events Calendar

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