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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

Faculty Position

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD and Milagro C. Rosal, PhD are pleased to announce that they been awarded a Prevention Research Center (PRC) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019-2024). Through this new funding cycle, the UMass Worcester PRC will strengthen efforts to fulfill its mission: to promote health and prevent disease and disability through: real-world community engaged research, evidence-based practice, and education. The associated applied research project will study the return on investment of an evidence-based intervention to control hypertension, partnering with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and Family Health of Worcester.

UMass Worcester PRC received funding to become Coordinating Center for the CDC Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN)  - In conjunction with the PRC funding, Dr. Lemon and Dr. Jamie Chriqui of the University of Illinois at Chicago are co-Principal Investigators of the Coordinating Center for the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN), a CDC Special Interest Project. Karin Valentine Goins, MPH will serve as project coordinator. The project will emphasize the built environment and transportation and land use design policies, with three aims: foster a vibrant multi-disciplinary and cross-sector Network ; provide technical assistance to CDC grantees and researchers; and conduct an applied policy evaluation project examining the prevalence and impact of pedestrian-oriented zoning on adult sedentary and walking behaviors, active travel to work, and pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

The PRACCTIS training program (Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training for Change in Individuals and Systems) has received new T32 funding from NCI. PRACCTIS is currently recruiting trainees with openings for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students. See for application information.

Lori Pbert appointed to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF article)

Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, and Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, publish a study that shows simple dietary changes can lead to modest weight loss (Nutrition)

Barbara Olendzki, MPH, RD, LDN, explore how novel diet eases inflammatory bowel disease (UmassMedNow)


Development and validation of a Weight Literacy Scale in English and Spanish.
March, 2019

Association between emotional eating, energy-dense foods and overeating in Latinos.
March, 2019

Recruiting low-income postpartum women into two weight loss interventions: in-person versus Facebook delivery.
April, 2019

Students' Report of Preceptor Weight Management Counseling at Eight U.S. Medical Schools.
November, 2018