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Most of my work during the 39 years I have been at UMass Medical School has been focused on the behavioral intervention and prevention of disease and women’s health. My programmatic research started with the Physician Delivered Smoking Intervention Project (R01 NCI CA 38360) funded by NCI. I have had 9 NIH studies regarding the behaviors of tobacco use, alcohol use, dietary behavior and physical activity and the strategies clinicians can use to help patients modify these behaviors. I also attend to the development of measurement tools to assess quantity and quality of brief clinician delivered interventions. My extensive clinical research in the primary care setting was an important factor regarding my appointment as the behavioral psychologist in the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) from 2003 through 2008. Among other physicians I was chair of the inaugural Behavior Committee for the American Heart Association as well as other national committees. I also was a principal investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). All of my work has contributed to the development of national clinical practice guidelines and strategies that primary care physicians can use in their practice.

On Going Projects/ Grants

§  Principal Investigator, Weight Management Counseling in Medical Schools: A Randomized Controlled Trial, NIH, 2015-2020.

§  Principal Investigator, An Internet-Based Weight Loss and Exercise Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors; Our Danny Cancer Fund Collaborative Research Program, 2012-2014.

§  Advisor, UMMS Prevention Research Center, CDC. 2014-2019.


Board Certification

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Massachusetts #2740



Masters in Clinical Investigation Program: Team Science Course

§  2009                 Developed Course:  Team Science

§  2009, 2010        Course Leader, Team Science



PhD Program: Clinical and Population Health Research

§  2002-2005         Co-lead faculty and co-developer of the degree program

§  2004-2005         Developed Course: Determinants of Health

§  2005-2012         Course Leader, Determinants of Health



First Year

2001-present     Doctoring and Clinical Skills, Year 1

                        (formerly: Physician, Patient & Society)

                        Present one large group lecture

2000-2002         End of Life Elective (1st & 2nd Year Medical Students)

                        1994-1996         Physician, Patient & Society (PPS), Year 1

1996-2000         Taught small groups which met weekly

                        Presented two large group lectures

                        Co-developer of the course

1996-1999                  Nutrition Core Curriculum

                        Facilitated case discussions

1992-1993         Medical Interviewing and Clinical Problem Solving

                        Taught small groups 3 hours per week for 12 weeks

                        Presented two large group lectures

1983-1992         Communication Skills

                        Taught small group 1 ½ hours per week for nine weeks

Second Year

1996-1998         Doctoring and Clinical Skills, Year 2 Lecturer

Third Year

2002, 2003        Women's Health Interclerkship, Lecturer

1995-1998         Women's Health Interclerkship, Preceptor

1995-1998         Domestic Violence Interclerkship, Small Group Facilitator

1993-1994         Maternal/Child Health Clerkship

                        "Counseling High Risk Pregnant Women for Health Behavior Change"

1988-1994         Medical Clerkship

                        "Counseling Patients for Health Behavior Change" to each University of Massachusetts Medical Center rotation



2002-2004         Elective in Behavioral Medicine.



1993-1995         Preventive Cardiology Minicourse for Cardiology Fellows




2012-2017        Co-Director, Peers for Promotion

2012-2017         Director, Leadership Speaker Series

2003-2010         Advancing Your Presentation Skills Workshop

2003-2010         Building and Leading Research Teams Workshop

2003-2010         Writing a Clinical Research Proposal Workshop 

2001-2004         Grant Writing for Clinical Research

                        Course developer and small group facilitator

2000-2008         Director, Mentoring Program for faculty




2009-2011      -  Preventive Medicine Workshop: Developing United States Preventive Services Task Force Clinical Prevention Guidelines.           

-   Research supervision of medical students.

-   Lecturer in Student Enrichment Program for college students at UMMS.

1994-1995      -   Lecturer in undergraduate course, Principles of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at UMass, Amherst, MA (1994-1995).

1995-1997      -   Lecturer in graduate course in MPH program, (UMMS), Community and Clinical Interventions for Health Promotion, for UMass Division of Public Health, Amherst, MA (1995-1997).

1994-1995      -    Lecturer in graduate course, Preventive Aspects of Cardiovascular Diseases, for UMass Division of Public Health, Amherst, MA (1994-1995).



§  Professor of Medicine

Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity

University of Massachusetts Medical School


§  Adjunct Professor

Department of Nutrition

School of Public Health

Quantitative Health Science

University of Massachusetts/Amherst


Clinical/Research Interests

§  Prevention and management of disease

§  Development and application of a patient-centered counseling model for brief primary care-based physician-delivered interventions

§  Relationship of lifestyle behaviors to health and disease

§  Women’s health

§  Community-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention

§  Training and certification programs for treatment specialists, medical schools, medical residents, medical students

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