Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. She co-founded the UMass Center for mHealth-Based
Behavioral Sensing and Interventions. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist,
delivering behavioral weight loss counseling in the UMass Weight Center. Her research is
focused on obesity and cancer prevention. She has published over 80 papers on these
topics. She has also published a book called, Psychological Comorbidities of Physical
Illness (Springer, 2011). Dr. Pagoto has been federally funded for 10 years and currently
holds grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, and the
UMass President’s Science and Technology Fund, the UMass Office of Global Health and the
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She teaches graduate courses in Team
Science and Behavioral Randomized Clinical Trials, and co-leads the K Award Writing Group
for junior investigators. In terms of professional service, Dr. Pagoto is on the Board of
Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and Chairs the SBM Public Policy
Leadership Group. She has earned several awards including the SBM Early Career/Young
Investigator Award in 2006, the SBM Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and the Western
Michigan University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. In her spare time she hosts two
blogs on the psychology of weight loss, FUdiet.com and Shrink on Psychology Today. 

Dr. Pagoto's research interests include: Psychiatric co-morbidities of obesity, type
2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome; Lifestyle interventions; Translation of research to
practice; Behavioral Activation treatment of depression; Skin cancer prevention. 

Articles

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Food preparation supplies predict children's family meal and home-prepared dinner consumption in low-income households (with Bradley M. Appelhans, Molly E. Waring, and Kristin L. Schneider), Appetite (2014)
 

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Severity of Depressive Symptoms and Accuracy of Dietary Reporting among Obese Women with Major Depressive Disorder Seeking Weight Loss Treatment (with Matthew C. Whited, Kristin L. Schneider, Bradley M. Appelhans, Yunsheng Ma, Molly E. Waring, Michele A. DeBiasse, Andrew M. Busch, Jessica L. Oleski, Philip A. Merriam, Barbara C. Olendzki, Sybil L. Crawford, Ira S. Ockene, and Stephenie C. Lemon), PloS one (2014)
 

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Assessing depression in obese women: An examination of two commonly-used measures (with Kristin L. Schneider, Andrew M. Busch, Matthew C. Whited, Bradley M. Appelhans, and Molly E. Waring), Journal of psychosomatic research (2013)
 

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Beverages contribute extra calories to meals and daily energy intake in overweight and obese women (with Bradley M. Appelhans, Maria E. Bleil, Molly E. Waring, Kristin L. Schneider, Lisa M. Nackers, Andrew M. Busch, and Matthew C. Whited), Physiology and behavior (2013)
 

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A Call for an End to the Diet Debates (with Bradley M. Appelhans), JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association (2013)
 

Books

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Psychological Co-Morbidities of Physical Illness: A Behavioral Medicine Perspective, Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations (2011)
 

Contributions to Books

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Translational Research Phases in the Behavioral and Social Sciences: Adaptations from the Biomedical Sciences (with Stephenie C. Lemon, Deborah Bowen, Milagros C. Rosal, Kristin Schneider, Lori Pbert, Monica L. Wang, Jennifer Allen, and Judith K. Ockene), Handbook of Health Behavior Change (2013)
 

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (with C. Richard Spates, Ellen Koch, Karen Cusack, and Stacey Waller), Effective Treatments for PTSD (2008)
 

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Research to Practice in Health and Behavior (with Bonnie Spring), Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior (2004)
 

Presentations and Posters

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Social Support for Weight Loss: Online Friends Versus Real Friends, UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Simple messages to improve dietary quality: A pilot investigation (with Barbara C. Olendzki, Yunsheng Ma, Kristin L. Schneider, Philip A. Merriam, Annie L. Culver, and Ira S. Ockene), American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting (2008)
 

Other

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Fluoxetine, Smoking, and History of Major Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial (with Bonnie Spring, Neal Doran, Dennis E. McChargue, Jessica Werth Cook, Katherine Bailey, John Crayton, and Donald Hedecker), Faculty Publications, Department of Psychology (2007)
 

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Altered reward value of carbohydrate snacks for female smokers withdrawn from nicotine (with Bonnie Spring, Dennis E. McChargue, Donald Hedeker, and Jessica Werth), Faculty Publications, Department of Psychology (2003)