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About Sherry L. Pagoto

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is co-founder of the UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media and co-chair of the National Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in health behavior change. Her research is focused on leveraging digital health in the treatment of obesity and cancer prevention. She has published 158 papers on these topics in top journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Dermatology, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Journal of Preventive Medicine and others. She has also published a book called, Psychological Comorbidities of Physical Illness (Springer, 2011). Dr. Pagoto's work has been federally funded for 14 years. She teaches graduate courses in Team Science and Behavioral Randomized Clinical Trials, and co-leads the K Award Writing Group for junior investigators. She has earned several awards including the Obesity Society Pioneer in mHealth/eHealth Award in 2014, 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. She is a social media expert with over 11K followers on Twitter and as contributor to US News and World Report, KevinMD, Psychology Today, and Salon. She runs two blogs, FUdiet.com and Shrink. She travels nationally and internationally to speak about how social media may be leveraged to promote health behavior and facilitate health communication. 

Positions

Present Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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Honors and Awards

  • SBM Paper Citation Award, “Treating Comorbid Obesity and Depression: The Be Active Trial," Society of Behavioral Medicine (2012)
  • Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
  • Champions of Excellence Award, University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare (2009)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2009)
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2009)
  • Early Career Investigator Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2006)


Contact Information

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Medicine
Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
508-856-2092

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