The mission of the Office of Health Promotion Research is to further knowledge and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention through the development of theory-based rigorously controlled research in health education and health promotion.

Our current research is primarily focused on the promotion and surveillance of effective breast cancer screening through the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System. We are one of six core sites of the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, as well as the PROSPR Research Center funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct research to improve the cancer screening process.

Our earlier research focused on tobacco control through smoking prevention and smoking cessation, AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention, and reducing alcohol use by youth. These research projects grew out of earlier ones which we have carried out since the early 1980s by emeriti faculty members Roger H. Secker-Walker M.D., John K. Worden, Ph.D., Brian S. Flynn, Sc.D., Berta Geller, Ed.D., and Laura J. Solomon, Ph.D.

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  • Schweitzer Fellows Help Women Cancer Survivors Lose a Collective 135 Pounds in 8 Weeks
    October 17, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Weight loss can be challenging for anyone, but in particular, for cancer patients whose treatments can make the task even more daunting. But second-year medical students Lauren Donnelly and Kirsten Martin are having huge – and unexpected – success helping one group of women cancer survivors achieve their weight loss and activity goals, thanks to a 12-week weight management program they have been delivering to Steps to Wellness patients as their 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellowship project.
  • Fourth-Year Wisdom: Escape the Bubble and the Burnout
    October 17, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    #MEDSCHOOLADVICE is a monthly column that highlights questions from first- and second-year UVM medical students and advice from third- and fourth-years. This month, Eric Schmidt, Class of 2018 reflects on his first year, what he would have done differently, and what he's learned in the past four years - outside of the classroom.
  • Underscoring Humanism in Medicine: The White Coat Ceremony
    October 12, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Since August 7, when the Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2021 started their medical education journey, the country has endured multiple, unthinkable tragedies – hurricanes, a mass shooting, wildfires – the kind that give rise to a greater respect and need for human connection. On Friday, October 13, 2017, these students participated in a rite of passage that emphasizes the importance of humanism in medicine – the White Coat Ceremony.
  • Nathan Finds Stress Management Training Benefits Health Care Professionals
    October 9, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    New interdisciplinary research conducted by University of Vermont researcher Jane Nathan, Ph.D., and colleagues, has found that the Benson Henry Institute’s (BHI) evidence-based Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) is a valuable model to use with health professionals to enhance their well-being.
  • Henry Ng Talks about Transgender Care at Imbasciani Lecture
    September 29, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont hosted Henry Ng, M.D., M.P.H., past president of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, at the fourth annual Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.’85 and George DiSalvo LGBTQ Health Equity Lecture on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in the Livak Ballroom in the Dudley Davis Center at UVM. Ng will discuss “Incorporating Transgender Care into Everyday Primary Care.”
  • Desjardins Named Chief Medical Officer at UVM Medical Center
    September 29, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont Medical Center President Eileen Whalen, M.H.A., R.N., announced today that Isabelle Desjardins, M.D., has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for The University of Vermont Medical Center, effective October 1.
  • 3 Questions with Chair of Radiology Kristen DeStigter, M.D.
    September 29, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    John P. and Kathryn H. Tampas Green and Gold Professor of Radiology Kristen DeStigter, M.D., was appointed chair of radiology following a national search in spring 2017 after having served as interim chair of radiology since 2014 and vice chair of radiology from 2004 to 2014. An alumnus of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a body imaging fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio prior to joining UVM in 2001. She is co-founder and president of Imaging the World, a nonprofit organization that developed and uses a new sustainable model for ultrasound imaging, making basic life-saving diagnosis accessible in the poorest regions of the world, is a fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR), and serves on the ACR International Outreach Committee and as chair of the International Radiology Education Committee of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She specializes in unique applications of ultrasonography in rural medicine, provision of integrated medical imaging in underserved communities, and medical education in diagnostic radiology. The Larner College of Medicine communications staff sat down with DeStigter recently for an interview.
  • “Edison of Medicine” & MIT Engineer Langer Shares Biotech Wisdom as Stetson Lecturer
    September 21, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Robert Langer, Sc.D., David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, presented the 2nd Annual Stetson Lecture at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont on Monday, September 25, 2017.
  • Atherly Appointed Director of Health Services Research Center
    September 21, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont has announced the appointment of Adam Atherly, Ph.D., as the College’s first director of the health services research center and professor of medicine, effective February 1, 2018.
  • In the Wake of Charlottesville: Q&A with Class of ’17 Grad Shehab
    September 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Syed “Samin” Shehab, M.D.’17 (SS) is currently a first-year internal medicine resident at Boston University Medical Center. He recently published a blog post, titled “403,” on In-Training that addresses the issue of caring for patients with vastly different beliefs. The Larner College of Medicine (LCoM) recently conducted a Q&A with Shehab.
  • 4th-Year Wisdom: "First Year Feels Slow, but Med School Happens Fast"
    September 18, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    In the first and second years of medical school, the end goal – an M.D. – seems far away. But Vic Hudziak ’18 now knows that despite that first-year slow-mo feeling, four years actually flies by. She and classmate Julia Shatten ’18 have some great tips for students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 for getting through the next few years smoothly.
  • The UVM Gender & Sexuality Alliance Marches in Burlington Vermont Pride Parade 2017
    September 18, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    On Sunday, September 10, Class of 2020 student leaders of the UVM Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Jenna Morris, Eli Goldberg, and Zachary Silberman and their faculty advisor, Pam Gibson, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine participated in the Burlington, VT Pride Parade. It was the fifth year in a row the GSA has attended.
  • Congressman Peter Welch Press Conference with UVM Medical Student Juan Conde featured in Vermont media
    September 14, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) press conference was held by Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont at the UVM Larner College of Medicine on Monday, September 11. The press conference was covered by a number of Vermont and regional media outlets.
  • Rep. Welch Holds DACA Press Conference featuring Medical Student
    September 14, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Vermont's sole Congressman Peter Welch held a press conference on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Larner College of Medicine to discuss the impact of the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision to hold the event was prompted by a letter written to Representative Welch by first-year Larner College of Medicine student Juan Conde, a DACA recipient who was brought to the U.S. with his brother by his mother when he was nine years old.
  • Next Generation of Lung Stem Cell Research Takes Flight
    September 8, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
  • Stanford's Prober Shares Active Learning Expertise at Teaching Academy Lecture
    September 6, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    On September 8, The Teaching Academy at the UVM Larner College of Medicine hosted Charles Prober, M.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine. Faculty and staff of the College attended his presentation "Reimagining & Reinvigorating Medical Student Education."
  • Capstone of a Career: Dean Morin to Step Down in 2018
    August 30, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Frederick Morin, M.D., announced today that next year, he will step down as dean of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont once a successor has been named. Morin became the College’s 17th dean ten years ago, on August 25, 2007.
  • Continuing the Conversation Prompted by The Washington Post: The New England Journal of Medicine Offers Perspective on Active Learning
    August 17, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Doctors from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School join the exploding current conversation about active learning prompted by the Washington Post's highlight of the UVM Larner College of Medicine in "Medical school without the 'sage on a stage.'"
  • Higgins Study Examines Potential of Nicotine Reduction to Curb Smoking Addiction
    August 23, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The FDA is right – when it comes to disease culprits, cigarette smoking tops the list. While recognized as the number-one cause of preventable disease and death, it’s an incredibly tough habit to break due to the addictiveness of nicotine. New research from the University of Vermont (UVM) and colleagues suggests that reducing nicotine content in cigarettes may decrease their addiction potential in especially vulnerable populations and suggests how regulatory policies could shift preferences to less-harmful tobacco products.
  • Fall 2017 Community Medical School Series Kicks Off Sept. 5
    August 23, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Since 1998, this program, jointly organized by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center, has been providing members of the UVM and local community with accessible and important education on a wide variety of timely, fascinating, and engaging health care topics.