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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  • Autoimmune Disease Linked to Increased Survival Rates in Blood Disorders Patients
    December 1, 2023 by Kate Strotmeyer
    Autoimmune disease is frequent in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes, but studies have been inconclusive about how the preexistence of autoimmunity affects survival in these patients. A new study by UVM Cancer Center member Diego Adrianzen Herrera, M.D. uses an epidemiologic analysis to clarify that issue.
  • Nunziata Quoted in Vt. Standard Story on More Retirees Taking Classes
    November 30, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (NOVEMBER 30, 2023) Janet Nunziata, M.S., associate director of the Center on Aging at the University of Vermont, commented to the Vermont Standard for a story about an increase in the number of retirees who are stepping into the world of lectures, homework, and study groups.
    Read full story at Vermont Standard (Windsor County, Vt.)
  • Gibson, Jokela Quoted in Seven Days Article on Transgender Newcomers to Vt.
    November 22, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (November 22, 2023) Associate Professor of Pediatrics Erica Gibson, M.D., and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Anja Jokela, M.D., commented to Seven Days for an article on transgender newcomers finding safety, services, and community in Vermont.
    Read full story at Seven Days