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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Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research

November 21, 2022 by Division of Surgical Research

The Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research is an annual three-day event highlighting the research being conducted by junior faculty, senior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students at the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Trainee Awards for Outstanding Research Publication

Serena Murphy, M.D. for "Gradual adoption of needle biopsy for breast lesions in a rural state". Murphy's mentors are Michelle Sowden, D.O. Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology and Brian Sprague, Ph.D, Professor, Surgical Research

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