Behavioral Studies

 

Sofiya Alhassan

Sofiya Alhassan

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Director of Pediatric Physical Activity Laboratory

Email: alhassan@kin.umass.edu
Special Areas of Interest: Physical activity in the prevention of pediatric obesity. In particular, the utilization of community family-based physical activity interventions to reduce early onset cardiovascular disease risk factors in ethnic-minority children. Her research agenda also includes examining; the interrelationship between physical activity policy in preschool settings on preschool-age children physical activity levels, as well as, environmental and family influence on various health behaviors in ethnic-minority populations.

 

Elaine Puleo

 

Elaine Puleo

Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Email: epuleo@schoolph.umass.edu
Special Areas of Interest: Statistical and data analysis, evaluation design in behavioral studies. Currently she is lead coordinator of SHHARE; the Springfield-Holyoke Health Alliance for Research and Engagement. Dr. Puleo also leads the Biostatistics Consulting Center on the UMass Amherst campus, which supports all areas of research, from initial proposal development and study design through statistical analysis and reports.


Edward Stanek


Edward Stanek

Chair of the Department of Public Health
Professor of Biostatistics

Email: stanek@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Stanek’s research interests include inference in mixed models, sampling, analysis of longitudinal data and risk assessment with respect to soil ingestion. His main methodological interest is focused on the intersection of design-based, superpopulation model, and Bayesian inference as applied to estimating latent values for subjects (areas, clinics, physician practices). He also has a close connection with the Department of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at Worcester.