Sofija Zagarins

Sofija Zagarins
Lecturer, Online M.P.H. in Nutrition
413- 687-4096


B.S., Union College, 2001; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009; Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRP)

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Health and virtual care management, Body composition, Weight loss and weight loss surgery, Diabetes management and prevention

Research Description: 

I joined the Department of Behavioral Medicine Research at Baystate Medical Center in 2005 as I was completed my dissertation on the association between body composition and bone mass in young adult women. Since coming to Baystate I have had the opportunity to further develop my interest in body composition and its effect on health, and have been involved with several projects in collaboration with the hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Program. We found that support group attendance and regular exercise were important to achieving and sustaining weight loss, and I am following up on these findings by developing a virtual support program for weight loss surgery patients that will leverage wireless technologies for the remote home monitoring of weight and physical activity.

Key Publications: 

Zagarins SE, Ronnenberg AG, Gehlbach SH, Lin R, Bertone-Johnson ER. The association of lean mass and fat mass with peak bone mass in young premenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2010;13:392-8.

Welch G, Wesolowski C, Zagarins SE, Kuhn J, Romanelli J, Garb JL, Allen N. Evaluation of clinical outcomes for gastric bypass surgery: Results from a comprehensive follow-up study. Obesity Surgery. 2011;21:18-28.

Zagarins SE, Allen NA, Skinner SS, Kemper AJ, Welch G. Improved Exercise Behaviors Associated with a Comprehensive Structured Exercise Program Following Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care. 2011; 6:85-90.

Zagarins SE, Allen NA, Garb JL, Welch G. Improvement in Glycemic Control Following a Diabetes Education Intervention is Associated with Change in Diabetes Distress but Not Change in Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2011 [Epub ahead of print]

Zagarins SE, Ronnenberg AG, Gehlbach SH, Lin R, Bertone-Johnson ER. Are existing measures of overall diet quality associated with peak bone mass in young premenopausal women? Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012;25:172-9.

Sofija Zagarins Curriculum Vitae