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Katie Becofsky

Assistant Professor

Developing physical activity interventions with wide dissemination potential that are based in the science of motivation and decision making. I am especially interested in mental and cognitive health benefits of increasing physical activity.

Current Research

Our laboratory is currently focused on pairing people with companion dogs to study how dogs affect physical activity levels and other physical, mental and social health outcomes. We are also designing interventions to address barriers to dog walking among current owners that do not walk their dog.

Learn more at www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/katie-becofsky

Academic Background

  • B.A. SUNY New Paltz
  • M.S. UNC Greensboro
  • Ph.D. University of South Carolina
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School
Becofsky, K., Wing, E., Wing, R., Richards, K., & Gillani, F. (2016). Obesity prevalence and related risk of co-morbidities among HIV+ patients attending a New England ambulatory center. Obesity Science & Practice.
Becofsky, K., Shook, R., Sui, X., Wilcox, S., Lavie, C. & Blair, S. (2015). The influence of source of social support and size of social network on all-cause mortality. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 90(7):895-902.
Becofsky, K., Sui, X., Lee, D.C., Zhang, X., Wilcox, S. & Blair, S.N. (2015). A prospective study of fitness, fatness and depressive symptoms. American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(5):311-20.
Friedman, D.B., Becofsky, K., Anderson, L.A., Bryant, L.L., Hunter, R.H., Ivey, S.L., Belza, B., Logsdon, R.G., Brannon, S., Vandenberg, A.E., & Lin, S.Y. (2015). Public perceptions about risk and protective factors for cognitive health and impairment: A review of the literature. International Psychogeriatrics, 27(8):1263-1275.
Becofsky, K., Baruth, M., & Wilcox, S. (2014). Psychosocial mediators of two community-based physical activity programs. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48(1):125-29.
 
Contact Info

Department of Kinesiology
3 Totman Building
Amherst, MA 01003

413-545-6058
kbecofsky@umass.edu

www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/katie-becofsky