UMass Amherst SPHHS Interim Dean Nancy Cohen
April 24, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host its 6th SPHHS Awards Celebration. This annual event allows us to recognize our undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements in the classroom, in research, and through service to the community.

UMass Amherst Kinesiology Lecturer Tom St. Laurent
April 24, 2019

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Thomas St. Laurent, lecturer and undergraduate program director in the Department of Kinesiology, has been selected to receive the 2018-2019 SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching.

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Jill Hoover
April 23, 2019

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Jill Hoover, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, is the winner of the 2018-19 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. Hoover will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement and at the School’s Senior Recognition Ceremony.

April 23, 2019

Runner’s World published an article examining the importance of step cadence in meeting physical activity guidelines, and how runners can maximize the health benefits of their “non-running” steps.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology student Julianna Averill
April 16, 2019

Kinesiology researchers have received funding to compare the effects of tai chi and mindfulness meditation on both the physical balance and psychosocial well-being of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In a pilot study with 30 participants who have mild to moderate MS symptoms, researchers at the Motor Control Lab of Richard van Emmerik, professor of kinesiology, will use a one-year, $54,972 pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to measure the immediate and ongoing benefits of the two mind-body practices.

April 12, 2019

Researchers in the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory are seeking men ages 75-85 and women 81-85 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities in daily life. Participation in the study involves one to three visits to the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory on campus for a total time commitment of 4 to 4.5 hours.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Sara Mamo
April 11, 2019

Sara Mamo, assistant professor of communication disorders, will give a talk on “Healthy Aging and the Impact of Age-Related Hearing Loss” at the Retired Faculty Association meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the Campus Center 162-167.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
April 11, 2019

When it comes to addressing the national opioid crisis, most of the research has focused on the physical health risks faced by people with opioid use disorder, such as overdose and infectious disease. For the first time, public health researchers led by Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, have examined the impact of treating opioid use disorder on the risk for arrest and incarceration, comparing the effects of two different medications approved for the condition.

April 10, 2019

The Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network and UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the 2019 Health Equity Policy Assembly on April 10, 2019.

April 4, 2019

Police officers, students, mental health professionals and community leaders gathered in Old Chapel Thursday, April 4, to hear experts at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean’s Symposium on suicide prevention.

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