Katie (Becofsky) Potter

University of Massachusetts Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky
Assistant Professor
3 Totman Building


BA, SUNY New Paltz; MS, UNC Greensboro; PhD, University of South Carolina; Postdoctoral fellowship, The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Physical activity behavior change; physical activity interventions 

Research Description: 

Since many people do not like to exercise or find it difficult to fit into their busy lives, my research involves promoting activities that people enjoy or deeply value and that get them moving as a ‘side-effect’. I am also very interested in the mental, social, and physical health benefits of the human-animal bond, and a focus of my lab is developing and testing dog-facilitated physical activity interventions.

Key Publications: 

Potter, K., Teng, J., Masteller, B., aRajala, C., & Balzer, L.B. 2019. Examining how dog ‘acquisition’ affects physical activity and psychosocial well-being: Findings from the BuddyStudy pilot trial. Animals, 9(9).

Potter, K. & Sartore-Baldwin, M. 2019. Dogs as support and motivation for physical activity. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 18(7):275-280.

Becofsky, K., Wing, E.J., McCaffery, J., Boudreau, M., & Wing, R.R. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of a behavioral weight loss program for Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected patients.  Clinical Infectious Diseases, 65(1): 154-157.

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., Baruth, M., & Wilcox, S. (2014). Psychosocial mediators of two community-based physical activity programs. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48(1):125-29.