Lori Pbert, Ph.D

Lori Pbert, Ph.D
Lori Pbert, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, associate chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, and founder and director of the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

Dr. Pbert is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist with 30 years of experience designing and evaluating pragmatic, sustainable approaches to integrating preventive health interventions into existing clinical practice to inform evidence-based guidelines and best practices. Dr. Pbert’s research portfolio includes tobacco and obesity prevention and treatment, with a focus on youth and families; the development of clinician-delivered preventive health intervention protocols within primary care settings; and the establishment of clinical-community linkages and adjunct approaches to support clinic-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts. More specifically, her current research includes evaluating the effectiveness of a coaching program as an adjunct to a pediatric office–based intervention to help families of children with overweight or obesity make recommended changes in diet and physical activity; mindfulness training as an adjunct to medical care in managing symptoms and improving quality of life in adults with asthma; and school-based interventions to improve self-regulation and cardiovascular health behaviors in adolescents. Dr. Pbert’s work has also included the development of measures to assess clinician delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive services.

As a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Center for Child Health Research Tobacco Consortium, Dr. Pbert led efforts to review and synthesize the literature to develop and disseminate recommendations for the treatment of tobacco use and exposure among youth within pediatric practice. Dr. Pbert’s own protocols to prevent and treat nicotine dependence in adolescents have been disseminated by the National Cancer Institute and cited in the 2012 “Surgeon General’s Report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”

Dr. Pbert earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University, completing a fellowship in preventive and behavioral medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding research and for mentoring future preventive health investigators, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Mentor Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2018. Dr. Pbert is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Dr. Pbert joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2019.