Sherry Pagoto

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Sherry Pagoto
Sherry Pagoto PhD.jpg
in 2019
Alma materWestern Michigan University
Oakland University
Known forBehavioral medicine, Social media research, public health, science communication
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Connecticut
University of Massachusetts
University of Illinois at Chicago
Hines VA Medical Center, Chicago
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago

Sherry Pagoto is a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut and director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. A behavioural scientist and licensed clinical psychologist, she is an expert in leveraging technology, especially social media, to promote health behavior change with extensive research on the topics of obesity management and cancer prevention. She is the President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Education and early career[edit]

Pagoto studied psychology at Oakland University and graduated cum laude in 1995.[1] She earned an MA (1998) and PhD (2001) at Western Michigan University under the supervision of Wayne Fuqua.[2] She then moved on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Bonnie Spring. She completed a predoctoral internship in health psychology at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[1] Here she earned a K23 Patient Oriented Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate obesity and emotional eating.[3]

She was appointed research assistant professor at University of Illinois in 2002. She accepted a position of assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2004, and received a license to practice clinical psychology in Massachusetts. In 2017, she accepted a position at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the UConn Institute for Collaborations in Health and Interventions and Policy, where she is the Director of the University of Connecticut Center for mHealth and Social Media.[4][5] In 2017 she was elected as President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.[6][7]   


Pagoto’s research focuses on applying behavioural science to chronic disease prevention.[8] In 2011 she published Psychological Co-morbidities of Physical Illness with Springer Nature.[9] In her research, she uses online social networks to create patient communities that provide evidence-based health promotion programs for people at risk of chronic disease.[10][11] Pagoto has designed several mobile apps that providing support for the management of diet, exercise, depression, and stress reduction.[10][12][13] She has developed a range of randomised trials to investigate the effectiveness of effectiveness of behavioural treatments for depression, obesity, and other chronic conditions.[14][15] Her work is supported by several large National Institutes of Health grants.[16] For example, the recent RELAX application suite provides a patient-facing mobile application, including opportunities to self-monitor (diet, exercise, stress etc) and stress-management features, where data is linked to the Microsoft HealthVault.[17]

Pagoto is also concerned about skin cancer and excessive ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun and artificial sources.[18] She has done several studies examining “tanning addiction".[19][20][21] She also documented the prevalence of tanning beds on top US college campuses, which led to the development of the Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus, an initiative sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.[22] She co-chairs the initiative which encourages U.S. college campuses to adopt skin cancer prevention policies.[23] Several universities have adopted the policy, including University of North Florida, East Tennessee State University, and Temple University. She has proposed a means to use social media to engage mothers, in an effort to reduce the tanning of teenage daughters.[24] The messages will be sent on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.[25][26]

Pagoto has written for The Conversation, Med City News, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.[27] She has written and/or commented on the topic of gender equality in Salon, Times Higher Education, USA Today, and Self Magazine.[28]

Awards and honours[edit]

2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School Mentoring Women Faculty Award[29]

2016 Society of Behavioural Medicine Distinguished Service Award[30]

2014 University of Massachusetts Medical School Women in Science and Health Achievement Award[10]

2014 The Obesity Society Pioneer in mHealth/eHealth Award[31]

2011 Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumni Award[32]

2009 Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow

2006 Society of Behavioural Medicine Early Career Award[30]


  1. ^ a b ExpertFile. "Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D. Professor of Allied Health Sciences - Expert with University of Connecticut | ExpertFile". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  2. ^ "2011-12 Events and Colloquia | Psychology | Western Michigan University". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  3. ^ Pagoto, Sherry. "Obesity and Negative Affect-Induced Eating". Grantome.
  4. ^ "Faculty | UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media". Retrieved 2018-12-28.[verification needed]
  5. ^ "Home | UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media". Retrieved 2018-12-28.[verification needed]
  6. ^ "Sherry Pagoto, PhD, inducted as Society of Behavioral Medicine president-elect". University of Massachusetts Medical School. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2018-12-28.[verification needed]
  7. ^ "Full Article | Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)". Retrieved 2018-12-28.[verification needed]
  8. ^ "Sherry Pagoto – EHPS 2017". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  9. ^ Pagoto, Sherry, ed. (2011). Psychological Co-morbidities of Physical Illness: A Behavioral Medicine Perspective. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 9781441900302.
  10. ^ a b c "Leveraging Technology for Health Behavior Change: A Behavioral Science Perspective". The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  11. ^ "6 Ways Food Affects Your Mood". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  12. ^ Pagoto, Sherry; Tulu, Bengisu; Agu, Emmanuel; Waring, Molly E; Oleski, Jessica L; Jake-Schoffman, Danielle E (2018-06-20). "Using the Habit App for Weight Loss Problem Solving: Development and Feasibility Study". JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 6 (6): e145. doi:10.2196/mhealth.9801. ISSN 2291-5222. PMC 6031896. PMID 29925496.
  13. ^ "New App Promises To Curb Stress Eating". 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  14. ^ Pagoto, Sherry. "Get Social: Randomized Trial of a Social Network Delivered Lifestyle Intervention". Grantome.
  15. ^ Tulu, Bengisu; Pagoto, Sherry. "Feasibility Trial of a Problem-Solving Weight Loss Mobile Application". Grantome.
  16. ^ "Pagoto, Sherry". Pri-Med. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  17. ^ Tulu, Bengisu; Pagoto, Sherry. "RELAX: A mobile application suite targeting obesity and stress". Grantome.
  18. ^ S; Gray, ra; Communications, UMass Medical School (2014-02-11). "UMass Medical School - Worcester". University of Massachusetts Medical School. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  19. ^ "Study: Tanning Bed Addictions More Likely When Used At Gym". 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  20. ^ "Are You Addicted to the Sun?". US News. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  21. ^ Blashill, Aaron J.; Oleski, Jessica L.; Hayes, Rashelle; Scully, Jonathan; Antognini, Tad; Olendzki, Effie; Pagoto, Sherry (1 May 2016). "The Association Between Psychiatric Disorders and Frequent Indoor Tanning". JAMA Dermatology. 152 (5): 577–579. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.5866. ISSN 2168-6084. PMC 5545115. PMID 26843193.
  22. ^ "No Shortage of Tanning Beds at Top US Colleges". ABC News. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  23. ^ "ABOUT US | Skin Smart Campus". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  24. ^ Pagoto, Sherry; Buller, David. "Likes Pins and Views: Engaging Moms on Teen Indoor Tanning Thru Social Media". Grantome.
  25. ^ Tulu, Bengisu; Pagoto, Sherry. "Feasibility Trial of a Problem-Solving Weight Loss Mobile Application". Grantome.
  26. ^ Pagoto, Sherry; Buller, David. "Likes Pins and Views: Engaging Moms on Teen Indoor Tanning Thru Social Media". Grantome.
  27. ^ "Sherry Pagoto". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  28. ^ "I won't be answering any more questions about my work-life balance". Times Higher Education (THE). 2018-08-18. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  29. ^ "Women's Faculty Awards honor achievements in service, education, research and patient care". University of Massachusetts Medical School. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  30. ^ a b "Sherry Pagoto President Elect" (PDF). SBM. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  31. ^ "ObesityWeek 2014 // Where Science and Treatment Meet". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  32. ^ "Alumni 2011 Achievement Awards" (PDF). Western Michigan University. Retrieved 2018-12-28.