UMASS BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE LAB
The Behavioral Medicine Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is based in the Department of Kinesiology. The lab aims to design and test interventions that increase physical activity and improve psychosocial well-being in sustainable ways. The current focus of the lab is leveraging the human-animal bond to achieve these goals.
The BMed Lab is directed by Dr. Katie Potter. Dr. Potter earned her PhD at the University of South Carolina in 2014 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School in 2016.
Project Rover is a dog walking intervention study. All participants will enroll in a three-week training course with their dog that will teach skills and commands that support safe and enjoyable dog walking, including loose leash walking, pace changes, direction changes and full stops. The course will meet twice a week, Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, on the UMass campus. In addition to the free dog training course (normally $130), participants will be compensated $20 for completing each of the three study assessment visits (for a total of up to $60).