Opportunities in the BMed Lab

The Behavioral Medicine Lab in the Department of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst is recruiting graduate students.

Dr. Katie Potter and the UMass Amherst Behavioral Medicine lab are recruiting MS and PhD students to join the lab starting fall 2022. The mission of our lab is to find innovative ways to promote sustainable physical activity and to improve mental health, cognitive health, and social well-being. Current projects in the lab are investigating how dogs affect physical activity and health-related quality of life. We are interested in recruiting students who are interested in the human-animal bond and dog walking research, but certainly welcome applicants with broader interests, including but not limited to the following:

  • Contemporary physical activity behavior change science, including studying the role of affect, habit, and identity

  • Interventions to promote outdoor physical activity (e.g., dog walking, hiking, gardening, outdoor play)

  • Yoga and other mindful physical activity interventions

  • Dance and other social physical activity interventions

We welcome applications from students with diverse academic backgrounds.

Please contact Dr. Potter (katie.potter@umass.edu) with any questions about current projects in the lab, graduate student responsibilities, and assistantships.  Please include a summary of your research interests and attach a resume/CV to the email. We look forward to hearing from you!