Lab Members & Friends of the BMed Lab

Lab Members

Dr. Katie Becofsky, Lab Director

Research Interests:

  • Exercise motivation and adherence
  • Stealth health interventions
  • Physical and psychosocial benefits of the human-dog bond
  • Mental and cognitive benefits of physical activity and exercise

Curriculum Vitae


  • BA, Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
  • MS, Kinesiology, UNC Greensboro
  • PhD, Exercise science, University of South Carolina
  • Postdoc, Cardiovascular behavioral medicine, The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School

Affiliations: American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine



Caitlin Rajala, Graduate student


  • BA, English Major, Dance Minor, Mount Holyoke College
  • MSc, Dance Science and Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburg, Scotland

Research Interests:

  • Physical activity in relation to chronic illness management
  • Autoimmune disorders, mental illness, and cognitive decline
  • Physical and psychosocial benefits of alternative/stealth physical activity interventions






Kaleigh Swainamer, Undergraduate student

Major: Kinesiology

Minors: Psychology, Economics

Hobbies: Going to the gym, taking naps, and eating snacks!

Fun fact: I jumped off the Jaws bridge in Martha’s Vineyard








Andreia Singh, Undergraduate student

Major: Kinesiology









Friends of the BMed Lab

Dr. Laura B. Balzer, Biostatistician

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, UMass Amherst

Curriculum Vitae








Dr. Brittany Masteller, Postdoctoral fellow

UMass Physical Activity & Health Lab postdoctoral research fellow

PA assessment and qualitative data collection expert










Nick Diehl, BuddyStudy Program Coordinator