Lisa Klesges, PhD
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Dr. Klesges has specialty training in Behavioral Epidemiology and her current work involves family‐based obesity prevention interventions in children, behavioral and environmental risk factor assessment related to childhood obesity, and in translational methods for behavioral interventions. Her published work has primarily focused on behavioral interventions, psychosocial predictors of smoking and obesity related behaviors, and epidemiologic research related to women’s and children’s health. Dr. Klesges has served as a principal investigator or co‐investigator on over 40 research projects supported by NIH, national philanthropic and local agencies. While appointed at UTHSC, she served as a Co‐Director of the Memphis Alliance for Public Health Research and built a program of community‐based research to promote women’s and children’s health improvement. Dr. Klesges has served on numerous review panels for CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and NIH, including serving as a charter member of the Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section. She has participated in national advisory groups including NIH workshops, NIDDK and Institute of Medicine planning meetings, Robert Wood Johnson initiatives, and CDC panels based on her work in childhood obesity prevention and translational research methods.