Rebecca E. Lee, PhD

            Dr. Rebecca Lee is director of the Texas Obesity Research Center and also serves as associate professor, both in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston.

            She additionally holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

            An editorial board member of the International Journal of Women’s Health and the American Journal of Health Promotion, she was named winner of the Research Excellence Award in 2005 and 2008, College of Education at the University of Houston.

            She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease and physical activity at Stanford University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in human services psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and she received an MA in experimental psychology at San Diego State University.

            Other positions during her career include assistant adjunct professor, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri, Kansas City; assistant professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center; behavior change consultant, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland, and others.

            She has authored and co-authored numerous studies in peer-reviewed publications, serves as charter member on the Community Level Health Promotion Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institute of Health, and has received many honors and awards.

            In current research, she is principal investigator for the NIH/NCI study “Maintaining Physical Activity in Ethnic Minority Women.” For Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research, she served as principal investigator for “Environmental Correlates of Leisure and Transportation Walking of Residents of Public Housing.” For SADF, she was principal investigator on “Environmental Barriers to Maintaining a Healthy Weight in Urban Housing Developments.”

            Dr. Lee serves on the Houston Mayor’s Wellness Council, dotes on three nephews, is an expert salsa dancer, loves to travel and enjoys wine tasting and intellectual wind sprints.



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