For release: July 2, 2010
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Dr. Lisa Klesges has been named interim dean of the School of Public Health at the
University of Memphis.
Dr. Lisa Klesges
Klesges has been serving as professor and director of the School since August 2008.
“I’m delighted and honored to be named interim dean of the School of Public Health
at the U of M,” she said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the outstanding
and gifted faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”
Klesges is a Fellow with the Society of Behavioral Medicine and a prolific researcher
with a special interest in childhood obesity. She is an active member of the Society
of Behavioral Medicine and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity
(Epidemiology Section), and serves on the National Institutes of Health’s strategic
planning task force and the American Association for Cancer Research Task Force on
Behavioral Science and Cancer.
“Dr. Klesges has an impressive track record as an accomplished educator, leader and
researcher,” said U of M Provost Ralph Faudree. “We are delighted that she is willing
to serve as the interim dean while the search for a permanent dean is unfolding. Dr.
Klesges has done an outstanding job as director of our new School of Public Health,
positioning it for excellence and significant impact.”
Klesges earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Concordia College
in Moorhead, Minn., a master’s degree in psychology/research methods from the University
of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology/behavioral epidemiology from the University
of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Established as an independent academic unit on July 1, 2009, the University of Memphis
School of Public Health is preparing a future public health workforce, addressing
public health concerns through rigorous research and a focus on translation of research
to practice, and providing information and outreach to our community and the region.
The School will become one of the nation’s premier centers for health disparities
research, with particular emphases on urban health equity, urban health policy, environmental
health, and behavioral intervention tied to chronic diseases among vulnerable populations.