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College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Faculty and Staff

Heather O'Neal Chambliss


Health Sport Sciences

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Professional Affiliations: Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine; Executive Committee, Exercise Is Medicine

Interests: Physical Activity Behavior, Exercise and Mental Health, Weight Management, Social Marketing and Health Promotion

Dr. Heather Chambliss, FACSM is a faculty member in Health Promotion in the department of Health and Sport Sciences at The University of Memphis.  Heather has a MA in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University and a PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia.   Upon completing her degree, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow, health educator, and research scientist at The Cooper Institute, an internationally recognized preventive medicine organization in Dallas, Texas.  Heather is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and serves on the Executive Committee for the Exercise Is MedicineTM initiative. 

Heather has presented at numerous national conferences on topics of physical activity promotion, weight management, obesity bias, and health behavior change. She has worked extensively in health coaching, curricula development and program design and has been quoted for popular media including Fitness Magazine and Wall Street Journal.  Heather is a specialty medical reviewer for Healthwise, Inc, which provides content for a variety of online and print health resources.  Heather and her husband Donnie live in Southaven, MS with their daughters, Karis and Clare. Heather volunteers locally on the DeSoto County Community Health Council, Mississippi Regional Health Council, and Get A Life! Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative.

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