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Klesges Is Named Founding Dean of U of M School of Public Health

For release: August 1, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843.

Dr. Lisa Klesges
Dr. Lisa Klesges
Dr. Lisa Klesges, head of the University of Memphis School of Public Health since its inception in August 2008, has been named its first permanent dean.  During her term as interim dean, Dr. Klesges exhibited exemplary leadership, recruiting top-notch scholars and championing the role of public health by building meaningful partnerships within the greater metropolitan area.

She has a proven and impressive record as an accomplished educator and as a prolific researcher, with special interests in childhood obesity.   She is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and of the Obesity Society.  She has served on review panels and strategic planning groups for the National Institutes of Health and on the Task Force on Behavioral Science and Cancer for the American Association for Cancer Research.

Established as an independent academic unit in July 2009, the U of M’s School of Public Health prepares the future public health workforce, addresses public health concerns through rigorous research and a focus on translation of research to practice, and provides information and outreach to our community and the region. 

The School’s goal is to 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.

More information about the School of Public Health is available online at or by phone at 901-678-4637.

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