For release: August 1, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843.
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.
Dr. Lisa Klesges
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
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 www.memphis.edu/sph or by phone at 901-678-4637.