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Klesges Named Interim Dean of U of M School of Public Health University News
For release: July 2, 2010

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Dr. Lisa Klesges
Dr. Lisa Klesges
Dr. Lisa Klesges has been named interim dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis.  

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.
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