Rebecca Hasson

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Rebecca Hasson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health and Director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Hasson has developed a nationally recognized cross-disciplinary research program that takes an environmental, behavioral, and biological perspective to understand racial/ethnic disparities in the development of obesity and obesity-related health complications in children and adolescents. Her research also aims to reduce disparities through the design and implementation of behavioral interventions.

Dr. Hasson received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduating, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Southern California’s Childhood Obesity Research Center and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco’s Center on Social Disparities in Health as a W.H. Kellogg Health Scholar. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Hasson has been extensively involved with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She currently serves as Chair of ACSM’s Strategic Health Initiative on Health Equity and was recently elected to the ACSM Board of Trustees. Dr. Hasson is also a Past President of the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues.

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