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Rebecca Lee

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PhD
Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3020
Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3020
Biography

Dr. Rebecca E. Lee is a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and previously served as founding director of the Texas Obesity Research Center in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston while holding a courtesy appointment at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Lee oversees the Understanding Neighborhood Determinants of Obesity (UNDO) research team, where she aims to provide innovative, theoretically-derived, trans-cultural, and community-based approaches to improving health to the science and community alike. Dr. Lee, a community health psychologist, specializes in research with populations of color using innovative strategies, incorporating social cohesion, ameliorating social injustices, capitalizing on innovations in technology and improving the quality of neighborhood environments. She has been consistently funded by the NIH for 10 years and is principal or co- investigator for several federally and privately funded research grants focusing on social, environmental, community and virtual interventions to increase physical activity and improve dietary habits.Dr. Rebecca Lee’s work is driven by her desire to reduce health disparities. She authored, Reversing the Obesogenic Environment (Human Kinetics, 2011), the authoritative text in the field. She has been a leader in the development of ecologic theory, techniques and applications of physical and social environmental factors that contribute to physical activity, dietary habits and obesity. Dr. Lee is the former chair of the Houston Mayor’s Wellness Council Public Policy Committee, where she worked with the Council to improve the health of Houstonians. She is an editorial board member of the the American Journal of Health Promotion and Health Psychology. She has authored and co-authored over 75 articles in peer-reviewed publications, and has served as a charter member on the Community Level Health Promotion Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. She has received many honors and awards, including the University of Houston College of Education Research Excellence Award in 2005 and 2008, the Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Stroke, the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Scholar award from the University of Houston Council on Women, and she is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Lee was selected as a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar to Mexico in 2011-2012 where she partnered with the University of Guadalajara to help build capacity around issues related to obesity in Mexico.

Publications
  • Galavíz K, Harden SM, Smith E, Allen K, Berrey M, Mama SK, Almeida FA, Lee RE, Estabrooks PA. Physical Activity Promotion in Latin American Populations: A Systematic Review on Issues of Internal and External Validity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2014).
  • Lee RE, McAlexander K, & Banda J. Reversing the Obesogenic Environment. (2011).
Research Activity
  • Larkey,Linda Kathryn*, Lee,Rebecca Elizabeth. Physical Activity and Meditative Movement to Prevent Weight Gain in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. MAYO CLINIC SCOTTSDALE(9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015).
  • Lee,Rebecca Elizabeth*. CORD Best Evaluation Tools and Techniques for Effective Recommendations for Policies (BETTER Policy Decisions). UNIV OF HOUSTON(9/30/2013 - 9/29/2016).
  • Lee,Rebecca Elizabeth*. SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY: PARTNERING TO PREVENT EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY. HHS-NIH-NICHD(9/2/2013 - 6/30/2015).
  • Lee,Rebecca Elizabeth*. Social contectual and environmental predictors of PA in sedentary minority adults. (7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014).
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 602State of Science in Nursing
NUR 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 616Community-Based Partcpt Rsrch
NUR 692Research
NUR 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 692Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 602State of Science in Nursing
NUR 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 690Reading and Conference
NUR 692Research
NUR 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 602State of Science in Nursing
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 691Seminar
NUR 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 690Reading and Conference
NUR 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HCR 571Cultural Diversity Hlth Promo
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 691Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HCR 571Cultural Diversity Hlth Promo