Dr. Klesges is a Senior Advisor in Implementation Science and Public Health, Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. She is a Professor of Epidemiology, and former Founding Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. Dr. Klesges has been a principal or co-investigator on over 50 funded projects spanning research in obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, sickle cell disease transitions in care, and translational research methods. Her work is widely published in journals of epidemiology, social science, medicine, and public health. Dr. Klesges is a Fellow and Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. She is past associate editor for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and current consulting editor for Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research. She is a member of the Health Care Industry Council of the Eighth District Federal Reserve Bank, and has previously served in advisory roles with Karolinska Institutet, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, National Academy of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as numerous health-related state, regional, and local boards and committees. Dr. Klesges received her B.A. in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; M.S. in psychology from University of Memphis, and her Ph.D. in behavioral epidemiology from University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

Involvement at AcademyHealth:

  • Committee Member: 2018 Annual Research Meeting