Featured Contributor – Rebecca Puhl PhD

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Rebecca Puhl, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Puhl is the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. As a Senior Research Scientist, she coordinates research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by obesity. Dr. Puhl received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has conducted research on weight bias for 13 years and has published numerous studies about weight-based bullying in youth, weight bias in health care and the media, interventions to reduce weight bias, and the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health. Dr. Puhl has testified in state legislative hearings on weight bias, routinely provides expertise on this issue to State Departments of Health and national health organizations, and has developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight bias that have been implemented in medical facilities across the country. Dr. Puhl has served on the governing Council of The Obesity Society, and is on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition. For more information on Dr. Puhl’s work, please visit www.yaleruddcenter.org