Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University
Dr. Rebecca Puhl received her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University. She is director of Research and Anti-Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where she is also a research scientist. Dr. Puhl is responsible for identifying and coordinating research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias, and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by obesity.
Dr. Puhl has been conducting research on weight bias since 1999, and has published a range of experimental studies, population-based studies, review papers, and chapters on this topic. Her recent publications address the prevalence and origins of weight stigma, interventions to reduce weight bias, and the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health. She has presented on these topics to academic, professional, and community groups across the country. Her research has received national and international media attention, including appearances on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, and coverage of her work in The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and multiple other news sources. Dr. Puhl serves as chair of the Weight Bias Task Force of The Obesity Society, and is an editor of the book Weight Bias: Nature, Extent, and Remedies (Guilford Press, 2005).