Dr. Rebecca Puhl is Deputy Director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health and Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at UConn. Dr. Puhl is responsible for identifying and coordinating research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias.
Dr. Puhl earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has conducted research on weight stigma and discrimination for 20 years and has published over 170 studies on weight-based bullying in youth, weight bias in health care and the media, interventions and policy strategies 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 to state and national health organizations, and has developed evidence-based training resources to reduce weight bias that have been implemented in medical facilities across the country.
Dr. Puhl is a leading national expert in the field of weight bias, and her research is routinely publicized in national and international media. She has been recognized for her research with national awards including the Excellence in Policy Research Award from the National Eating Disorders Coalition, and The Obesity Society Scientific Achievement Award for excellence in an established research career, and was named to the World’s Highly Cited Research List in 2021. At UConn, Dr. Puhl was the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Research Award in Public Scholarship by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.