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Rebecca Puhl PhD

About Rebecca Puhl PhD

Dr. Rebecca Puhl is Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, where she leads research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight-based stigma and discrimination.

Dr. Puhl received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles (cited 25,000+ times) and 24 chapters on topics including weight-based bullying in youth, the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health, weight stigma in health care and the media, and policy strategies to reduce weight-based bullying and discrimination.                         

As an international research expert, Dr. Puhl has testified in legislative hearings on weight discrimination and routinely provides expertise on strategies to reduce weight stigma to national and international health organizations. She has also developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight bias in health care that have been implemented in medical facilities across the United States. Her work is routinely cited in the national media.

Dr. Puhl has received multiple national awards for her research, from organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Coalition, the Obesity Action Coalition, and The Obesity Society, who selected Dr. Puhl as the 2018 recipient of the national scientific achievement award for excellence in an established research career. In 2019, Dr. Puhl was the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Research Award in Public Scholarship at the University of Connecticut.

You can visit for multiple resources on weight stigma and more information about Dr. Puhl’s work.

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