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Karen Schulz, RN MSN CBN – Integrated Health Executive Council President

Rebecca Puhl, PhD – Integrated Health Keynote Speaker

Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University
Addressing Obesity Stigma in Health Care: Challenges, Remedies, and Implications for Bariatric Care

Presenting as a part of the ASMBS Integrated Health Program

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 14 years and has published numerous studies on 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 emerged as the leading national expert in the field of weight bias, and her research is routinely reported on in national and international media.

Dr. Puhl has previously served on the Council of The Obesity Society, and on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition. In 2013, she was awarded the Excellence in Policy Research Award from the National Eating Disorders Coalition. More information on Dr. Puhl’s work is available at