Rebecca Hasson, PhD

Rebecca Hasson, Ph.D.
Peer Mentor since 2010
Faculty Mentor since 2012


Faculty Mentor

Rebecca Hasson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on identifying the causes and consequences of pediatric obesity in multiethnic populations and more specifically examining the social and behavioral determinants that contribute to ethnic differences in obesity-related disease risk. Using a transdisciplinary research approach, Dr. Hasson integrates her previous training in exercise physiology, energy metabolism, pediatric endocrinology, health disparities, and social epidemiology to: (1) quantify ethnic differences in obesity-related disease risk; (2) identify social-contextual factors that contribute to these ethnic differences; and (3) develop novel intervention strategies in an effort to eliminate these differences and improve metabolic health outcomes in multiethnic pediatric populations.
Dr. Hasson received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduating, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Southern California’s Childhood Obesity Research Center and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco’s Center on Social Disparities in Health as a W.H. Kellogg Health Scholar. Throughout her academic career, Rebecca has been extensively involved with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Public Health Association affiliate organizations. She serves on ACSM’s Exercise is MedicineÔ Committee on Underserved Populations and Strategic Health Initiative on Health Equity.  She is also currently serving as President of the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues, and works with fellow researchers and policy makers on the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology. In addition, Rebecca is the Health and Wellness Advisor for City Scholars Foundation®, a community-based organization in Los Angeles, California.




Mentor's Motivational Message

 (Video Date: August 2010)


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Public Health

 University of Michigan
 1402 Washington Heights
 2110 Observatory Lodge
 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013

Phone:  734.763.8671
Fax:  734.647.2808
Email:  hassonr@umich.edu
FASEB Society Member:  ACSM
Scientific Discipline:  Kinesiology
















Breaking the Ice - Rebecca's "Q&A"

 What is your dream job?

 Director of the National Institutes of Health

 What is your favorite sport, and which team of that sport do you cheer for?

 My favorite sport is baseball; I am a die-hard Red Sox fan.

 If you had a "theme song" that played whenever you walked into a room full of people, what would it be?

 "Say It Loud..." by James Brown

 Is the glass half empty of half full?  What is in the glass?

 The glass is half full of Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider.

 What punctuation best describes your personality?  Why?

 An exclamation point because I bring excitement to everything I do! 

 What is your favorite weird food combination?

 Vanilla ice cream and McDonald's French Fries!

 If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?


 What was your nickname growing up and now?

 Becky Sue ... I don't know why (my middle name is not Susan, its Elizabeth) but somehow it stuck.

 What person has influenced your life the most?  Why?

 My paternal grandfather, Roger Holden.  He taught us the value of education and challenged me to learn something new every day.

 When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Why?

  I wanted to be an astronaut!  I loved learning about outer space as well as our solar system, and wanted the opportunity to experience walking in the absence of gravity.