Rebekka Lee is a Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HPRC), where she conducts evaluation research with partners at the Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and YMCA. The mission of the HPRC is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to translate and disseminate this work at community, state and national levels to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.
On the CHOICES Project, Dr. Lee oversees data collection from state and local health department practitioners on their experiences implementing their cost-effectiveness learnings.
Dr. Lee’s research focuses on designing and evaluating interventions that translate into real world policy and environmental change, focusing in particular on investigating the contextual factors that impact effective implementation and promote health equity. She also serves as Director of the Community Engagement Program at Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. She was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer, honed her knowledge of the dissemination and implementation field as the first author of a chapter in the text: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, and now serves as faculty on several national training programs including Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer and the Mixed Methods Research Training Program for Health Sciences.
Dr. Lee completed her Master and Doctoral degrees in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she now teaches courses in program planning, evaluation, and implementation science.