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Outstanding Alumni|College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Klesges -- 2008 Outstanding Alumnus

Master of Science 1978 Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy 1980 Psychology

     Robert Klesges is recognized as a leading authority in two areas of research—tobacco use and weight control. The late Professor Richard Pasewark once described Klesges as “an industrious, well-organized, productive student who engaged each task and challenge with cheerful optimism.”
     After receiving his Ph.D., Klesges became a faculty member at North Dakota State, where he taught for five years and began a productive scholarly career. From there, he taught and conducted research at the University of Memphis for more than 20 years. In 2004, Klesges joined the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine faculty where he also served as a consultant at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Currently, he is a faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
     His current research interests are cancer prevention and control in adults and children (especially those who are at high risk), health promotion in underserved populations (women and minorities), smoking cessation, and obesity treatment and weight gain prevention in children and adults.
     Klesges has received the American Psychological Association Outstanding Research Award and the Norwegian Marshall Fund Master Lecture Series award.

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