ReACH/IIMS Announce 2019-2020 Population Health Pilot Grants Program

The ReACH Center, in conjunction with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) have announced the 2019-2020 ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grants Program.  Applications are due January 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm.  To learn more about this RFA please visit our ReACH/IIMS Popultion Health Pilot Grants page! 

ReACH is Seeking a Research Area Specialist!

The ReACH Center is recruiting for a Research Area Specialist-Associate position.  For more information about this opening, please visit our Staff Opportunites page.  

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Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD

Lisa Kilpela, PhD

Lisa Kilpela, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

UT Health San Antonio


UT Health San Antonio

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Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Kilpela is also a licensed clinical psychologist, and she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Emory University. She completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral research fellowship at Trinity University on a multi-site R01 investigating eating disorders prevention in athletes. Dr. Kilpela’s research focuses on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of eating and weight disorders. Her previous research includes investigation into the base rates and negative health consequences of dysregulated eating behaviors and body dissatisfaction in women across the lifespan. Dr. Kilpela is particularly interested in the evaluation and treatment of dysregulated eating and weight control behaviors in older populations, as well as negative health and wellness outcomes associated with these behaviors. Additionally, she has spent over ten years collaborating with Dr. Carolyn Black Becker (Trinity University) in the national dissemination and implementation of eating disorder prevention programs on college campuses. These efforts utilized numerous strategies relevant to dissemination and implementation science, including community participatory research methodology, task-shifting/sharing, and the train-the-trainers model. In a recent proof of concept paper, Kilpela and Becker established that delivery and training of an evidence-based body image intervention could be task-shifted to lay-providers. Of note, this research was conducted without grant support and showed that the program could be implemented sustainably within a community setting.  

Research Interests: 

Intervention Outcome Research - Particular interest in treatment-refractory populations, identification of moderating variables, mechanisms of change and treatment augmentation strategies

Intervention effectiveness- Effectiveness and dissemination research with specific interest in dissemination of evidence-based practices, program evaluation and mindfulness-based interventions.

Transdiagnostic Interventions - Development and testing targeting underlying characteristics common across psychopathology (e.g. emotion dysregulation) and associated biological and psychological correlates and mechanisms.