Upcoming Front Porch Club Meeting

Mark your calendars!  The next Front Porch Club Meeting is February 21st at 4:30 pm.  Join us in person or connect by Zoom.  We hope to see you there!

Become a Member of the ReACH Center

Do you have an interest in the health of San Antonio and the South Texas region?  Become a member of the ReACH Cenrer!  Membership is free provides the opportunity to get involved with shaping the future of population health, clinical and translational research in South Texas!  For more information and to sign up click here!

ReACH Center Population Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

With funding from the UT System Collaborative on Population Health Innovation and Improvement and the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH), UT Health San Antonio is creating a new 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in population health. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received a doctoral degree and who are pursuing additional research and training in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research or any other field.  For more information click here.

Contact Us

7411 John Smith Road

Suite 1050

San Antonio, TX



Tel: 210-562-5551

Fax: 210-562-5560

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

7703 Floyd Curl Drive

MSC: 7792

San Antonio, TX 78229

Phone: (210) 450-8121



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.