COVID-19 Resources

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in our community, so does anxiety associated with the pandemic.  The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, the ReACH Center will be compiling a range of resources and information on our COVID-19 page

ReACH is Hiring!

The ReACH Center is hiring a Program Manager to oversee adminstrative activities supporting our recently funResources Information Support and Education (RISE) Rural Telementoring Training Center. To learn more about this position please visit our Job Opportunities page!

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of August 11th the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 63.4%. The self-response rate for Texas is 58.5%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 62.5%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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7411 John Smith Road

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San Antonio, TX



Tel: 210-562-5551

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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

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.