May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States.  During May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encourage priority populations to get tested.  For more information about current ReACH Center hepatitis C screening and preventions projects please visit

ReACH Assistant/ Associate/Professor Opening

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ReACH Scholar, Dr. Carlos Jaén named to the board of National Library of Medicine

ReACH Scholar Carlos Jaén, MD, PhD, professor and chair of family and community medicine in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, has been appointed to the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jaén’s special interests include improving preventive care for individuals of all ages, preventing complications from chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.



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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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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.