Director: Rita DeBate, PhD, MPH, FAED
Dr. Rita DeBate is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health and the Director the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women's Health (CTR-WH). Her research interests include adolescent and women's health including positive youth development and eating disorder prevention.
Dr. DeBate is the Principal Investigator on a number of NIH funded research studies pertaining to secondary prevention of eating disorders via connecting oral health providers, nutritionists, and mental health providers. She is also the national evaluator of Girls on the Run, a positive youth development through sport program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Dr. DeBate serves as a Co-Investigator on an evaluation of the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a positive youth development program for 9th grade students to prevent unwanted pregnancies. She was recently elected President of the American Academy of Health Behavior and is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. In the CTR-WH, Dr. Debate draws upon her theory and evidence-based research to contribute to the transdisciplinary and team science approach.