Staff: Lilian Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Lilian Perez

Lilian Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Current Fellow

Cancer Prevention Fellow
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Lilian Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Behaviors Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program. Dr. Perez's research focuses on the multilevel influences of physical activity, cancer screening, and Latino health. She is also interested in the role of understudied environmental factors such as rurality and gentrification on health disparities in the U.S.

Prior to joining the Cancer Prevention Fellowship, Dr. Perez earned a Ph.D. (global health track) from the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Her dissertation used data from U.S. and international contexts to assess interactions among individual, psychosocial, and environmental factors in relation to physical activity. She also examined perceived environmental moderators of a multilevel physical activity intervention targeting Latina women in San Diego. She has a master's degree in public health (global health track and public nutrition concentration) from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Wellesley College. She was an Association of Schools of Public Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between her master's and doctoral training.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include David Berrigan.

Research Areas

  • Built environment
  • Physical activity
  • Cancer and obesity prevention
  • Global health
  • Immigrant health
  • Health disparities
  • Ecological models of health behaviors