National Cancer Institute
Lilian G. Perez

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

Current Fellow
Cancer Prevention Fellow
Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Research Area: Built environment; Physical activity; Cancer and obesity prevention; Global health; Immigrant health; Health disparities; Ecological models of health behaviors

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 neighborhood environment, obesity-related health behaviors, and cancer health disparities.

Dr. Perez is interested in better understanding the mechanisms by which the environment influences cancer and related health behaviors. 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. in public health from the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Her dissertation tested interactions among individual, psychosocial, and environmental factors in relation to physical activity among adolescents and adults in the U.S. and internationally. She also has a master's degree in public health 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.

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