Faculty Profile

Rebecca  Hasson, PhD

Rebecca Hasson, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology

  • Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
  • Director, Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory
  • Member of the Momentum Center
  • 2110 Observatory Lodge
  • 1402 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Hasson is an Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology and an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Using a transdisciplinary research approach, Dr. Hasson integrates her previous training in exercise physiology, energy metabolism, pediatric endocrinology, health disparities, and social epidemiology to: (1) identify the causes and consequences of pediatric obesity; (2) examine the environmental determinants that contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in obesity-related metabolic risk factors; and (3) use that information to develop behavioral interventions and to inform health policies designed to reduce obesity in pediatric populations. Dr. Hasson received her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduating, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Southern California's Childhood Obesity Research Center and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco's Center on Social Disparities in Health as a W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar.

  • PhD, Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, 2009
  • MS, Exercise Science, Exercise Science, 2005
  • BS, Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 2001

  • M.C. Whitt-Glover, N.R. Keith, T.G. Ceaser, K. Virgil, L. Ledford, R.E. Hasson (2014). A systematic review of adult physical activity interventions outside the context of weight loss. Obesity Reviews 125-45.
  • T.C. Adam, S. Tsao, K.A. Page, H. Hu, R.E. Hasson, M.I. Goran, M. Singh. (). Insulin sensitivity plays a role for activation of brain reward circuits in overweight Hispanic girls: a pilot study. Pediatric Obesity.
  • R.E. Hasson, T.A. Adam, J.N. Davis, R.M. Watanabe, M.I. Goran (2013). Compensatory responses to insulin resistance in obese African-American and Latina girls. Pediatric Obesity e68-73.
  • • R.E. Hasson, T.A. Adam, J.A. Pearson, J.N. Davis, D. Spruijt-Metz, M.I. Goran (2013). Sociocultural and socioeconomic influences on type 2 diabetes risk in African-American and Latino youth. Journal of Obesity.
  • K.A. Lê, S. Mahurkar, T. Alderete, R.E. Hasson, T.A. Adam, J.S. Kim, E. Beale, A. Greenberg, H. Allayee, M.I. Goran (2011). Subcutaneous adipose tissue macrophage infiltration is associated with hepatic and visceral fat deposition, hyperinsulinemia and stimulation of NF-{kappa}-B stress pathway. Diabetes 2801-9.
  • R.E. Hasson, T.A. Adams, J.N. Davis, L.A. Kelly, E.E. Ventura, C.E. Byrd-Williams, C.M. Toledo-Corral, C.K. Roberts, C.J. Lane, S.P. Azen, C. Chou, D. Spruijt-Metz, M.J. Weigensberg, K. Berhane, M.I. Goran (2012). Randomized control trial to improve adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance in obese African American and Latino youth. Obesity (Silver Spring) 811-818.
  • T.A. Adam, R.E. Hasson, D. Spruijt-Metz, M.J. Weigensberg, J.N. Davis, M.I. Goran (). Fasting indicators of insulin sensitivity: effects of ethnicity and Tanner stage. Diabetes Care 994-9.
  • T.C. Adam, R.E. Hasson, E.E. Ventura, C. Toledo-Corral, C.J. Lane, M.J. Weigensberg, M.I. Goran (2010). Cortisol is negatively associated with beta-cell capacity and acute insulin response to glucose in Latino youth. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 4729-35.
  • R.E. Hasson, T. Adam, J.N. Davis, M.J. Weigensberg, E.E. Ventura, C.J. Lane, C.K. Roberts, M.I. Goran (2010). Ethnic differences in insulin action in African American and Latino adolescents. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 4048-51.