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Doctoral Student in the Areas of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity

School of Kinesiology


The School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan is seeking a highly motivated doctoral student to work on research related to physical activity, nutrition and obesity in pediatric populations. Dr. Rebecca Hasson, Director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory will be the primary research advisor. Dr. Hasson’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of obesity with a particular focus on ethnic minority youth. The student will work on projects related to: examining ethnic differences in obesity-related metabolic risk factors for chronic disease; identifying and examining social-contextual factors that contribute to ethnic disparities in disease risk; and developing novel behavioral intervention strategies aimed at reducing these risk factors in multi-ethnic pediatric populations. Applicants should have a master’s and bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, exercise science, nutrition, public health, psychology, sociology, or other health-related field. Previous research experience, publications, and a high GPA from previous academic work are highly desirable. Student will begin doctoral work in September 2025 and will be provided with full funding for tuition, a living stipend and health care (student/family) as a Graduate Student Instructor. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Students will need to gain admittance to the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology doctoral program.


For best consideration, candidates should contact Professor Hasson immediately as applications will be reviewed upon receipt. To be considered, please send (electronically in PDF format), a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information of three references to Professor Hasson ( Please include: “Ph.D. Position: Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity” in the subject line of your e-mail submissions.


For more information on applying to the School of Kinesiology, please contact Charlene Ruloff at Information about the Kinesiology Ph.D. program can be found at:, which includes a video describing the doctoral program. 



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