W. Jack Rejeski received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and is a Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Health and Exercise Science who holds adjunct appointments in both the Departments of Psychology and Public Health Sciences. He has been actively involved as a behavioral scientist in research on lifestyle behavior change and health-related quality of life for the past 20 years and has over 100 refereed publications. His recent interest is in applying mindfulness-based interventions to the field of Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Rejeski has been an NIH investigator on more than 10 randomized clinical trials. His most recent activities include his role as the senior behavioral scientist on Look AHEAD, a multi-center RCT sponsored by NIDDK that is examining the role of an obesity/physical activity intervention on cardiovascular events in obese, type-2 diabetics. He is also the PI on a community based project funded by NHLBI that is examining the effects of weight loss and physical activity on mobility disability of older adults who are at risk for CVD and live in rural communities, and is the senior behavioral scientist at the coordinating center for a multi-center trial funded by NIA on physical activity and disability in at-risk, older adults.
Dr. Rejeski has served as a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the International Life Sciences Institute, the National Institute on Aging, and the International Longevity Center.