OPT for Health Faculty
Jessica LaRose, PhD
Director, OPT for health
Associate Professor, VCU School of Medicine Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Dr. LaRose is a tenured associate professor of Health Behavior and Policy in the VCU School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist with specialized training in behavioral medicine in both pediatric and adult populations. She is also a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Dr. LaRose has fifteen years of experience developing and implementing lifestyle interventions for the management of obesity and other chronic diseases, with a particular emphasis on the transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Her program of research focuses on understanding the interplay of behavioral, psychological and contextual determinants of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, and developing novel lifestyle intervention approaches to improve physical and psychological health.