Klesges is Founding Dean of the School of Public Health and a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Memphis. Previously, she held faculty appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Department of Preventive Medicine where she received an Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and an elected member of the American College of Epidemiology. Klesges received her Ph.D. in behavioral epidemiology from University of Minnesota and her research interests have included childhood obesity prevention, epidemiology of tobacco use, and translational research methods. She has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on over 50 funded projects supported by NIH, national foundations, and local agencies, resulting in over 100 publications. She is former President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and has served as a Board Member and past associate editor for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. She has also served on advisory panels at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Internationally, she has provided expertise to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands.