Director, Health Enhancement Planning, The University of Alabama
Rebecca K. Kelly, Ph.D., RD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Health Enhancement Planning for The University of Alabama, serving as an educator, administrator, leader, and consultant on building and sustaining healthy workforces. Rebecca has over 20 years of hands-on experience in health and wellness program strategy, communication campaigns, innovative program development, and program evaluation. In addition, she has developed over 25 signature health and wellness programs that have reached over 40,000 individuals. Rebecca has introduced programs that have successfully reduced health care costs, improved productivity, and resulted in a positive return on investment. Previously, Rebecca served as the first director of Health Promotion and Wellness and assistant professor for The University of Alabama, is a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist, and has served as a certified diabetes educator for ten years. Prior to joining The University of Alabama, she led a nationally recognized health and wellness program for American Cast Iron Pipe Company, a recipient of the 2014 C. Everett Koop Award. Rebecca received the first-ever Heart of HERO Award, recognizing an individual who is directly involved in the day-to-day operations of employee health and its direct impact on program outcomes. Rebecca completed her Ph.D. and MAE at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her dietetic internship at Indiana University Medical Center and received a BS in nutrition and food science graduating with highest honors from Auburn University.