Meet The Team

Dr. Rebecca Lee

Dr. Rebecca Lee

Dr. Rebecca Lee is on the faculty of the Department of Health and Human Performance and serves as the Director of the Obesity Research Center at the University of Houston. As a community psychologist, Dr. Lee investigates the role that the neighborhood environment promotes or hinders physical activity and healthy eating in populations of color. Dr. Lee has over $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and Walmart to investigate these relationships in neighborhoods in Houston and Austin, TX, and has published numerous scientific manuscripts in scholarly journals. Dr. Lee is a charter member of the Community Level Health Promotion Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health, and she has been recognized as a National Disparities Scholar by the National Institutes of Health since 2002. Dr. Lee recently received the Award for Research Excellence in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Lee has served on the Houston Mayor’s Wellness Council since its inception, and she has served as Chair of the Policy Committee since 2006.

Scher Mama

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Scher Mama is the UNDO research laboratory manager. She joined the UNDO team in January of 2006 and oversees all UNDO projects and day-to-day activities. She is also the Project Director of the Health Is Power study. Scher earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Houston and a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Community Health Practice at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she is also currently completing her Doctorate in Public Health.  Scher’s research interests focus on individual and psychosocial determinants of physical activity, dietary habits and obesity in women of color, and she enjoys running, swimming and cycling in her spare time.

Heather Adamus

UNDOWebPic_HeatherHeather Adamus is a doctoral student and teaching fellow who joined the UNDO research team in September of 2009.  Heather is completing her PhD at the University of Houston in Human Health and Performance with an emphasis in obesity studies.  Heather earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Heather’s research interests focus on psychosocial and environmental determinants of physical activity and obesity, and for fun she enjoys playing soccer, running, lifting weights, shopping and watching hockey.

Kyle Cheung

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Kyle is a graduate student currently pursuing a M.S. in Exercise Science. He is a recent graduate of Baylor University with a B.S. in Health Science Studies. A new member to the UNDO team, his research interests are in exercise and how it can be used to promote a healthy lifestyle. His other interests includes participating in various athletic activities and working with youths.

Ygnacio Lopez

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Ygnacio Lopez is a Teaching Fellow and joined the UNDO team in January of 2009. Ygnacio earned his Bachelors of Science in Education in Health Science Studies from Baylor University and his Masters in Kinesiology at Midwestern State University. Currently, Ygnacio is completing his Doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Houston. His research interests include body composition assessment in minority populations and the effects of environmental conditions on the body during exercise. In his spare time, Ygnacio loves to play basketball, cook / grill, and sing karaoke.

Fiorella Saavedra 

UNDOWebPic_FiorellaFiorella Saavedra is a research assistant for the UNDO research team. She will complete her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology. She plans to attend medical school after receiving her B.S. to become a Doctor of Medicine. In her spare time, Fiorella enjoys watching good movies, reading, and swimming.

Kellie Simon

UNDOWebPic_Kellie2Kellie Simon is a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Nutritional Science and is a new member to the UNDO team. Kellie is the Project Director of the Science & Community project. She earned a B.A. in Kinesiology from Rice University, and her research interests include psychosocial determinants of physical activity and dietary habits in women of color. In her spare time, Kellie enjoys dancing.

Erica Soltero

UNDOWebPic_EricaErica Soltero is a graduate student pursuing her doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Houston after earning a B.A. in Kinesiology from Rice University. As a new member to the UNDO research team, her research interests include environmental and pyschosocial mediators of physical activity in minority women. In her spare time, Erica enjoys street art, music, sporting events, and reading.

Chris Sunseri

sunseri-4 Chris is a graduate student at UH in the M.S. in Nutritional Science and a new member to the UNDO team. Chris Sunseri is a recent graduate from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods.  Chris is a certified personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and works at River Oaks Gym. Chris’s research interest include food policy and sport nutrition. In his spare time, Chris likes to weight train, run Allen Parkway, and swim in the UH recreation center.