Ruth Rechis, PhD

Scientific Outreach & Nonprofit Panel

Job Title: Director, Be Well Communities™

Current Employer: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin (2006)

  • BA in Geography, The University of Texas at Austin (1999)


Ruth Rechis, PhD, serves on the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to shape and stage new and emerging cancer prevention and early detection projects aimed at population level impact. Dr Rechis is the Director of Be Well Communities™ which aim to mobilize communities to promote wellness and stop cancer before it starts. Be Well Communities unites individuals, schools, workplaces, government agencies, health care providers, and policy-makers to carry out community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting change in people’s lives. Dr Rechis holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and has authored numerous publications and reports and spoken to scientific and lay audiences on topics such as community engagement, program evaluation, and cancer control. Prior to coming to MD Anderson, Dr. Rechis was the Vice President of the Mission and Strategy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. During her more than ten year tenure, Dr. Rechis worked on all mission-related initiatives of the Foundation including establishing and leading the Office of Evaluation and Research as well as building and enhancing high-value programs aimed at raising awareness, increasing knowledge, shaping attitudes and changing behaviors.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  1. Being an active listener

  2. Meeting people where they are

  3. Applying best practices in education and public and health

What I love most about my job:

I made a commitment when my daughter was born, 14 years ago, to only do work that meaningfully impacts the world. I love that my job allows me to be in the community and see the impact of implementing evidence-based practices that have a direct impact on people’s lives.

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Twitter Handle: @rrechis


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