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Ruth Rechis, PhD, is the Director of Healthy Communities at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Rechis serves on the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform team to shape and stage new and emerging cancer prevention and early detection projects aimed at population level impact.  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.

 Dr. Rechis has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, has authored over 30 publications and reports and has spoken to numerous scientific and lay audiences on topics such as cancer survivorship, cancer patient and survivors ‘perceptions as well as on her own experience as a 22 year cancer survivor.