Laura Lessard, PhD, MPH is the Evaluation Director for Delaware INBRE and also Assistant Professor of Behavioral Health & Nutrition at the University of Delaware. She earned her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Tufts University and her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University. For over ten years, Dr. Lessard has been conducting evaluations of programs and policies in diverse areas including childhood obesity, health systems transformation and other public health domains. With DE INBRE, she is responsible for overseeing the internal evaluation, working with Core Directors and other stakeholders to gather information to help improve the quality and outcomes of the network. Dr. Lessard also conducts research to understand the implementation of policies designed to improve the food and physical activity environment in child care settings.