Lilian Perez

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public health, UC San Diego/San Diego State University; M.P.H. in public health, Emory University; B.A. in neuroscience, Wellesley College


Lilian Perez is a health equity researcher focused on the multilevel determinants (e.g., individual, psychosocial, environmental, and policy) of health and health behaviors among disadvantaged populations in the US and low- and middle-income countries. To understand and improve on these multilevel influences, Perez uses an inter-disciplinary approach to link her research in community interventions and epidemiology with disciplines outside her field, e.g., geography, healthcare, and policy. She is a Gates Scholar and has received research support from the NIH. Perez has experience working in multiple settings, including the community, academia, and government (i.e., NIH and CDC). Her work focuses on evaluating community health interventions, analyzing national and cohort studies, and applying dissemination and implementation science frameworks. She is also interested in evaluating policies that affect health equity (e.g., urban planning and housing), and novel methods to study neighborhood effects on health. Perez received her Ph.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and her BA in neuroscience from Wellesley College.

Previous Positions

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, National Cancer Institute

Recent Projects

  • Linking churches with parks to increase physical activity among Latinos - Diversity Supplement

Selected Publications

Perez, L.G.; Oh, A.; Dwyer, L.; Perna, F.; Berrigan, D. , "School contextual correlates of physical activity among a national adolescent sample," Preventive Medicine Reports, 14(100835), 2019

Perez, L.G.; Ruiz, J.; Berrigan, D. , "Neighborhood environment perceptions among Latinos in the US," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17), 2019

Hall, K.L.; Oh, A.; Perez, L.G.; Rice, E.; Patel, M.; Czajkowski, S.; Klesges, L. , "The ecology of multilevel intervention research," Translational Behavioral Medicine, 8(6), 2018

Moss, J.L.; Ehrenkranz, R.; Perez, L.G.; Hair, B.Y.; Julian, A.K. , "Geographic disparities in cancer screening and fatalism among a nationally-representative sample of US adults," Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 73(12), 2019

Perez, L.G.; Kerr, J.; Sallis, J.F.; Slymen, D.; McKenzie, T.L.; Elder, J.P.; Arredondo, E.M. , "Perceived neighborhood environmental factors that maximize the effectiveness of a multilevel intervention promoting physical activity among Latinas," American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(2), 2017

Sallis, J.F.; Bull, F.; Guthold, R.; Heath, G.W.; Inoue, S.; Kelly, P.; Oyeyemi, A.L.; Perez, L.G.; Richards, J.; Hallal, P.C. , "Progress in physical activity over the Olympic quadrennium," The Lancet, 388(10051), 2016

Pratt, M.; Sarmiento, O.L.; Montes, F.; Ogilvie, D.; Marcus, B.; Perez, L.G.; Brownson, R.C. , "The implications of megatrends in information and communication technology and transportation for changes in global physical activity," The Lancet, 380(9838), 2012

Perez, L.G.; Conway, T.L.; Bauman, A.; Kerr, J.; Elder, J.P.; Arredondo, E.M.; Sallis, J.F. , "Socio-demographic moderators of environment-physical activity associations: Results from the International Prevalence Study," Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(1), 2017