Dr. Valerie George received her B.S. in food science from the University of Minnesota. She obtained her M.A. in educational psychology and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. She completed her post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Miami. Her research has been primarily in the area of obesity and physical activity. Her expertise has been used to design and conduct studies to understand the impact of environmental, psychological and metabolic variables on energy balance. She has numerous publications and has mentored over 50 graduate students. Dr. George also has expertise in the area of intercultural communication. Most recently, she has expanded her interests to further research academic integrity in higher education.