Dr. Debbie Rhea

Project Creator & Director

Dr. Debbie Rhea is a full professor in Kinesiology and Associate Dean of Research and Health Sciences in HCNHS at Texas Christian University. She prepares K-12 physical education teachers and is fully invested in her newest research called LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids) which examines whole child development through the addition of unstructured, outdoor play breaks and character development in the schools daily. Rhea has received national media attention as a result of LiiNK from many different news outlets such as The Today Show, the Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. She has published in numerous journals and presented professionally on many different topics related to living a healthy and productive life. Rhea has received the Healthcare Hero award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press for her research to create intrinsically motivated active, healthy children. A native of Dallas, Rhea graduated from Dallas Public Schools, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Houston. Go to www.liinkproject.tcu.edu for more information.