Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist, Annenberg School for Communication

Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH, is a senior research scientist with a teaching appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research investigates the intersection of youth, media, and health, particularly how media affect various health risk behaviors and cognitions. Additionally, she also conducts research using behavioral theory to develop and test health oriented media communications. Dr. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, content analysis, and structural equation modeling. She is currently investigating the behavioral effects of adolescents’ exposure to combinations of risky behavior (sex, violence, drinking) in entertainment media popular among youth, with an emphasis on Black-oriented media. Dr. Bleakley is also involved on two projects focused on creating and testing culturally sensitive and theory based media communications to promote sun protection behaviors for indoor and outdoor tanning, and health care seeking around cognitive health for aging parents. Dr. Bleakley’s research has been funded by NICHD, CDC, and RWJF, and she has published in numerous journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (now JAMA Pediatrics), Media Psychology, Journal of Health Communication, Health Education & Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Preventive Medicine and the Journal of Adolescent Health. She received her MPH and PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

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