Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH

ableakley@asc.upenn.edu

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. She teaches courses on research methods and on adolescent development and media use.  Her research investigates the intersection of youth, media, and health. She currently studies how exposure to risk behavior in media content and media use in general influence youth health and risk behaviors. With expertise in psychosocial behavior change theories, she also conducts research using theory to develop and test health oriented media communications, most recently around reducing sugary drink consumption,  promoting sun protection behaviors, preventing indoor tanning, and health care seeking around cognitive health for aging parents.  Dr. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, content analysis, and structural equation modeling. Her research has been funded by NIH, CDC, and RWJF, and she has published in numerous journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. She received her MPH and PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

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