Amy Bleakley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer

Amy Bleakley's research investigates the intersection of youth, media, and health, particularly how media affect various health risk behaviors and cognitions. Additionally, she conducts research using behavioral theory to develop and test health oriented media communications. Specific content areas of interest within mostly adolescent populations include sexual behavior, tobacco use, STD/HIV prevention, and obesity-related behaviors, as well as youth media use and exposure to specific media content. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, structural equation modeling, and theory testing. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine), Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Media Psychology. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

Bleakley is affiliated with the following Penn centers:

Associate Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)

Adjunct Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Senior Fellow, Center for Heath Behavior Research, CCEB, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute (LDI)

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Amy Bleakley is a senior research scientist and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Bleakley's Network

  • Health Communication
  • Media and Communication Effects