Dr. Fleary’s mixed methods research focuses on empowering parents, adolescents, and children to engage in healthful behaviors through developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions, programming, and outreach responsive to the risk and protective factors for health disparities in underserved groups.Currently, Dr. Fleary's research is focused on health literacy and preventive health. She is particularly interested in the role of multiple facets of health literacy in chronic disease prevention and community organization around health. She is a past NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar and her research is currently funded by an NIH NIDDK R21 grant. An emerging area of research for Dr. Fleary is mental health literacy and mental well-being in families. Recently, Dr. Fleary also started exploring community institutions as non-traditional but vital health spaces, she is particularly interested in how public libraries can be re-imagined for health promotion for underserved families. Dr. Fleary is the co-founder/co-chair of the Child and Family Health Literacy Special Interest Group of the International Health Literacy Association. Her scholarship has been published in in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Appetite.
Graduate Certificate in Education & Social Sciences Advanced Research Methods in Research Methods from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
MS in Psychology from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
BA in Psychology from CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY
Chronic disease prevention, child and adolescent health promotion, health equity, health literacy, pediatric obesity prevention and treatment, mental health literacy and access/use of services