Sasha Fleary

Dr. Fleary is an Associate Professor and founder/director of the Child Health Equity Research Lab in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at CUNY SPH. Dr. Fleary received her B.A. in Psychology from The City College of New York (CUNY) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University. 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 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. She is currently conducting a needs assessment to determine what is required for libraries to be more involved in health programming and intervention dissemination with the goal of working with librarians to develop and adapt interventions to be used as part of their health programming. 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.


Research Interests

Chronic disease prevention, Child and adolescent health promotion, Reducing health disparities and increasing health equity, Health literacy and preventive health in underserved families and adolescents, Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment, Adolescent healthy lifestyle behaviors (i.e., healthy eating, physical activity, substance use), Mental health literacy and access/use of services to promote mental health and well-being in in underserved families, Family adjustment to chronic illnesses
Associate Professor Sasha A. Fleary