Sasha Fleary, PhD

Associate Professor

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PhD, Clinical Psychology
Texas A&M University

MS, Psychology
Texas A&M University

BA, Psychology
CUNY City College of New York

Dr. Fleary is an Associate Professor and 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 is a Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts) with specialized training in pediatric psychology and child and adolescent psychology. 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’s research has included 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 Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Adolescence, American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Appetite.