Amy Bleakley, PhD

CPHI Associate Fellow

Title: Research Scientist - Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Public Health Interests:

media, adolescent health, sexual behavior, sex education, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Amy Bleakley is a research scientist in the Health Communication Group of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She studies adolescent sexual behavior, sexual and reproductive health policies, health behavior theory, and contextual influences on health behavior. Her current research focuses on investigating the effects of sexual content in the media on adolescent sexual development. Prior research endeavors include managing a grant designed to increase health seeking behavior within communities at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases and a grant aimed at understanding coping and adjustment to HIV infection among adolescents. Dr. Bleakley received her MPH and PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

Select Publications:

Bleakley A, Hennessy M, Fishbein M, Jordan A. How sexual information sources relate to adolescents’ beliefs about sex. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2009; 33(1): 37-48.

Bleakley A, Hennessy M, Fishbein M. Jordan A. It works both ways: The relationship between sexual content in the media and adolescent sexual behavior. Media Psychology, 2008; 11(4): 443-461.

Bleakley A., Fishbein M., & Holtgrave D.  An assessment of the relationship between condom labels and HIV-related beliefs and intentions. AIDS and Behavior 2008; 12(3): 452-458.

Bleakley A, Hennessy M, Fishbein M. Public opinion on sex education in American schools. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2006; 160:1151-1156.