Alyssa Lederer

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Tulane University

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About Alyssa

Lederer is a behavioral scientist and health education specialist. Lederer’s focuses on the design and evaluation of programs that aim to enhance the health of adolescents and emerging adults, particularly in school and collegiate settings. Much of her research has been on young people’s sexual health, physical activity, and nutrition, especially the intersection of health education and behavior change. Lederer also works to identify the most effective ways to prepare the future public health workforce. Lederer is a leader in the American College Health Association, including serving as the immediate past Chair of the Health Promotion Section.

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"Don’t Rely on Student Contracts to Safeguard Your Campus," Alyssa Lederer, Opinion, Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2020.
Alyssa Lederer's research on setting family rules discussed by "Who Says Your Kids Don’t Listen to You?," Science Daily, November 17, 2014.


"The Value of College Health Promotion: A Critical Population and Setting for Improving the Public’s Health" (with Sara Oswalt). American Journal of Health Education 48, no. 4 (2017): 215-218.

Invalidates widespread misperceptions about college health in order to demonstrate that college students are a vital priority population and institutions of higher education are a crucial setting for public health efforts.

"An Analysis of Conflicting Perspectives: The Impact of Exposing Young People to Graphic Images of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Sexuality Education," Doctoral Dissertation, 2016.

Examines the impact of exposing young people to graphic images of sexually transmitted infections in sexuality education. This common but understudied practice was found to have no positive educational impact.

"The Development and Evaluation of a Doctoral-Level Public Health Pedagogy Course for Graduate Student Instructors" (with Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin , Valerie O’Loughlin, and Katherine Kearns). College Teaching 64, no. 1 (2016): 19-27.

Demonstrates the importance of pedagogical training for graduate student instructors and future faculty and provides the first published description and evaluation of a public health pedagogy course, which can be used as a model for other institutions.

"The Impact of Family Rules on Children’s Eating Habits, Sedentary Behaviors, and Weight Status" (with Mindy Hightower King, Danielle Sovinski, and Nayoung Kim). Childhood Obesity 11, no. 4 (2015): 421-429.

Establishes that children who had rules about eating and screen time were more likely to have healthier corresponding behaviors. Children with rules varied based on demographic factors.