Sara Bleich

White House Fellow at United States Department of Agriculture

“My research uses rigorous empirical methods to build evidence to support policy alternatives for obesity prevention and control, particularly among disadvantaged populations. Because no singular approach can fully address the complex problem of obesity, my research portfolio is composed of three complementary streams of inquiry: 1) pathways for change in major drivers of calorie intake, 2) health provider opportunities to improve obesity care, and 3) novel environmental strategies for obesity prevention. A signature theme throughout my work is an interest in asking simple, meaningful questions about the complex problem of obesity which can fill important gaps in the literature.”

Bleich studies the escalation of obesity and its related diseases, devoting special attention to the drivers of obesity, disparities in patterns of obesity care, and environmental strategies to reduce caloric intake. Working at the crossroads of science and public policy, she also examines the assessment, global trends, consequences, and prevention of adult and childhood obesity.

Bleich earned her BA from Columbia University and her PhD from Harvard University. She taught at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2016. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, she worked as a research associate at the RAND Corporation and The Measurement Group. She has received numerous competitive awards from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.