of Child Study and
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Evans Family Assistant Professor in Cognition and Learning
M.S., Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with specialty in Pediatric
Psychology, Texas A&M University
B.A. Psychology, City College of New York of the City University of
- Health literacy and preventive health in underserved
families and adolescents
- Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment
- Adolescent health risk behaviors
- Child and adolescent health promotion
- Reducing health disparities and increasing health equity
- Family adjustment to chronic illnesses
My research interests widely defined are promoting and increasing
preventive health and healthy lifestyle choices in health disparate
and underserved families as well as adolescents. My specialized
interests are in prevention and treatment of obesity, improving
cardiovascular health, improving health literacy, and promoting
proper diet/nutrition and physical activity in families and
adolescents. I am also interested in the prevention of adolescent
health risk behaviors and adolescents' decision making regarding
health risk behaviors.
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R.W., McKyer, E. L. J, & Taylor, A.
(2013). A parent-focused pilot intervention to increase parent
health literacy and healthy lifestyle choices for young children and
families. ISRN Family Medicine, 2013, 11 pages.
Fleary, S. A., Ettienne-Gittens, & R. Heffer, R. W. (2013)
Perceptions of preventive health care and healthy lifestyle choices
for low income families: A qualitative study. ISRN Preventive
Medicine, 2013, 6 pages. doi:10.5402/2013/189180
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R. W., & McKyer, E. L. J. (2013)
Understanding nonprescription and prescription drug misuse in late
adolescence/young adulthood. Journal of Addiction, 2013, 8
Fleary, S. A. & Heffer, R. W. (2013). Impact of growing up with a
chronically ill sibling on well siblings' late adolescent
functioning. ISRN Family Medicine, 2013, 8 pages.
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R. W., & McKyer, E. L. J. (2011).
Dispositional, ecological and demographic influences on adolescent
tranquilizer, Ritalin, and narcotics misuse. Journal of
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R. W., McKyer, E. L. J. & Newman, D. (2010).
Using the Bioecological Model to predict risk perception of
marijuana use and reported marijuana use in adolescence.
Addictive Behaviors, 35, 795-798.