Sara Bleich is a Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor and director of the social sciences program at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
A leading expert on obesity prevention policy, Bleich focuses on the escalation of obesity and its related diseases. In 2015–2016, she served as a White House Fellow. Bleich’s research devotes particular attention to the drivers of obesity, disparities in patterns of obesity care, and environmental strategies to reduce caloric intake. Working at the crossroad 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.