Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Lederer is a behavioral scientist and health education specialist. Lederer’s interests focus 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.