Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH is a public health and mental health expert and author based in New York. She is currently Director of High School Programming at The Jed Foundation (JED), an emotional health and suicide prevention organization focusing on adolescents and young adults. Her primary focus at JED is a new program called Set to Go, a national program that works to emotionally prepare high school students for the transition to college. She has written extensively about psychology, behavioral science, mental health, and global health, among other topics. Her work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Daily Kos, and NPR, among others.
Sara’s book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2016. The book examines the psychology of healthcare decision making and theorizes about public perception of risk. It includes tips for the general public about how to discriminate between valid and invalid science and pointers for public health professionals and doctors on how to communicate with people who don’t believe what science has taught us about health. A Chinese translation of the book will be released in June 2018.
Sara is also co-founder of Critica, a community committed to making rational decisions about health and security. Critica’s mission is to develop and test new methods of advancing public acceptance of scientific evidence and promoting informed health decision-making.
Sara earned an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. She also holds a Masters in English literature from Oxford University. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.