PhD, Public Health, Tulane University
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Catherine Taylor
Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University

Policy Mentor
Stacie Leblanc
Executive Director/Department Head, New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center/Audrey Hepburn CARE Center of Children's Hospital

Current Institutional Affiliation
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise
Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Implementation Science, Maternal Health, Prevention Science, Program Evaluation, Workforce Development, Youth Development, Regression Modeling, Structural Equation Models, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Adolescents and Young Adults, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, School-aged Children, Primary Prevention of Physical Maltreatment


As a behavioral scientist and social epidemiologist, the primary focus of Dr. Fleckman's work is to promote healthy child socio-emotional development and prevent child physical abuse. Dr. Fleckman’s experience has been focused in the field of child and adolescent development for the past 8 years through research and community-based programming. Specifically, her current emphasis is on the prevention of child exposure to violence, especially child abuse. Much of her work contributes to better understanding the role of parenting social support in reducing risk for child physical abuse. Additionally, she is the lead research associate on a current randomized controlled trial designed to test the efficacy of two brief parenting interventions on both parent and child outcomes relevant to child maltreatment prevention. Dr. Fleckman completed her undergraduate studies at Colgate University, earning a BA in political science and Spanish. She holds an MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston and a PhD in Public Health from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.