Awards and Recognition
The Newcomb Fellows Program is a voluntary collegial association of faculty drawn from all undergraduate colleges of Tulane University. Newcomb Fellows support women’s leadership and gender equity, and participate in activities of the Newcomb Institute that foster faculty-student interaction and research.
Since 1994, an accomplished member of the Tulane faculty has been named Distinguished Newcomb Fellow. Newcomb Institute is proud to carry on this tradition, annually recognizing one Fellow who is judged to have made an extraordinary contribution to the Newcomb community.
We are honored to recognize Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Health Education and Communication MPH Program, as this year’s Distinguished Newcomb Fellow.
Dr. Alyssa Lederer’s research focuses on improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health through the design and evaluation of health promotion interventions, and using multi-method approaches to examine the intersection between health education and behavior change. Dr. Lederer teaches courses in public health program design and public health pedagogy. She thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and engaging them in her research.
Dr. Lederer brings a wealth of expertise about health education and intervention, particularly as it pertains to sexual health, to her mentorship of undergraduates engaged with Newcomb Institute. Over the last five years, Dr. Lederer has supervised seven research assistants participating in our Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health internship program. These students have excelled under her tutelage, learning valuable research skills, co-authoring papers, and winning awards through their work on her research projects. Students consistently name their internship with her as the most important experience of their undergraduate career.
In addition, Dr. Lederer has collaborated with Professor Katie Johnson to conduct an evaluation of the impact of taking a Gender & Sexuality Studies course on students’ attitudes, beliefs, and willingness to engage in issues around sexual assault. Their findings give us concrete evidence to support our efforts to change the sexual behavior scripts at Tulane. Although she is just beginning her academic career, Dr. Lederer’s exceptional service significantly advances Newcomb Institute’s mission to educate students to achieve gender equity.