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Sara Gorman, Ph.D.

Sara joined JED from Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, where she was responsible for a large community-based mental health effort in sub-Saharan Africa. As a public health specialist and author, she has also written extensively about mental health, global health, and the intersection of public health and psychology, among other topics. Sara’s book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, published by Oxford University Press in 2016, explores the psychology behind irrational health beliefs and decisions. Sara’s work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, BBC, NPR, and Quartz. Sara holds a PhD from Harvard and an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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