Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH

Civic Science Fellow
Aspen Institute, Science and Society Program
NW #700, Washington, DC 20037, USA


Dr. Jylana L. Sheats is an applied behavior scientist and 2021-2023 Aspen Institute Science & Society Program Civic Science Fellow, where efforts focus on public trust in science; global science; and the intersection of science and social justice. Described by her peers as a “boundary-spanner,” she has designed a career that requires navigating across sectors as a scientist, practitioner, and education. In these capacities, she provides strategic and tactical guidance and leadership on the science and design of health behavior change solutions; equitable community/civic engagement; and STEM diversity.

Dr. Sheats has an active consultancy portfolio— working across behaviors and health outcomes, as she has deep experience in health disparities and chronic disease prevention and management. As such, she is in the second year of leading the administration of what is now a 27-state chronic kidney disease initiative as part of a $1.4M industry-nonprofit partnership. Other consultancy projects center on diversity in clinical trials; health plan/health system engagement; climate mental health education; stakeholder engagement; and inclusive science communication.

An international thought leader, Dr. Sheats has maintained faculty appointments at leading schools of public health, with her collaborative work being documented via book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and new media. Her ability to address key health, healthcare, and public health challenges has been recognized across sectors with, for example, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) ‘Building Innovative Research Careers in Women’s Health’ career development award, a NIH Obesity and Health Disparity Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) award, and multiple healthcare industry-related leadership awards. A graduate of Spelman College, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and Indiana University-Bloomington, Dr. Sheats completed her postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine at Stanford School of Medicine.

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