Kimberlyn Leary is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is the "Enabling Change" program director. Leary is also the executive director of the center of excellence in women’s mental health and of policy outreach at McLean Hospital. Previously, she was chief psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
For two years, Leary served as an advisor to the White House during the Obama Administration. As a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow, she helped launch the "Advancing Equity" initiative for the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls, which focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color. She was also an advisor to the Health Division at White House Office of Management and Budget.
Currently, she is a faculty affiliate at the Women and Public Policy Program and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, associate faculty at Ariadne Labs, and a fellow at New America’s International Security Program.
Leary is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Amherst College, the Austen Riggs Center, and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.