Director, Cancer and Aging Research, American Cancer Society
Dr. Leach is involved with various components of the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center. Dr. Leach is currently working on a multi-phase, mixed-method national project to identify and prioritize gaps in information and resources for cancer survivors as they transition from active treatment back to the community care setting. Her cancer and aging research focuses on utilizing mixed methods, namely quantitative and qualitative methods. Specifically, she aims to understand cancer screening in later life, the experience of older cancer survivors (including physical late effects, psychosocial issues, and health behaviors), the role of multiple chronic conditions in survivorship, and the experience of the families of cancer survivors. She also has interests in community-based participatory research, tailored interventions, and working with underserved populations.
She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College, a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University followed by a Doctoral degree in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. She was a Cancer Prevention Fellow from 2008 to 2011 at the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD), working in the Office of Cancer Survivorship. During the first year of her postdoctoral training she completed a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Leach is an active member of the Gerontological Society of America (co-chair of the Cancer and Aging Interest Group), the American Public Health Association, and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.