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Corinne Leach, PhD, MPH, MS
Director of Cancer and Aging Research
Behavioral Research Center

Corinne Leach

Dr. Corinne Leach joined the American Cancer Society’s Behavioral Research Center in April of 2011. Dr. Leach conducts original behavioral research in the area of cancer and aging and 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.

 Dr. Leach 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 (Cancer and Aging Interest Group), the American Public Health Association (Aging and Public Health section), and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.
Email: corinne.leach@cancer.org
Selected Publications

Leach CR, Klabunde CN, Alfano CM, Lee Smith, J, & Rowland JH (in press). Physician over-recommendation of mammography for terminally ill women. Cancer.

Leach CR, Schoenberg NE & Hatcher J (2011). Factors associated with participation in cancer prevention and control studies among rural Appalachian women. Family and Community Health, 32(2), 119-125..

Schoenberg NE, Leach CR & Edwards W (2009). “It’s a toss up between my hearing, my heart, and my hip”: Prioritizing and accommodating multiple morbidities among older adults. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20(1), 134-151.

Leach CR & Schoenberg NE (2008). Striving for control: Cognitive, self-care, and faith strategies employed by vulnerable Black and White older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 23(4), 377-399.

Leach CR & Schoenberg NE (2007). The “vicious cycle” of inadequate early detection: A complementary study on barriers to cervical cancer screening among middle aged and older women. Preventing Chronic Disease, 4(4).