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Leslie R. Carnahan, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor

Research Scientist, Cancer Center Community Engagement and Health Equity Office; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Research on Women and Gender

Community Health Sciences

Pronouns: She/They

Contact

Building & Room:

SPHPI, Rm. 658

Address:

1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1137

UI Cancer Center

Building & Room:

SCW, Rm. 527

Address:

818 S. Wolcott Ave.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-7931

About

My research interest are focused broadly on health disparity populations. Specifically, my work is focused on understanding how the quality, structures, and types of social factors (community-level, network, and interpersonal) contribute to differences in survival and quality of life outcomes among cancer survivors and caregiver. I am also engaged in a number of state-wide evaluations for cancer prevention and health promotion programs in Illinois.

Selected Publications

Carnahan LR, Abdelrahim R, Ferrans CE, Rizzo GR, Molina Y, Handler A. (2021). Rural cancer disparities: Understanding implications for breast and cervical cancer diagnoses. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 25(5):10-16.

Olagoke A, Carnahan LR, Olagoke O, Molina Y. (2021). Shared determinants for human papillomavirus and COVID- 19 vaccination intention: An opportunity for resource consolidation. American Journal of Health Promotion. Advance online publication.

Carnahan LC, Rauscher GH, Watson KS, Altfeld S, Zimmermann K, Ferrans CE, Molina Y. (2020). Comparing the roles of social context, networks, and perceived social functioning with health-related quality of life among rural female cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05497-8

Brewer KC, Peacock NR, Ferrans CE, Campbell RT, Polite B, Carnahan LR, Rauscher GH. (2020). Gender- and race-based differences in barriers and facilitators to early detection of colon cancer. Journal of Women’s Health. Advance online publication. doi: org.proxy.cc.uic.edu/10.1089/jwh.2019.8163

Lewis-Thames MW, Carnahan LR, James AS, Watson, KS, Molina Y. (2020). Understanding post-treatment patient-provider communication and follow-up care among self-identified rural cancer survivors in Illinois. Journal of Rural Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12414

Hallgren E, Hastert TA, Carnahan LR, Eberth JM, Mama S, Watson K, Molina Y. (2020). Cancer-related debt and mental health-related quality of life among rural cancer survivors: Do social networks moderate the relationship? Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 61(1), 113-130.

Carnahan L, Jones L, Brewer K, Watts E, Peterson C, Ferrans C, Cipriano T, Polite B, Maker A, Chowdhery R, Molina Y, Rauscher G. (2019). Race and gender differences in awareness of colorectal cancer screening tests and guidelines among recently diagnosed colon cancer patients in an urban setting.  Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1007/s13187-019-01666-4

Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Khare M, Chakraborty A, Risser H, Molina Y, Geller S. (2019). Effectiveness of a faith-placed cardiovascular health promotion intervention for rural adults. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 12(6), 95-111.

Carnahan LR, Zimmermann K, Khare, MM, Paulsey E, Molina Y, Wilbur J, Geller SE. (2018).  Physical activity and masculinity in rural men: A qualitative study of men recruited from churches. Health Education Research, 33(2), 145-154

Molina Y, Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Paulsey E, Bigman CA, Khare MM, Zahnd W, & Jenkins W. (2018). Rural women’s perceptions about cancer disparities and contributing factors: A call to communication. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(4), 749-756

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences

M.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences

B.G.S., Northern Illinois University, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • Illinois Rural Health Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Cancer Disparities Research Network, GMaP Region 4
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology

Selected Presentations

Carnahan L, González J, Abasilim C, Mersha T, Williams B, McKinnor T, Rinder M, Goudy M,    Martinez. Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated with COVID-19 Related   Delays in Cancer Screenings and Decreased Trust in the Healthcare System among an Urban Cancer Center's Catchment Area Population. American Society of Preventive Oncology 46th Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, March 2022.

Carnahan LR, Newsome J, Christian S, Hallock C, Soto B, Ghdey Y, Kasebier L, Khare M, Martinez E, Henderson V. Community conversations on cancer: Creating and implementing a community engagement strategy for the 2022-2027 Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan through an academic –state public health department partnership. American Association for Cancer Research, 14th Annual Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Virtual Conference, October 2021.

Rizzo G, Abdelrahim R, Carnahan L, Zimmermann K, Holicky A, Mujic E, Doi S, Handler A. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a breast and cervical cancer safety net program for uninsured women. American Public Health Association 149th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 2021.

Carnahan LR, Molina Y, Watson KS, Altfeld S, Ferrans CE, Rauscher GH. Colon cancer death and associations with clinical and non-clinical support among non-Hispanic Black and White urban colon cancer patients. American Association for Cancer Research, 14th Annual Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Virtual Conference, October 2021.

Research Currently in Progress

Creation of a Culturally Sensitive Narrative Intervention to Promote Participation in Clinical Trials (PI: Hoskins)

  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funding source: American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant
  • Period: 1/1/22-12/31/26

University of Illinois Cancer Center Cancer Screening; Access; Awareness; Navigation (UI Community CAAN)

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding source: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Period: 1/1/19-12/31/22

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program: Community Navigation Toolkit

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Sub-contract from IDPH
  • Period: 7/1/20-6/30/22

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program: Health Systems Intervention

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Sub-contract from IDPH
  • Period: 7/1/20-6/30/22