Leslie Carnahan, PhD

Research Specialist

Contact: 312-355-3880 | lcarna2@uic.edu

Leslie Carnahan, MPH is a Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Leslie received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, with concentrations in Global Health and Community-Based Research Methods from UIC. In their current work, they are engaged in evaluation for the Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, and the Illinois WISEWOMAN Program. All of these programs are implemented by the Illinois Department of Public Health and are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Leslie also provides services to the UIC community and serves on the Advisory Council for the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, and they also  facilitate the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women’s Reading and Discussion (WoRD) book club. Leslie is a PhD Candidate in Community Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, and their dissertation is Characterizing the Role of Social Factors on Quality of Life and Survival Among Health Disparity Populations.

Prior to working at the CRWG, Leslie coordinated a case management program for high-risk cervical cancer patients and assisted with quality and performance improvement at a federally qualified health center in Chicago. Leslie is particularly interested in and committed to working in the areas of cancer and survivorship, eliminating disparities in cancer outcomes among underserved communities, improving chronic disease risk profiles of women and their communities.


Original Research (Peer-Reviewed)

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

Strayhorn S, Carnahan LR, Zimmermann K, Hastert T, Watson KS, Ferrans CE, Molina Y. (2020). Co-morbidities, treatment-related consequences and health-related quality of life among rural cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. 28(4), 1839-1848.

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.

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.

Carnahan L, Zimmermann K, Peacock N. (2016). What rural women want the public health community to know about access to healthful food: A qualitative study, 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E57 1-11.

 Carnahan L, Geller S, Leshabari S, Sangu W, Hanselman B, Patil C. (2016). Understanding barriers to optimal care during facility delivery in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 135(3) 268-271.

 Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Paulsey E, Molina Y. (2016). Healthcare eligibility and availability and healthcare reform: Are we addressing rural women’s barriers to accessing care? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4A), 204-219.

Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Peacock N. (2016). Age-associated perceptions of physical activity facilitators and barriers among women in rural southernmost Illinois. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E138 1-11.

 Robinson N, Kapungu C, Carnahan L, Geller S. (2014). Translating Research into Policy and Practice: Recommendations for Scale-Up of Community Based Misoprostol Distribution Programs. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 125(3), 285-288.

Geller S, Carnahan L, Agyemang R, Akosah E, Asare G, Dickson R, Kapungu C, Owusu-Ansah L, Robinson N, Mensah-Homiah J. (2014).  Community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage at home births in rural Ghana. BJOG, 121(3), 319-326.

Kapungu C, Mensah-Homiah J, Akosah E, Asare G, Carnahan L, Frimpong M, Mensah-Bonsu P, Ohemeng-Daapah S, Owusu-Ansah L, Geller S, for the Ghana PPH Study Group. (2012). A community-based continuum of care model for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 120(2), 156-159.