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Amy E. Leader, PhD

Amy E. Leader, DrPH, MPH

Contact Dr. Leader

834 Chestnut Street
The Franklin Building, Suite 314
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7739
(215) 503-9506 fax


BA, University Of Pennsylvania - 1997
MPH, George Washington University College of Public Health & Health Services - 2001
DrPH, George Washington University College of Public Health & Health Services - 2007


Dr. Amy Leader is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, where she also teaches behavioral science and research methods courses in the Jefferson School of Population Health.   She is also a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center, at Thomas Jefferson.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate studies at the George Washington University School of Public Health.   Her research, broadly speaking, is in the areas of decision making, health communication, health disparities, and cancer prevention and control.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. What drives health professionals to tweet about #HPVvaccine? Identifying strategies for effective communication
  2. Decision Support and Shared Decision Making About Active Surveillance Versus Active Treatment Among Men Diagnosed with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: a Pilot Study
  3. Exploring Asian Indian and Pakistani views about cancer and participation in cancer genetics research: toward the development of a community genetics intervention
  4. Applying multiple data collection tools to quantify human papillomavirus vaccine communication on twitter
  5. Post-treatment problems of African American breast cancer survivors
  6. Correlates to Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Status and Willingness to Vaccinate in Low-Income Philadelphia High School Students
  7. Acceptability of the human papillomavirus vaccine among diverse hispanic mothers and grandmothers
  8. The association between neighborhood social capital and cancer screening
  9. The Development of a Culturally Relevant, Theoretically Driven HPV Prevention Intervention for Urban Adolescent Females and Their Parents/Guardians
  10. Acceptability of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Among Urban Adolescent Males
  11. Narrative Health Communication and Behavior Change: The Influence of Exemplars in the News on Intention to Quit Smoking
  12. Measuring informed decision making about prostate cancer screening in primary care
  13. An Exploratory Study of Adolescent Female Reactions to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: The Case of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
  14. Nicotine vaccines: Will smokers take a shot at quitting?
  15. The HPV vaccine and the media: How has the topic been covered and what are the effects on knowledge about the virus and cervical cancer?
  16. Awareness of anticancer vaccines among Asian American women with limited english proficiency: An opportunity for improved public health communication
  17. Effects of information framing on human papillomavirus vaccination
  18. Are patterns of health behavior associated with cancer screening?
  19. Is the promise of cancer-screening programs being compromised? Quality of follow-up care after abnormal screening results