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Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Linda G. Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Contact Dr. Fleisher

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0174
(215) 923-7583 fax


PhD, Temple University
MPH, Temple University
BA, West Chester State College

University Appointments

Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Health Communications and Public Health
Consumer Informatics
Health Disparities
Health Education/Communication Interventions
Community-Participatory and Dissemination Research
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Digital Health
Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Intervention Programs
Implementation Research
Health Promotion
Diabetes Management
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Advanced Epidemiology
Geo-based Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Cancer Control
Cancer Treatment and Clinical Trials


Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation


Dr. Linda Fleisher's research is unique, bridging the fields of health communications and public health, with an emphasis on consumer informatics, health disparities, health education/communication interventions and community-participatory and dissemination research. Her primary areas of expertise include public health program planning and evaluation, health disparities, digital health, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based intervention programs and implementation research. Her research spans the continuum of care from health promotion, diabetes management, cancer control, cancer treatment and clinical trials and survivorship.

Currently, Dr. Fleisher is Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Adjunct Associate Research Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is currently leading funded research in many of the previously described areas as well as multi-state health disparities network. In addition, Dr. Fleisher leads a digital health initiative focused on translating our knowledge of evaluation and evidence to health app developers, distributors and consumers to ensure that the explosion of mobile health tools are evidence-based and their impact on health improvement are validated. 

Dr. Fleisher has over 30 years of experience in public health. She was Project Director and Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service in the tri-state area for over 17 years, serving over 500,000 consumers and building a network of community-based and public health programs. Building on this program, she developed a portfolio of pragmatic research focused on designing and implementing multi-media educational interventions through this service. She founded Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Patient Resource Education Center in 2000, which is one of the first multi-media patient education programs at a comprehensive cancer center as well as the Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities in 2009. 

Dr. Fleisher earned her BA in Anthropology at West Chester University. She received her MPH and PhD in Public Health from Temple University. She has over 70 publications and has designed and implemented numerous workshops and professional development programs in adapting evidence-based interventions, cultural adaptation, health literacy and participatory research. She has and continues to serve on numerous local and national work groups, committees and advisory boards. 


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Usability, Acceptability, and Impact of a Pediatric Teledermatology Mobile Health Application
  2. Are mHealth interventions to improve child restraint system installation of value? A mixed methods study of parents
  3. Health Literacy: Cancer Prevention Strategies for Early Adults
  4. The ConNECT Framework: a model for advancing behavioral medicine science and practice to foster health equity
  5. Lessons Learned from Implementing a Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program for Underserved High-Risk Men in the Community: the Prostate REACH Project
  6. Randomized trial of a web-based intervention to address barriers to clinical trials
  7. Financial concerns about participation in clinical trials among patients with cancer
  8. Utilizing remote real-time videoconferencing to expand access to cancer genetic services in community practices: A multicenter feasibility study
  9. Development and utilization of complementary communication channels for treatment decision making and survivorship issues among cancer patients: The CIS Research Consortium Experience
  10. Development and preliminary testing of PROGRESS: a Web-based education program for prostate cancer survivors transitioning from active treatment
  11. Development of an internet intervention to address behaviors associated with skin cancer risk among young adults
  12. Attitudinal barriers to participation in oncology clinical trials: Factor analysis and correlates of barriers
  13. Opportunities and challenges of using technology to address health disparities
  14. Improving diversity in cancer research trials: The story of the cancer disparities research network
  15. Application of best practice approaches for designing decision support tools: The preparatory education about clinical trials (PRE-ACT) study
  16. Knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy as predictors of preparedness for oncology clinical trials: A mediational model
  17. Responding to a significant recruitment challenge within three nationwide psychoeducational trials for cancer patients
  18. Cancer patient and survivor research from the cancer information service research consortium: A preview of three large randomized trials and initial lessons learned
  19. A Web-based communication aid for patients with cancer: The CONNECT Study
  20. The relationships among knowledge, self-efficacy, preparedness, decisional conflict, and decisions to participate in a cancer clinical trial