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Amy E. Leader, PhD

Amy E. Leader, DrPH, MPH

Contact Dr. Leader

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7739
(215) 923-7583 fax


DrPH, George Washington University
MPH, George Washington University
BA, University of Pennsylvania

University Appointments

Associate Professor, Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology
Full Research Member, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Research & Practice Interests

Behavioral Science
Cancer Prevention and Control
Health Communication
Informed Decision-Making
Community-Based Research


Social & Behavioral Foundations in Public Health
Advanced Social & Behavioral Theory & Intervention
Qualitative Research Methods
Public Health Capstone Seminar


Dr. Amy Leader is Associate Professor in the Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She also teaches behavioral science and research methods courses in the MPH program at the Jefferson College of Population Health.  She is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Leader 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. Understanding of multigene test results among males undergoing germline testing for inherited prostate cancer: Implications for genetic counseling
  2. A Prostate Cancer Composite Score to Identify High Burden Neighborhoods
  3. What drives health professionals to tweet about #HPVvaccine? Identifying strategies for effective communication
  4. Decision Support and Shared Decision Making About Active Surveillance Versus Active Treatment Among Men Diagnosed with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: a Pilot Study
  5. Exploring Asian Indian and Pakistani views about cancer and participation in cancer genetics research: toward the development of a community genetics intervention
  6. Applying multiple data collection tools to quantify human papillomavirus vaccine communication on twitter
  7. Post-treatment problems of African American breast cancer survivors
  8. Correlates to Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Status and Willingness to Vaccinate in Low-Income Philadelphia High School Students
  9. Acceptability of the human papillomavirus vaccine among diverse hispanic mothers and grandmothers
  10. The association between neighborhood social capital and cancer screening
  11. The Development of a Culturally Relevant, Theoretically Driven HPV Prevention Intervention for Urban Adolescent Females and Their Parents/Guardians
  12. Acceptability of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Among Urban Adolescent Males
  13. Narrative Health Communication and Behavior Change: The Influence of Exemplars in the News on Intention to Quit Smoking
  14. Measuring informed decision making about prostate cancer screening in primary care
  15. An Exploratory Study of Adolescent Female Reactions to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: The Case of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
  16. Nicotine vaccines: Will smokers take a shot at quitting?
  17. 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?
  18. Awareness of anticancer vaccines among Asian American women with limited english proficiency: An opportunity for improved public health communication
  19. Effects of information framing on human papillomavirus vaccination
  20. Are patterns of health behavior associated with cancer screening?