Thomas Jefferson University

Leader, Amy

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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. Exploring Knowledge and Attitudes About Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among School Nurses in an Urban School District
  2. Understanding the messages and motivation of vaccine hesitant or refusing social media influencers
  3. Cancer Screening and Genetic Testing Recommendations for Relatives of Men Undergoing Prostate Cancer Germline Testing: Implications for Practice
  4. Dimensions of misinformation about the HPV vaccine on instagram: Content and network analysis of social media characteristics
  5. Shedding light on endometriosis: Patient and provider perspectives on a challenging disease
  6. HPV vaccine, Twitter, and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
  7. Exploring Asian Indian views about cancer and participation in cancer research: an evaluation of a culturally tailored educational intervention
  8. Characterizing HPV Vaccine Sentiments and Content on Instagram
  9. Patterns of Alcohol Abstinence in Mexican Women Residing in the United States: Effects of Nativity and Duration in the United States
  10. Evaluation of workplace lactation support among employers in two Pennsylvania cities
  11. The Oncology Care Model: Oncology’s First Foray Away From Volume and Toward Value-Based Care
  12. Racial and Ethnic Trends in Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Philadelphia, PA: an Observational Study
  13. Recruiting for an online survey through social media: Testing variations in messaging, compensation, and platform
  14. Validity of the screener and opioid assessment for patients with pain-revised (SOAPP-R) in patients with cancer
  15. Using Facebook to reach adolescents for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination
  16. Understanding of multigene test results among males undergoing germline testing for inherited prostate cancer: Implications for genetic counseling
  17. Examining relationships between age at diagnosis and health-related quality of life outcomes in prostate cancer survivors
  18. A Prostate Cancer Composite Score to Identify High Burden Neighborhoods
  19. Bounce: Designing a physical activity intervention for breast cancer survivors
  20. What drives health professionals to tweet about #HPVvaccine? Identifying strategies for effective communication
  21. Decision Support and Shared Decision Making About Active Surveillance Versus Active Treatment Among Men Diagnosed with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: a Pilot Study
  22. Exploring Asian Indian and Pakistani views about cancer and participation in cancer genetics research: toward the development of a community genetics intervention
  23. Applying multiple data collection tools to quantify human papillomavirus vaccine communication on twitter
  24. Post-treatment problems of African American breast cancer survivors
  25. Correlates to Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Status and Willingness to Vaccinate in Low-Income Philadelphia High School Students