Leah McArthur Ferrucci, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Public Health; Skin Neoplasms; Tanning; Colorectal Neoplasms; Survivors

Public Health Interests

Cancer Epidemiology; Colorectal Cancer; Dietary factors; Health promotion-disease prevention; Sun Exposure

Research Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

School of Public Health

Research Summary

Dr. Ferrucci’s primary research interests are in elucidating modifiable causes of cancer and developing a better understanding of how cancer impacts the individual across various life domains. She focuses mainly on evaluating diet/nutrition and ultraviolet radiation in relation to cancer as well as the needs and experiences of cancer survivors, including health information needs and quality of life, in a national longitudinal study of cancer survivors. Dr. Ferrucci is currently working to translate some of her etiologic and descriptive findings into behavioral and structural interventions for individuals and communities to reduce cancer risk and impact survivorship. At present, Dr. Ferrucci is conducting both quantitative and qualitative research that will culminate in a behavioral prevention intervention to prevent indoor tanning in young people. In addition to her work on skin cancer prevention, Dr. Ferrucci is also studying sun exposure, sun protection behaviors, and indoor tanning among skin cancer survivors after their diagnosis to better understand these risk behaviors after a cancer diagnosis.

Specialized Terms: Skin cancer; indoor tanning; modifiable cancer risk factors; cancer survivorship; colorectal cancer, nutritional epidemiology

Extensive Research Description

Understanding ultraviolet radiation exposure in skin cancer survivors

Understanding and preventing indoor tanning among young adults and adolescents

Dietary meat intake and colorectal neoplasia

Needs of long-term cancer survivors

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Leah McArthur Ferrucci, PhD, MPH
Office Location
55 Church Street, Ste Suite 801
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
55 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510