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Leah Ferrucci, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Contact Information

Leah Ferrucci, PhD, MPH

Office Location

  • 60 College Street
    New Haven, CT 06510

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    60 College Street, PO Box 208034

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States

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 related exposures in relation to cancer. Her research also encompasses the needs and experiences of cancer survivors, including health information needs and quality of life, utilizing a unique national longitudinal study of cancer survivors. Dr. Ferrucci is 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. Dr. Ferrucci has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research to develop 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. Her work in nutrition and diet currently includes an evaluation of diet quality and food insecurity in female cancer survivors and an evaluation of the gut microbiome and metabolomics in breast cancer survivors enrolled in a weigh-loss trial. She is also studying diet quality as assessed by skin carotenoids in relation to chemotherapy-related side effects in breast cancer patients.

Extensive Research Description

Understanding ultraviolet radiation exposure in skin cancer survivors

Understanding and preventing indoor tanning among young adults and adolescents

Diet quality and food insecurity in female cancers survivors

Microbiome and metabolomics in relation to weight loss in breast cancers survivors

Dietary meat intake and colorectal neoplasia

Needs of long-term cancer survivors

Diet quality and chemotherapy related side effects


Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Chronic Disease; Diet; Epidemiology; Public Health; Skin Neoplasms; Tanning; Colorectal Neoplasms; Survivors; Metabolomics

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Nutrition

Selected Publications

Clinical Trials