Leigh F. Callahan, PhD

  • BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1992
Awards & Involvement
  • ACR/ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Appointed Director of OAAA
  • COAMI Steering Committee
  • ACR Finance Committee 
  • Faculty Member, US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Program
Research Interests
  • Self-management and Chronic Disease Outcomes
  • Musculoskeletal Outcomes
  • Evaluation of Exercise and Arthritis
  • Social Predictors of Chronic Disease Outcomes
Research Summary

    Dr. Leigh Callahan is a professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Social Medicine; and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She is the director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center's Methodology Core at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, and teaches Clinical Epidemiology and Aging and Health courses at UNC Chapel Hill.

    Dr. Callahan has over 20 years of experience in arthritis and health outcomes research, and experience in public health as a former arthritis epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has authored more than 120 publications and articles, is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings worldwide, and continues to spearhead a number of projects examining the factors surrounding arthritis and physical activity, health outcomes, and health disparities.

    Publications in PubMed