Dr. Callahan

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Callahan has made substantial contributions in four major areas:

  • Outcomes and epidemiological research
  • Establishing collaborations across the UNC campus and in communities across the State of North Carolina
  • Leadership roles in professional and nonprofit arthritis organizations
  • Setting arthritis public health agendas

Dr. Callahan’s specific areas of research expertise are social determinants and health outcomes, physical activity and arthritis, health literacy, patient reported outcomes and measurement, and quality of life in individuals with rheumatic disease.

In addition to her research, Dr. Callahan has enjoyed interacting with undergraduates, graduate and medical students, residents, fellows and your investigators. As a faculty member, she values her responsibility to teach and mentor: by serving on dissertation committees, giving invited lectures, supervising new investigators and providing mentoring and research practicum experiences to graduate students, medical students residents and fellows.

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Leigh F. Callahan, PhD
Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine

2010 - Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Distinguished Lecturer

2009-2012 - Marquis Who's Who in the World

2009-2012 - Marquis Who's Who in American Women

2007-2012 - Marquis Who's Who in American

2006 - Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Addie Thomas Service Award

2005 - Arthritis foundation Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service

Grants and Collaborative Projects
CDC 9/30/11-9/29/2016
The Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project: Arthritis and Disability

Arthritis Foundation Mid-Atlantic Region 9/1/2011 - 8/31/13
Bringing the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program to the Workplace

NIAMS 4/1/08 - Ongoing
Principal Investigator
Individual and community social Determinants of osteoarthritis Outcomes