Leah Frerichs, Ph.D.
PhD | University of Nebraska Medical Center | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
MS | University of Iowa | Community and Behavioral Health
BS | Iowa State University | Community Health Education
Leah Frerichs, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Frerichs’ research is focused on the intersection of community-based participatory research and systems science to address health disparities, largely in the area of chronic disease prevention. She has experience working with diverse communities including American Indian, Latino and African Americans to develop, implement and evaluate community-based interventions and policies. Her work has had a major focus on understanding and developing interventions that target social and physical environment influences on youth’s health behaviors in under-served communities.
Frerichs earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Health Equity Research at UNC. Prior to her doctoral studies, she managed a cancer prevention and control program for tribal communities in the Northern Plains.
- A cluster randomized trial of a community-based intervention among African American adults: Effects on dietary and physical activity outcomes. Leah Frerichs, Kiana Bess, Tiffany L. Young, Stephanie M. Hoover, Larissa Calancie, Mysha Wynn, Seth McFarlin, Crystal W. Cené, Gaurav Dave, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2020). Prevention Science 21(3): 344-354
- Conceptualizing trust in community-academic research partnerships using concept mapping approach: A multi-CTSA study. Gaurav Dave; Leah Frerichs; Jennifer Jones; Mimi Kim; Jennifer Schaal; Stefanie Vassar; Deepthi Varma; Catherine Striley; Corrine Ruktanonchai; Adina Black; Jennifer Hankins; Nakita Lovelady; Crystal Cene; Melissa Green; Tiffany Young; Shristi Tiwari; Ann Cheney; Linda Cottler; Greer Sullivan; Arleen Brown; Jessica Burke; Giselle Corbie-Smith, (2017). Evaluation and Program Planning 66: 70-78
- Development of a Systems Science Curriculum to Engage Rural African American Teens in Understanding and Addressing Childhood Obesity Prevention. Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Tiffany L. Young, Gaurav Dave, Doris Stith, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2017). Health Education and Behavior
- Stakeholder Perspectives on Creating and Maintaining Trust in Community-Academic Research Partnerships. Leah Frerichs, Mimi Kim, Gaurav Dave, Ann Cheney, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Jennifer Jones, Tiffany L. Young, Crystal W. Cene, Deepthi S. Varma, Jennifer Schaal, Adina Black, Catherine W. Striley, Stefanie Vassar, Greer Sullivan, Linda B. Cottler, Arleen Brown, Jessica G. Burke, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2016). Health Education and Behavior 44(1): 182-191
- Translating Research Into Prevention of High-Risk Behaviors in the Presence of Complex Systems: Definitions and Systems Frameworks. Kriste Hassmiller Lich, Leah Frerichs, Diana Fishbein, Georgiy Bobashev, Mary Ann Pentz (2016). Translational Behavioral Medicine 6(1): 17-31