Leigh F. Callahan

University of North Carolina, USA


Leigh F. Callahan received her B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, and her Ph.D. degree from the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. She has received number of grants from NIH and CDC. She has been working as a principal investigator for a study that explored complementary and alternative medicine use among persons diagnosed with arthritis from settings in family medicine practices, rheumatology/orthopaedic clinics, and a rural community-dwelling population-based cohort. Callahan has over 25 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 190 publications and articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings worldwide. She is also a Professor of Social Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center's Methodology Core at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, and she has taught clinical epidemiology and aging and health courses at UNC Chapel Hill. Callahan has served on a number of editorial boards. Callahan is a Former Editor for the Arthritis Care and Research ournal. She currently serves on the US Decade of Bone and Joint Disease Board of Directors. Callahan is a long-time volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation (AF) on both the state and national level. Her research interests include self-management of disease outcomes, musculoskeletal outcomes, evaluation of physical activity and arthritis, and social predictors of chronic disease outcomes.

Biography Updated on 23 December 2013

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