Wayne State University

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Carrie Leach

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Research Associate
Office Location
129 Knapp Building
Office Phone
313-664-2612
Bio Sketch

Carrie Leach is a Research Associate at the Institute of Gerontology (IOG) and the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) at Wayne State University. At the IOG, she has served as analyst and co-author of several older adult needs assessments at the municipal, county, and regional level. She has also been principal investigator of a municipal needs assessment and has consulted with local city governments to help prioritize service provision for older adults in the face of shrinking budgets. She manages community-based research projects, internal and external program evaluation, and computer mediated communication at the IOG. At the CURES, she manages the NIEHS funded Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) with the aim of fostering connections and co-learning between researchers and Detroiters impacted by environmental issues. Carrie Leach earned her Masters of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science at Wayne State and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication with a focus on health communication and social gerontology.

 

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, Health Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (projected completion May 2018)
M.P.A., Master of Public Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2009)
B.A., Communication, Madonna University, Livonia, MI (2004)
A.A., Liberal Arts, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI (1997)

Professional Associations

Gerontological Society of America
American Society on Aging
National Communication Association

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

Lichtenberg, P., Leach, C., Smith, B., Schroeck, N., & Blessman, J. (2017). Co-constructing environmental stewardship: A Detroit-driven participatory approach. Public Policy & Aging Report, 27(1), 37-39. doi: 10.1093/ppar/prw026

Lysack, C., Leach, C., Russo, T., Paulson, D., Lichtenberg, P. (2013). A randomized controlled trial to improve depression identification and treatment in older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy,Vol. 67(5), 584-593. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.00806

Russo, T., Leach, C., Lysack, C., Paulson, D., & Lichtenberg, P. (2013). Efficacy of a train-the-trainer curriculum for increasing occupational therapists' mental health knowledge. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal, 30(1), 90-106. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2014.878515

White Papers

Jankowski, T., Booza, J., Leach, C. (2011). Invisible Poverty: New Measure Unveils Financial Hardship in Michigan's Older Adult Population. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 3, 19 pgs.

Jankowski, T., Booza, J., Leach, C. (2011). Gender Disparities of Older Adults in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 2, 12 pgs.

Booza, J., Jankowski, T. B., Leach, C. (2010). An Income Profile of Older Adult Householders in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 1., 23 pgs.

Commissioned/Invited Publications 

Jankowski, T., & Leach, C. (2015). Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 270 pgs.

Jankowski, T., & Leach, C. (2013). Calhoun County Older Adult Needs Assessment, Community Survey Findings. Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 167 pgs.

Leach, C., Jankowski, T., & Russo, T. (2012). Huntington Woods Older Adult Needs Assessment Community Survey Findings. Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 26 pgs.

Jankowski, T., Leach, C., Graham, P. (2010). A Needs Assessment of Older Adults in the Tri-County Area. Composed for the United Way of Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative, 91 pgs.

Leach, C., & Carr, J. (2010). Huntington Woods City Services Priorities, Community Survey Findings.  Wayne State University Department of Political Science, 28 pgs.

Teaching Experience

 Co-lecturer, COM 5320/6180: Health Communication

Presentations

Leach, C. & Jankowski, T. (2017). Communicating with older adults: Medium, mode, and message. Workshop for the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, Chicago, Illinois. 

Lichtenberg, P., Leach, C., Russo, T., Paulson, D. & Lysack, C. (2012). Enhancing Mental Health Treatment for Older Adults in Medical Rehabilitation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. San Diego, CA

Lysack, C., Leach, C., Russo, T., Paulson, D., Lichtenberg, P. (2011). Efficacy of a Train-the-Trainer Curriculum for Occupational Therapists' Mental Health Knowledge. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Jankowski, T., and Booza, J., Leach, C. (2011). A Comparison of Poverty and Economic Insecurity Among Older Adult Singles and Couples in Michigan. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Jankowski, T., Leach, C., and Booza, J., (2009). Seniors Count! A CBPR Approach to Compiling and Disseminating Data on Aging. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia.

Local/Regional

Lysack, C., Leach, C., Paulson, D., Russo, T., Lichtenberg, P. (2011). Efficacy of a Train-the-Trainer Curriculum for Occupational Therapists' Mental Health Knowledge. Poster presented at the Institute of Gerontology Annual Poster Day, Detroit, MI.

Leach, C. (2008). A Mental Health Quandary: The Need for Alternative Courts in Michigan: Avoiding Trans-Institutionalization Via an Alternative to Entering the Michigan Corrections System. Poster presented at the Annual American Society of Public Administration Higher Education Public Policy Forum, Lansing, Michigan.