Carrie Leach

Carrie Leach

Carrie Leach

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Carrie Leach, Ph.D. 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 also manages community-based research projects, program evaluation, and computer mediated communication at the IoG. At the CURES, she manages outreach and communications with the aim of fostering connections and co-learning between researchers and Detroiters impacted by environmental issues. Carrie earned her Masters of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science at Wayne State and PhD in the Department of Communication with a focus on health communication and social gerontology. Her applied research focuses on older adults’ social worlds and how communication in context influences their behaviors to engage and access health and social services.

Community Engagement Core, Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors


Ph.D., Health Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
M.P.A., Master of Public Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.A., Communication, Madonna University, Livonia, MI
A.A., Liberal Arts, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Office Location

129 Knapp Building

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Research and Tools for Improving Communication Between Older Adults and Aging Services, Providers, and Network

Professional Associations

Gerontological Society of America
American Society on Aging
National Communication Association
American Public Health Association