Carrie Leach

Carrie Leach

Carrie Leach

Bio Sketch

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

Education

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

Office Phone

313-664-2612

Presentations

PEER-REVIEWED

Leach, C. & Jankowski, T. March, 2017. Communicating with Older Adults: Medium, Mode, and Message. 60 minute 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.

INVITED

Introduction to Aging: Building a Foundation for Patient Care. Continuing Education Program for Healthcare Professionals, Institute of Gerontology Education and Outreach, Wayne State University, September 2017.


Health Communication 101: Skills for Improving Interactions with Older Patients. Continuing Education Program for Healthcare Professionals, Institute of Gerontology Education and Outreach, Wayne State University, September 2017.


Communicating with Older Adults: Medium, Mode, and Message. Invited to present national webinar based on attendence at the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, August, 2017.


Juxtaposing Ecologically Sensitized Communication Approaches: Urban Lifespan and Rural Aged. Public Health 4100 practicum course, Wayne State University, June 2017.


Communicating with Older Adults: Medium, Mode, and Message. Monroe County Service Providers, Frenchtown Senior Center, May 2017.
Community, Culture, and Communication. COM 2000, Wayne State University, October 2016.


Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Annual Meeting of the Monroe County Human Services Collaborative Network, November 2015.


Exploring Careers in Research outside the Academy. Communication Department Colloquium Panel Member with Laura Pechta of CDC, September 2015.

Projects

Environmental Health in Detroit

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.