Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiV

Associate Dean for Research & Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Campus Box #7460
Administrative Office Building
104 Airport Drive
Office: 2700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Leeman is an implementation scientist with expertise in the development and evaluation of multi-level strategies to implement and scale-up evidence-based interventions, with a focus on interventions to prevent and manage chronic illness and reduce health disparities. She is principal investigator of the UNC member center in the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN; 2012-2019), an NIH/CDC-funded center that works with seven other centers to advance dissemination and implementation (D&I) science in the area of cancer prevention and control. Dr. Leeman also serves as Co-Principal Investigator on a CDC-funded implementation study of a healthy lifestyle intervention in health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

She is currently or has been the lead implementation scientist on externally-funded studies testing strategies to implement and scale-up evidence-based interventions in partnership with departments of public health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care clinics, skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, nurse home visitor programs, and rural emergency departments. Dr. Leeman directs the Dissemination Core of UNC’s CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, is co-director of the School of Nursing’s T32 training program in Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness, and is faculty in the UNC CTSA’s Dissemination and Implementation Methods unit.


I have been faculty for 25 years in the UNC SON. My area of research expertise is implementation. I have taught courses on systematic review of the literature, implementation science, and grant writing. 

Specialization/Research Areas: Available for presentations: I am happy to talk about any of the topics listed above, and can develop more specialized programs within any of these categories: 

  •  Finding evidence-based interventions  
  •  Implementation science