Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV

Associate Professor


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 4005

Dr. Leeman focuses on disseminating and implementing evidence-based interventions to promote healthy behaviors and prevent obesity and other chronic conditions. She also has expertise in mixed-methods approaches to systematic literature reviews.

2016 RINAH Best Paper of 2016

Arnold Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award, Public Health Leadership Program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Calo, W. A., Gilkey, M. B., Leeman, J., MacKinnon, J., Averette, C., Sanchez, S., Kornides, M., Brewer, N. T. (In press). Coaching primary care clinics for HPV vaccination quality improvement: Comparing in-person and webinar implementation. Translational Behavioral Medicine. In press.

Wilson, K., Leeman, J., Sanders, B., & Havens, D. (In press). Improving physician engagement in interprofessional collaborative practice in rural emergency departments. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 

Leeman, J., Birken, S., Powell, B., Rohweder, C., & Shea, C. (2017). Beyond “implementation strategies”: Classifying the full range of strategies used in implementation science and practice. Implementation Science, 12, 125.

Birken, S., Powell, B., Shea, C., Haines, E., Kirk, A., Leeman, J., Rohweder, C., Damschroder, L., & Presseau, J. (2017). Criteria for selecting implementation science theories and frameworks: Results from an international survey. Implementation Science, 12, 124.

Mainor, A., Leeman, J., DeCosimo, K., Farris, P., & Winters, K.. (In press). Scaling-up and tailoring the “Putting Public Health Evidence in Action” training curriculum.

Leeman, J., Beeber, L., Hodges, E., Kneipp, S., Toles, M., Yeo, S., & Zegre-Hemsey, J. (2017). Engaging national and regional partners to accelerate broad-scale implementation of nurse-developed interventions. Nursing Outlook. Epub ahead of print

Santacroce, S. J., Leeman, J., & Song, M-K. (2017). A training program for nurse scientists to promote intervention translation. Nursing Outlook. Epub ahead of print

Crandell, J., Sandelowski, M., Leeman, J., Havill, N., & Knafl, K. (In press). Parenting behaviors and the wellbeing of children with a chronic physical condition. Families, Systems, and Health.

Leeman, J., Myers, A., Grant, J., Wangen, M., & Queen, T. (2017). The effects of implementation strategies to promote community-engaged efforts to counter tobacco marketing at the point of sale. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7, 405-414.

Alva, M., Samuel-Hodge, C., Porterfield, D., & Tainayah, Thomas, and Leeman, J. (2017). A feasibility study of supply and demand for Diabetes Prevention Programs in North Carolina. Preventing Chronic Disease, 14, E51.

Ribisl, K., Fernandez, M. E., Friedman, D. B., Hannon, P. A., Leeman, J., Moore, A., Olson, L., Ory, M. Risendal, B., Sheble, L., Taylor, V. M., Williams, R. S., & Weiner, B. J. (2017). Impact of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network: Accelerating the translation of research into practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52, S233-S240.

Leeman, J., Calancie, L., Kegler, M., Escoffery, C., Hermman, A., Thatcher, E., Hartman, M., & Fernandez, M. (2017). Developing theory to guide the design of strategies to build practitioners’ capacity to adopt and implement evidence-based interventions. Health Education & Behavior, 44, 59-69.

Knafl, K., Havill, N., Leeman, J., Fleming, L., Crandell, J., & Sandelowski, M. (2016). The nature of family engagement in interventions for children with chronic conditions. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Epub ahead of print.

Leeman, J., Blitstein, J., Goetz, J., Moore, A., Tessman, N., & Wiecha, J. (2016). Developing a tool to assess out-of-school time providers’ capacity to implement policy, systems, and environmental change. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E105.

Leeman, J., Crandell, J. L., Lee, A., Bai, J. Sandelowksi, M., & Knalf, K. (2016). Family functioning and the well-being of children with chronic conditions: A meta-analysis. Research in Nursing and Health, 39, 229-243.

Yeo, S., Samuel-Hodge, C., Ferraro, A. M., Asafu-adjei, J. K., Leeman, J., & Smith, R.
(2016). Challenges of integrating an evidence-based intervention in health departments to prevent excessive gestational weight gain among low-income women. Public Health Nursing, 33, 224-231.

Leeman, J., Aycock, A., Paxton, A., Lowe, A., Sommers, J., Thompson, D. Farris, R., & Ammerman, A. (2015). Policy, systems, and environmental approaches to obesity prevention: Translating and disseminating evidence from practice. Public Health Reports, 130, 616-622.

Leeman, J., Sandelowski, M., Havill, N., & Knafl, K. (2015). Parent-to-child transition in managing cystic fibrosis: a research synthesis. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7, 167-183.

Honeycutt S, Leeman J, McCarthy WJ, Bastani R, Carter-Edwards L, Clark H, Garney W, Gustat J, Hites L, Nothwehr F, Kegler, MC. (2015). Evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change interventions: Lessons learned from the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12, E174.

Knafl, K., Leeman, J., Havill, N. L., Crandell, J. L., & Sandelowski, M. (2015). The contribution of parent and family variables to the well-being of youth with arthritis. Journal of Family Nursing, 21, 579-616..

Kneipp, S. M., Leeman, J., McCall, P., Lich, K., Bobashev, G., & Schwartz, T. (2015). Synthesizing marketing, community engagement, and systems science approaches for advancing translational research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 38, 227-240.

Leeman, J., Calancie, L., Hartman, M., Escoffery, C., Hermman, A., Tague, L. et al. (2015). What strategies are used to build practitioners’ capacity to implement community-based interventions and are they effective?: A systematic review. Implementation Science, 10:80.

Calancie, L., Leeman, J., Jilcott Pitts, S., Kettel Khan, L., Fleischhacker, S. Evenson, K., Schreiner, M…. Ammerman, A. (2015). Nutrition-related policy and environmental strategies to prevent obesity in rural communities: A systematic review of the literature, 2001-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12.

Escoffery, C., Hannon, P., Maxwell, A., Vu, T. Leeman, J. Dwyer, A…Gressard, L. (2015). Assessment of training and technical assistance needs of Colorectal Cancer Control Program grantees in the U.S. BMC Public Health, 119, 2870.

Knafl, K., Leeman, J., Crandell, J., Havill, N., & Sandelowski, M. (2014). Delimiting family in syntheses of research on childhood chronic conditions and family life. Family Process, Epub ahead of print

Leeman, J., Myers, A., Ribisl, K., & Ammerman, A. (2014). Disseminating policy and environmental change interventions: Insights from obesity prevention and tobacco control. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Epub ahead of print.

Leeman, J., Jilcott-Pitts, S., & Myers, A. (2014). Speeding the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for cancer control and prevention. North Carolina Medical Journal, 75, 261-264.

Leeman, J., Sandelowski, M., Havill, N., & Knafl, K. (in press). Parent-to-child transition in managing cystic fibrosis: a research synthesis. Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Colquhoun, H., Leeman, J., Michie, S., Lokke, C., Bragge, P., Hemple, S., McKibbon, K.A., …Grimshaw, J. (2014). Towards a common terminology: a simplified model of interventions to promote and integrate evidence into health practices, systems, and policies. Implementation Science, 9, 51. DOI: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-51.

Ribisl, K., Leeman, J., & Glasser, A. (2014). Pricing health behavior change interventions to promote greater adoption: Lessons from the marketing and business literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46, 653-659.

Mainor, A., Leeman, J., Sommers, J., Heiser, C., Gonzales, C., Farris, R., & Ammerman, A. (2014). A systematic approach to planning and evaluating public health training: the Obesity Prevention in Public Health Course. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 20, 647-653.

Leeman, J., Teal, R., Jernigan, J., Reed, J., Farris, R., & Ammerman, A. (2014). What evidence and support do practitioners need to address complex public health problems? The case of state level obesity prevention. American Journal of Health Promotion, 28, 189-196.

Havill, N., Leeman, J., Shaw-Kokot, J., Knafl, K., Crandell, J., & Sandelowski, M. (2014). Managing large-volume literature searches in research synthesis studies. Nursing Outlook, 62, 112-118.

Leeman, J., Moore, A., Teal, R., Barrett, N., Leighton, A,. & Steckler, A. (2013). Promoting community practitioners’ use of evidence-based approaches to increase breast cancer screening. Journal of Public Health Nursing, 30, 323-331.

Sandelowski, M., Leeman, J., Knafl, K., & Crandell, J. L. (2013). Text-in-Context: A method for extracting findings in mixed-methods mixed research synthesis studies. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69,1428-1437.doi: 10.1111/jan.12000.

Leeman, J., & Sandelowski, M. (2012). Practice-based evidence and qualitative inquiry. Journal of Nursing Scholarship,44(2), 171-179. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01449.x.

Leeman, J., Sommers, J., Vu, M., Jernigan, J., Payne, G., Thompson, D…Ammerman, A. (2012). An evaluation framework for obesity prevention policies. Preventing Chronic Disease, 9, E120.

Sandelowski, M., & Leeman, J. (2012). Writing usable qualitative health research findings. Qualitative Health Research. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 1404-1413.

Sandelowski, M., Voils, C. I., Leeman, J., & Crandell, J. L. (2012). Mapping the mixed research synthesis terrain. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 6 (4), 317 – 331.

Leeman, J., Chang, Y. K., Voils, C., Crandell, J. L., & Sandelowski, M. (2011). A mixed-methods approach to synthesizing evidence on mediators of intervention effects. Western Journal of Nursing Research,33,870-900.

Leeman, J., Sommers, J., Leung, M., & Ammerman, A. (2011). Disseminating evidence from research and practice: A model for selecting evidence to guide obesity prevention. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 17, 133-140.

Leeman, J., Chang, Y. K., Lee, E. J., Voils, C., Crandell, J. L., & Sandelowski, M. (2010). Implementation of antiretroviral therapy adherence interventions: a realist synthesis of evidence. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66, 1915-1930.

Leeman, J., Skelly, A., Burns, D., Carlson, J., & Soward, A. (2008). Tailoring a diabetes self-care intervention for use with older, rural African-American women. Diabetes Educator, 34, 310-317.

Leeman, J., Baernholdt, M., & Sandelowski, M. (2007). Developing a theory-based taxonomy of methods for implementing change in practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58, 191-200.

Havens, D., Wood, S., & Leeman, J. (2006). Improving nursing practice and patient care: Building capacity with Appreciative Inquiry. Journal of Nursing Administration, 36, 463-470.

Leeman, J., & Mark, B. (2006). The Chronic Care Model versus disease management programs: A transaction cost analysis approach. Health Care Management Review, 31, 18-25.

Leeman, J., Jackson, B., & Sandelowski, M. (2006). An evaluation of how well research reports support the use of findings in practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38, 171-177.

Leeman, J. (2006). Interventions to improve diabetes self-management: Utility and relevance for practice. The Diabetes Educator. 32, 571-583.

Leeman, J. Multiple Principal Investigator (Santacroce, S.: MPI). T32: Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness. NINR/NIH, 2016-2021, $2,408,027

Leeman, J. Multiple-Principal Investigator (Wheeler, S.: MPI). Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network and Collaborating Center, CDC/NIH, 2014 – 2019, $3,750,000

Leeman, J. Principal Investigator (Wiecha, J.:RTI Subcontract PI). Awareness and Use of School Health Tools and Resources, CDC, 2015-2018, $580,000

Leeman, J., Co-Investigator. Nurse-Family Partnership Mental Health Innovation (PI: Beeber). Hillman Foundation, 1/2018-12/2019

Leeman, J., Co-Investigator. Impact of AFIX and Physician-to-Physician engagement on HPV vaccination in primary care: An RCT. (MPIs:Brewer and Gilkey). CDC, 8/2017-7/2020 $1,499,256

Leeman, J., Co-Investigator. Connect-Home: Sustaining and Scaling-up Transitional Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities. (PI: Toles) John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies, 1/2017 – 12/2017 and Weinberg Foundation 1/2018-12/2018

Leeman, J., Faculty. Dissemination & Implementation Methods Unit of the CARES Core of UNC’s Translation & Clinical Science Center. NIH (PI: Corbie-Smith, 2014-2019). 5