Wayne State University

Carrie Leach

Carrie

Biography

Carrie Leach is a Research Assistant 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 her own 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, 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 is currently a PhD candidate 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. Her community-based work strives to improve older adults’ access to and utilization of support in later life to prolong their independence and well-being.

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Recent Publications

PEER-REVIEWED

  1. Lichtenberg, P., Leach, C., Smith, B., Schroeck, N., & Blessman, J. (2017). Coconstructing environmental stewardship: A Detroit-driven participatory approach. Public Policy & Aging Report, 27(1), 37-39. doi:10.1093/ppar/prw026
  2. Russo, T, Leach, C., Lysack, C., Paulson, D., & Lichtenberg, P. (2014). 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
  3. Lysack, C., Leach, C., Russo, T., Paulson, D., & Lichtenberg, P.A. (2013). DVD training for depression identification and treatment in older adults: A two-group randomized wait-list control study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(5), 584-593. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.008060

WHITE PAPERS

  1. 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.
  2. Jankowski, T., Booza, J., & Leach, C. (2011). Gender Disparities of Older Adults in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 2, 12 pgs.
  3. 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.

IN PREPARATION

  1. Leach, C., Lysack, C., & Jankowski, T. A community-based participatory approach to assessing older adults needs using multiple, sequenced methods.

COMMISSIONED/INVITED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Jankowski, T., & Leach, C. (2015). Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Monroe County Commission on Aging, 270 pgs.
  2. Jankowski, T., & Leach, C. (2013). Calhoun County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Calhoun County Offices of Senior Services, 168 pgs.
  3. Leach, C., Jankowski, T., & Russo, T. (2012). Huntington Woods Older Adult Needs Assessment: Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 26 pgs.
  4. Jankowski, T., Leach, C., & Graham, P. (2010). A Needs Assessment of Older Adults in the Tri-County Area. Report to the United Way of Southeast Michigan. Commissioned by the Senior Regional Collaborative publication, 91 pgs.
  5. Leach, C., & Carr, J. (2010). Huntington Woods City Services Priority Survey Findings. Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 28 pgs.
  6. Thompson, L., Gleason-Comstock, J., Scott, W., Streater, A., Leach, C., Lum, M., & Crawford, R. (2008). Program Evaluation Report for the Michigan Special Education Mediation Program, 53 pgs.
  7. Thompson, L., Gleason-Comstock, J., Scott, W., Streater, A., Leach, C., Lum, M., & Crawford, R. (2008). Evaluation of the Training and Technical Assistance for Family Involvement Grant. Composed for the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF), 156 pgs.
  8. Thompson, L., Gleason-Comstock, J., Scott, W., Streater, A., Leach, C., & Crawford, R. (2008). Evaluation of the Knowledge Application and Technical Assistance Project, 27pgs.

PRESENTATIONS

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 PRESENTATIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Juxtaposing Ecologically Sensitized Communication Approaches: Urban Lifespan and Rural Aged. Public Health 4100 practicum course, Wayne State University, June 2017.
  5. Communicating with Older Adults: Medium, Mode, and Message. Monroe County Service Providers, Frenchtown Senior Center, May 2017.
  6. Community, Culture, and Communication. COM 2000, Wayne State University, October 2016.
  7. Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Annual Meeting of the Monroe County Human Services Collaborative Network, November 2015.
  8. Exploring Careers in Research outside the Academy. Communication Department Colloquium Panel Member with Laura Pechta of CDC, September 2015.

 

Courses Taught

COM 5320/6180: Health Communication, Co-Lecturer
SW 7995: Interdisciplinary Introduction to Gerontology, Module 15: Senstitized Communication with Older Adults