Leah Gordon, MPH

  • Research Associate, Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Project Director, ESCALATES Study, National Evaluation of the EvidenceNOW Initiative
  • Project Director, External Evaluation of Well Being Trust's California grant portfolio


Leah Gordon, MPH, is a Research Associate working with Debbie Cohen, PhD. Gordon is currently serving as Project Director for multiple evaluations, including: ESCALATES, the mixed-methods national evaluation of a $120 million federal initiative dedicated to using the latest evidence to improve heart health in the U.S.(https://escalates.org/); the external evaluation of WellBeing Trust Foundation’s $18 million California Portfolio; and the evaluation of Medically Assisted Treatment program for opioid abuse at OHSU primary care clinics. Gordon is Spanish-speaking and her research interests include health disparities, population health, and mixed methods evaluation. Gordon has a Master's in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining family medicine, she was a Program Manager for the Center for Gender Equity and Health at the University of California-San Diego managing an international and domestic research portfolio focused on gender-based violence and HIV.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2008, Tufts University, Double Major in International Relations and Community Health
    • M.P.H., 2012, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Health Behavior and Health Education

Memberships and associations:

  • American Evaluation Association
  • American Public Health Association

Areas of interest

  • Evaluation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Leadership development and mentorship
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Population health


Selected publications

  • Servin, Argentina E., Kimberly C. Brouwer, Leah Gordon, Teresita Rocha-Jimenez, Hugo Staines, Ricardo B. Vera-Monroy, Steffanie A. Strathdee, and Jay G. Silverman. 2015. “Vulnerability Factors and Pathways Leading to Underage Entry into Sex Work in Two Mexican-US Border Cities.” The Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk 6 (1). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25932343.
  • Popkin, Susan, Chantal Hailey, Janine Zweig, Nan Astone, Reed Jordan, Leah Gordon, and Jay Silverman. 2016. “Coercive Sexual Environments: Development and Validation of a Scale.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, April. doi:10.1177/0886260516639581.
  • Cohen, Deborah J., Bijal A. Balasubramanian, Leah Gordon, Miguel Marino, Sarah Ono, Leif I. Solberg, Benjamin F. Crabtree, et al. 2016. “A National Evaluation of a Dissemination and Implementation Initiative to Enhance Primary Care Practice Capacity and Improve Cardiovascular Disease Care: The ESCALATES Study Protocol.” Implementation Science: IS 11 (1): 86.
  • Popkin, Susan, Janine Zweig, Nan Astone, Reed Jordan, Chantal Hailey, Leah Gordon, and Jay Silverman. 2016. “Coercive Sexual Environments: Exploring the Linkages to Mental Health in Public Housing.” Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 18 (1):165.
  • Morales-Miranda S, Loya-Montiel I, Ritter J, Rocha-Jiménez T, Gordon L, García J, et al. Factors associated with HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Guatemala City. Int J STD AIDS 2019:956462419826393.
  • Sweeney SM, Hall JD, Ono SS, Gordon L, Cameron D, Hemler J, et al. Recruiting Practices for Change Initiatives Is Hard: Findings From EvidenceNOW. Am J Med Qual 2017:1062860617728791.


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