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Leah Gordon MPH

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    • Research Associate Family Medicine School of Medicine
    • Project Director, ESCALATES Study, National Evaluation of the EvidenceNOW Initiative

Leah Gordon, MPH, is a Research Associate working with Debbie Cohen, PhD.  Gordon is serving as the Project Director for the ESCALATES Study, AHRQ's National Evaluation of the EvidenceNOW Initiative focused on improving cardiovascular care in small primary care practices (  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.

Areas of interest

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


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

Memberships and associations

  • American Evaluation Association
  • American Public Health Association


  • 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).

  • 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.

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