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Leslie McClure, Ph.D.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Epidemiology and Biostatistics


  • Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Iowa

Research Interests

Clinical Trials, Environmental Exposures, Health Equity, Geospatial Data Methods, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke

Publications and Media Placements

1. Algur, Y; Rummo, PE; McAlexander, TP; De Silva, SSA; Lovasi, GS; Judd, SE; Ryan, V; Malla, G; Koyama, AK; Lee, DC; Thorpe, LE; McClure, LA (2023). “Assessing the association between food environment and dietary inflammation by community type: a cross-sectional REGARDS study.” International Journal of Health Geographics

2. Chen, C; Yang, K; Nan, H; Unverzagt, F; McClure, LA; Irvin, MR; Judd, S; Cushman, M; Kamin Mukaz, D; Klaunig, JE; D’Alton, ME; Kahe, K (2023). “Association of telomere length and change with cognitive decline were modified by sex and race: the REGARDS Study.”  American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias (in press).

3. Arce Rentería, M; McClure, LA; Callas, PW; LaBode-Richman, VM; Kroll, DS; Manly, JJ; Zakai, NA; Unverzagt, F; Cushman, M (2023). “Lipoprotein(a) and risk of cognitive impairment in Black and White Americans: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke cohort.” Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 7:e102170. PMCID: PMC10491800

4. Liu, L; May, NS; Sato, PY; Srivastava, P; McClure, LA (2023).  “Association between cardiovascular risk and coronavirus disease 2019: findings from 2021 National Health Interview Survey.” Annals of Epidemiology 82: 1-7. PMCID: PMC10033151

5. Tabb, LP; Diez Roux, AV; Barber, S; Judd, SE; Lovasi, G; Lawson, A; McClure, LA (2022). “Spatially varying racial inequities in cardiovascular health and the contributions of individual- and neighborhood-level characteristics across the United States: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study.” Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology 40:100473. PMCID: PMC8867394

6. Long, DL; Guo, B; McClure, LA; Jaeger, BC; Tison, S; Howard, G; Judd, SE; Howard, VJ; Plante, TB; Zakai, NA; Koh, I; Cheung, KL; Cushman, M. (2021) “Biomarkers as MEDiators of racial disparities in Risk factors (BioMedioR): rationale, study design and statistical considerations.” Annals of Epidemiology 66:24-29. PMCID: PMC8920757.

7. McClure, LA; Lee, NL; Sand, K; Vivanti, G; Fein, D; Stahmer, A; Robins, DL (2021). “Connecting the Dots: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial Integrating Standardized Autism Spectrum Disorders Screening, High-Quality Treatment, and Long-Term Outcomes.” Trials 22(1): 319. PMCID: PMC8091523

8.  Tabb, LP; Ortiz, A; Judd, SE; Cushman, M; McClure, LA (2020). “Exploring the spatial patterning in racial differences in cardiovascular health between blacks and whites across the United States: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study.” Journal of the American Heart Association 9(9). PMCID: PMC7428583

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 - Inaugural Barry P. Katz Lectureship in Biostatistics and Health Data Science
  • 2021 - Kathryn Chaloner Lecture in Statistics and their Application, National Math Alliance
  • 2020 - Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences
  • 2020 - Golden Apple Teaching Award, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2017–2018 - John R. Raymond Mentor Award, Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Statistical Association, Fellow
  • East North American Region of the International Biometrics Society, President (2023)
  • Society for Clinical Trials, Fellow
  • American Public Health Association, member