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Leland Ackerson

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Leland K. AckersonAssociate Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentCommunity Health & Sustainability
  • Phone(978) 934-3128
  • EmailLeland_Ackerson@uml.edu

Research Interests

Social Epidemiology

Health Impacts of Public Policies; Public Opinion of Public Policies; Health Communication; Mass Media; Health Promotion

Education

  • Ph D: Social Epidemiology, (2007), Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
  • Other: Community Health Education, (2000), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
  • MS: Community Health Education, (1998), University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
  • BS: Health Science and Humanities, (1992), University of New England - Biddeford, ME

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Community Health and Sustainability

Publications

  • Janket, S., Ackerson, L.K., Meurman, J.H. (2017) "Potential reverse causation?," International Journal of Cancer
  • Janket, S., Ackerson, L.K. (2015) "Editorial: What is passing through toll gate 4: Lipids or infection?," Archives of Oral Biology 60: pp. 664-666
  • Ferrara, C., Ackerson, L.K., Krieger, R., Fahey, A., Maloof, E., Marley, S., Moran, C., Simone, K. (2015) "Feasibility of a social networking site to promote physical activity in adults," International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 53:2 pp. 58
  • Corsi, D.J., Subramanian, S.V., Ackerson, L.K., Smith, G.D. (2015) "Is there a greater maternal than paternal influence on offspring adiposity in India?," Archives of Disease in Childhood 100:10 pp. 973-979
  • Janket, S.J., Javaheri, H., Ackerson, L.K., Ayilavarapu, S., Meurman, J.H. (2015) "Oral Infections, Metabolic Inflammation, Genetics, and Cardiometabolic Diseases," Journal of dental research 94:9 Suppl pp. 119S-27S
  • Ferrara, C., Ackerson, L.K., Murphy, D.A. (2015) "Attitudes of a Multiethnic Group of Immigrants towards Online Social Networking and Physical Activity: Results from Focus Group Discussions," Californian Journal of Health Promotion 13:2 pp. 61
  • Rhoads, K.F., Ackerson, L.K., Ngo, J.V., Gray-Hazard, F.K., Subramanian, S.V., Dudley, R.A. (2013) "Adequacy of lymph node examination in colorectal surgery: contribution of the hospital versus the surgeon.," Medical Care 51:12 pp. 1055-62
  • Ackerson, L.K., Ramanadhan, S., Arya, M., Viswanath, K. (2012) "Social Disparities, Communication Inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Attitudes in India," AIDS & Behavior 16:7 pp. 2072-2081
  • Hostetler, A.J., Ackerson, L.K. (2011) "Gender, Social Resources, and Health Outcomes among Urban-Dwelling Seniors: Findings from a Low-Income, Subsidized Housing Sample," Gerontologist 51:
  • Rutten, L.J., Blake, K., Hesse, B.W., Ackerson, L.K. (2011) "Isolated and skeptical: Social engagement and trust in information sources among smokers," Journal of Cancer Education 26:3 pp. 465-473
  • Viswanath, K., Ackerson, L.K. (2011) "Race, ethnicity, language, social class, and health communication inequalities: A nationally- representative cross-sectional study," PLoS ONE 6:1
  • Ackerson, L.K., Ramanadhan, S., Arya, M., Viswanath, K. (2011) "Social Disparities, Communication Inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Attitudes in India," AIDS and Behavior pp. 1-10
  • Yaffe, K., Ackerson, L.K., Tamura, M., Le Blanc, P., Kusek, J., Sehgal, A., Cohen, D., Anderson, C., Appel, L., DeSalvo, K., Ojo, A., Seliger, S., Robinson, N., Makos, G., Go, A. (2010) "Chronic kidney disease and cognitive function in older adults: findings from the chronic renal insufficiency cohort cognitive study.," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 58:2 pp. 338 - 345
  • Ackerson, L.K., Viswanath, K. (2010) "Media Attention and Public Perceptions of Cancer and Eastern Equine Encephalitis," Journal of community health 35:4 pp. 409-416
  • Viswanath, K., Ackerson, L.K., Sorensen, G., Gupta, P.C. (2010) "Movies and TV Influence Tobacco Use in India: Findings from a National Survey," PLoS ONE 5:6 pp. 1-8
  • Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2010) "Negative freedom and death in the United States," American Journal of Public Health 100:11 pp. 2163-4
  • Subramanian, S.V., Ackerson, L.K., Smith, G.D. (2010) "Parental BMI and childhood undernutrition in India: An assessment of intrauterine influence," Pediatrics 126:3 pp. 0-0
  • Subramanyam, M.A., Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2010) "Patterning in birthweight in India: Analysis of maternal recall and health card data," PLoS ONE 5:7
  • Janket, S., Meurman, J.H., Baird, A.E., Qvarnstrom, M., Nuutinen, P., Ackerson, L.K., Hong, J., Muthukrishnan, P., Van Dyke, T.E. (2010) "Salivary Immunoglobulins and Prevalent Coronary Artery Disease," Journal of dental research 89:4
  • Subramanian, S.V., Ackerson, L.K., Smith, G.D., John, N.A. (2009) "Association of Maternal Height With Child Mortality, Anthropometric Failure, and Anemia in India," Jama-Journal of the American Medical Association 301:16
  • Ackerson, L.K., Viswanath, K. (2009) "Communication Inequalities, Social Determinants, and Intermittent Smoking in the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey," Preventing Chronic Disease 6:2 pp. 0-0
  • Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2009) "Intimate partner violence and death among infants and children in India," Pediatrics 124:5 pp. 0-0
  • Heimonen, A., Janket, S.J., Kaaja, R., Ackerson, L.K., Muthukrishnan, P., Meurman, J.H. (2009) "Oral inflammatory burden and preterm birth," Journal of periodontology 80:6 pp. 884-891
  • Ackerson, L.K., Viswanath, K. (2009) "Peer Reviewed: Communication Inequalities, Social Determinants, and Intermittent Smoking in the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey," Preventing Chronic Disease 6:2
  • Richman, L.S., Kubzansky, L.D., Maselko, J., Ackerson, L.K., Bauer, M. (2009) "The relationship between mental vitality and cardiovascular health," Psychology and Health 24:8 pp. 919-932
  • Ackerson, L.K., Viswanath, K. (2009) "The social context of interpersonal communication and health," Journal of health communication 14 Suppl 1: pp. 5-17
  • Malhotra, R., Noheria, A., Amir, O., Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2008) "Determinants of termination of breastfeeding within the first 2 years of life in India: evidence from the National Family Health Survey-2," Maternal & child nutrition 4:3 pp. 181-193
  • Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2008) "Domestic violence and chronic malnutrition among women and children in India," American Journal of Epidemiology 167:10 pp. 1188-1196
  • Ackerson, L.K., Kawachi, I., Barbeau, E.M., Subramanian, S.V. (2008) "Effects of individual and proximate educational context on intimate partner violence: A population-based study of women in India," American Journal of Public Health 98:3
  • Ackerson, L.K., Kawachi, I., Barbeau, E.M., Subramanian, S.V. (2008) "Geography of underweight and overweight among women in India: a multilevel analysis of 3204 neighborhoods in 26 states," Economics & Human Biology 6:2 pp. 264-280
  • Subramanian, S.V., Ackerson, L.K., Subramanyam, M., Sivaramakrishnan, K. (2008) "Health inequalities in India: the axes of stratification," Brown J.World Aff. 14:
  • Rhoads, K.F., Ackerson, L.K., Jha, A.K., Dudley, R.A. (2008) "Quality of colon cancer outcomes in hospitals with a high percentage of Medicaid patients," Journal of the American College of Surgeons 207:2
  • Ackerson, L.K., Subramanian, S.V. (2008) "State gender inequality, socioeconomic status and intimate partner violence (IPV) in India: a multilevel analysis," Australian Journal of Social Issues, The 43:1
  • Subramanian, S.V., Ackerson, L.K., Subramanyam, M.A., Wright, R.J. (2007) "Domestic violence is associated with adult and childhood asthma prevalence in India," International journal of epidemiology 36:3 pp. 569-579
  • Ackerson, L.K., Kawachi, I., Barbeau, E.M., Subramanian, S.V. (2007) "Exposure to domestic violence associated with adult smoking in India: a population based study," Tobacco control 16:6 pp. 378-383

Presentations

  • Social disparities, communication inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes in India - American Association of Public Opinion Researchers Annual Conference, May 2011 - Phoenix, AZ.
  • Media and health threats: Public opinion implications of reporting of cancer and eastern equine encephalitis news - Midwest Association of Public Opinion Researchers Annual Meeting, November 2008 - Chicago, IL
  • Social determinants and communication inequalities - American Association of Public Opinion Researchers Annual Conference, May 2008 - New Orleans, LA.
  • Domestic violence and tobacco use in India - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2006 - Boston, MA.

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Co-Investigator: On-line social networking and promotion of recreational physical activity (2011), Grant - School of Health and Environment Seed Grant
  • On-line social networking and promotion of recreational physical activity (2011), Grant - School of Health and Environment
  • Co-Investigator: Greater Lowell Health Alliance Community Needs Assessment (2011), Grant - Lowell General Hospital and Saints Medical Center
  • Greater Lowell Health Alliance Community Needs Assessment (2011), Grant - Lowell General Hospital and Saints Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007), Fellowship - Harvard School of Public Health
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007), Fellowship - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Cancer Prevention Pre-doctoral Fellow (2003), Fellowship - Harvard School of Public Health