Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Senior Scientist, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Fleisher is a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Associate Research Professor-Adjunct in the Department of Pediatrics, Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has over 30 years of experience as a researcher and health communications and public health practitioner. She has specialized in health education, health communications, and the development and evaluation of innovative health interventions, including digital health interventions. Her research has bridged the fields of Health Communications and Public Health and has an emphasis on consumer informatics, health disparities, health education/communication interventions, and community-participatory and dissemination research. Over the past 10 years her research has also focused on dissemination and implementation practice and research. She is an NCI mentored Fellow in Implementation Science and is conducting research in the implementation of evidence based interventions and best practice.

Programmatically, she leads the Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s emerging Digital Health Program, and in the last 5 years, has expanded this work into an enterprise effort into the development of the Office of Digital Health. She serves as the Research Champion to the Office of Digital Health integrating research into digital health innovation and co-leads CHOP’s mHealth Research Affinity Group. She is Co-PI on a randomized trial to improve informed decision making about clinical trial participation in adult cancer patients and explore implementation factors to integrating patient focused tools in clinical practice and PI of an NSF grant to address disparities in the participation of women and minority entrepreneurs in SBIR/STTR funding. She also is a co-investigator on a PCORI funded project to adapt and implement evidence-based cancer screening interventions into practice.

Dr. Fleisher has developed numerous health education materials and resources, conducted program evaluations and research projects and directed the NCI's Atlantic Region CIS Program for almost 15 years, including the CIS Information Service for Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey for 11 years. The regional CIS program served almost 1/2 million people under Dr. Fleisher's leadership. She also founded Fox Chase Cancer Center's Patient Resource Education Center in 2000, which is one of the first multi-media patient education programs at a comprehensive cancer center, serving over 30,000 people to date. Dr. Fleisher was a Co-PI on the Cancer Information Service Research Consortium (CISRC) program project grant, which consists of three projects focused on treatment decision-making (early stage prostate and breast cancer ‚ projects 1 and 2) and adjustment for women who have completed early stage breast cancer treatment (project 3).

She has extensive experience in health communications, designing and leading both regional and national level programs and research projects addressing patients' information and decision making needs as well as building partnerships with organizations. Building on these programs, she developed a portfolio of pragmatic research focused on designing and implementing multi-media educational interventions. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing surveys with health professionals and patients, as well as developed and conducted formative research (e.g. focus groups, interviews, usability testing). This work has required building networks and partnerships with diverse audiences, including health care organizations, software developers, patients, and community leaders. She continues to build this network, both internally and externally.

Additionally, she sits on several boards or committees, including the Community Advisory Board of the Northern Appalachia Cancer Network, the Intercultural Cancer Council, and the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium Steering Committee. She is adjunct teaching faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s and Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health’s Masters in Public Health programs.