Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS

Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research
Head, Section of Public Health Preparedness
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

Dr. Eugene Lengerich joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in July 1998. He is an epidemiologist with more than 25 years of experience in community- and clinic-based research to reduce the risk for acute and chronic diseases, especially among vulnerable populations. He has a special interest in translational research that addresses health disparities related to race, ethnicity or residence in a rural or Appalachian community. His research has received funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, Health Resources and Services Administration, Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Lengerich has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and helped to develop digital atlases and story maps that visualize and disseminate disease surveillance data so as to inform future health research, policy development, and program implementation.

For Penn State Cancer Institute, he is the Associate Director for Health Disparities and Engagement and Director of the Community Sciences and Health Outcomes Shared Resource. Through these appointments, he fosters Cancer Institute member research to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes for residents of the 28-county Penn State Cancer Institute catchment area in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Lengerich and his wife also own and operate a small family farm in central Pennsylvania.

  • Neoplasms
  • Appalachian Region
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Health
  • Incidence
  • Mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Research

Clinical Trials

Communication Preferences Related to Over Screening for Cancer Among Older Adults
Randomized Study of Patient Navigation for Women Diagnosed with Dense Breast Tissue on a Breast Cancer Screening Mammography
Cancer Incidence in the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute

Recent Publications




Llanos, AAM, Young, GS, Baltic, R, Lengerich, E, Aumiller, BB, Dignan, MB & Paskett, ED 2018, 'Predictors of willingness to participate in biospecimen donation and biobanking among appalachian adults' Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 743-766.






Du, P, Camacho, F, McCall-Hosenfeld, J, Lengerich, E, Meyers, C & Christensen, N 2015, 'Human papillomavirus vaccination among adults and children in 5 US states', Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 573-583.
Branstetter, SA, Lengerich, E, Dignan, M & Muscat, J 2015, 'Knowledge and perceptions of tobacco-related media in rural Appalachia', Rural and Remote Health, vol. 15, no. 1, 3136.
Baltic, RD, Weier, RC, Katz, ML, Kennedy, SK, Lengerich, E, Lesko, SM, Reese, D, Roberto, KA, Schoenberg, NE, Young, GS, Dignan, MB & Paskett, ED 2015, 'Study design, intervention, and baseline characteristics of a group randomized trial involving a faith-based healthy eating and physical activity intervention (Walk by Faith) to reduce weight and cancer risk among overweight and obese Appalachian adults', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 44, pp. 1-10.

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