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
  • Incidence
  • Health
  • Mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Population
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms

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


Rao, P, Segel, JE, McGregor, LM, Lengerich, EJ, Drabick, JJ & Miller, B 2020, 'Attendance at National Cancer Institute and Children's Oncology Group Facilities for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer in Pennsylvania: A Population-Based Study', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 47-54.
Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Foo, W, Segel, JE, Bluethmann, SM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, Calo, WA, Lengerich, EJ & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in meeting physical activity recommendations and health status in cancer survivors in central Pennsylvania', Supportive Care in Cancer.
Segel, JE & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in the association between individual, facility, and clinical characteristics and travel time for cancer treatment', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, 196.


Concilio, J, Macgregor-Skinner, G, Tswabki, BS & Lengerich, E 2019, 'A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the Spatial and Temporal Relationship Between Boko Haram Activity and Lassa Fever Incidence in Nigeria 2017-2018', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 34, no. S1, pp. S150. <>
Epel, E, Green, P, Jeste, D, Koroukian, S, Lee, S, Lengerich, E, Marcus, M, Marquez, DX, Prohaska, T, Rhodes, L, Rudd, R, Stone, R, Tan, E, Thorpe, RJ, Toy, P, Tucker-Seeley, R & Holman, DM 2019, 'Highlights from an Expert Meeting on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention among Older Adults', Gerontologist, vol. 59, pp. S94-S101.
Wang, M, Chi, G, Bodovski, Y, Holder, SL, Lengerich, EJ, Wasserman, E & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Temporal and spatial trends and determinants of aggressive prostate cancer among Black and White men with prostate cancer', Cancer Causes and Control, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 63-71.
Warrick, J & Lengerich, E 2019, 'Thyroid cancer overdiagnosis and malpractice climate', Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 4, pp. 414-415.


Paskett, ED, Baltic, RD, Syoung, G, Katz, ML, Lesko, SM, Hwebber, K, Roberto, KA, Lengerich, EJ, Schoenberg, NE, Kennedy, SK, Mama, S, Midkiff, CC & Dignan, MB 2018, 'A group randomized trial to reduce obesity among appalachian church members: The walk by faith study', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 27, no. 11, pp. 1289-1297.
Labarge, B, Walter, V, Lengerich, EJ, Crist, H, Karamchandani, D, Williams, N, Goldenberg, D, Bann, DV & Warrick, JI 2018, 'Evidence of a positive association between malpractice climate and thyroid cancer incidence in the United States', PloS one, vol. 13, no. 7, e0199862.
Yee, NS, Lengerich, EJ, Schmitz, KH, Maranki, JL, Gusani, NJ, Tchelebi, L, Mackley, HB, Krok, KL, Baker, MJ, de Boer, C & Yee, JD 2018, 'Frontiers in gastrointestinal oncology: Advances in multi-disciplinary patient care', Biomedicines, vol. 6, no. 2, 64.
Llanos, AAM, Young, GS, Baltic, R, Lengerich, EJ, 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.


Miranda, PY, Yao, N, Snipes, SA, BeLue, R, Lengerich, E & Hillemeier, MM 2017, 'Citizenship, length of stay, and screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in women, 2000–2010', Cancer Causes and Control, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 589-598.


Porter, NR, Eberth, JM, Samson, ME, Garcia-Dominic, O, Lengerich, EJ & Schootman, M 2016, 'Diabetes status and being up-to-date on colorectal cancer screening, 2012 behavioral risk factor surveillance system', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 13, no. 2, 150391.

Clinical Trials Search

Children (age < 18 years)
Adults (age >= 18 years)