PhD Student

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center


  • 2005, M.S. in Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa
  • 2003, B.S. in Community Health Education, Iowa State University

Research interests

  • Multilevel health promotion intervention design and research
  • Applications of systems science for health research
  • Community mobilization and capacity building to address health disparities
  • School-based and youth advocacy approaches
  • Mixed methods research

Selected Publications

  • Schmidt-Grimminger, D., Frerichs, L., Watanabe-Galloway, S., Black Bird, A., Workman, K. (2013).  HPV Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs among Northern Plains American Indian Adolescents, Parents, Young Adults, and Health Professionals. Journal of Cancer Education.28(2):357-66. doi: 10.1007/s13187-013-0468-y.
  • Huang, TTK., Sorenson, D., Davis, S., Frerichs, L., Brittin, J., Celentano, J., Callahan, K., Trowbridge, M. (2013). Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013;10:120084. DOI:
  • Frerichs, L., Brittin, J., Stewart, C., Robbins, R., Riggs, C., Mayberger, S., Cervantes, A., Huang, TTK. (2012). SaludableOmaha: Development of a Youth Advocacy Initiative to Increase Community Readiness for Obesity Prevention, 2011-2012. Preventing Chronic Disease. 9:120095.
  • Frerichs, L., Puricelli Perin, D., Huang, TTK. (2012). Current Trends in Childhood Obesity Research. Current Nutrition Reports. 1(4): 228-238.
  • Frerichs, L., Schumacher, K., Watanabe-Galloway, S., Duran, T. (2012). Development of the Northern Plains Native Family Cancer Caregiver Education Program. Journal of Palliative Care. 28(1): 52-59.
  • Watanabe-Galloway, S., Flom, N., Xu, L., Duran, T., Frerichs, L., Kennedy, F., Smith, C., Jaiyeola, A. (2011). Cancer-Related Disparities and Opportunities for Intervention in Northern Plains American Indian Communities. Public Health Reports. 126(3): 318-329.

Selected Presentations

  • Frerichs, L., Araz, O., Huang, TTK. Modeling Social Transmission Dynamics of Unhealthy Behaviors for Evaluating Prevention and Treatment Interventions on Childhood Obesity. The 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, PhD Colloquium, July 21st, 2013, Cambridge, MA.
  • Frerichs, L., Brittin, J., Trowbridge, M., Sorenson, D., Davis, S., Celentano, J., Callahan, K., Huang, TTK. Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture. Poster Presentation at the Obesity Society Annual Conference, September 21-24, 2012, San Antonio, TX.  
  • Frerichs, L., Stewart, C. Grimm, B. Mayberger, S. Calitz, C. Robbins, R. Cervantes, A. Huang, T. Latino Youth Advocacy to Increase Community Readiness for Active Living and Childhood Obesity Prevention. Poster Presentation at Active Living Research Conference, February 22-24, 2011, San Diego, CA.
  • Frerichs, L., Watanabe-Galloway, S. Duran, T. Principles for building a regional program that aims to impact local tribal communities, a case study of the Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.  Poster Presentation at the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Directors Meeting, April 14-17, 2009, Atlanta, GA.

Teaching Experience

  • 2010-2013, Teaching Assistant – Health Behavior, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health
  • 2004-2005, Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • The Obesity Society
  • System Dynamics Society

Contact Leah Frerichs
Leah Frerichs

Phone: 402-559-2921

Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH