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Leslie Dennis PhD, MS

Leslie  Dennis PhD, MS

Professor

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1295 N. Martin
Campus PO Box: 245211
Drachman Hall A230
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-6408
ldennis@email.arizona.edu

Biography

Leslie K. Dennis, MS, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 1993, and her MS in Biometrics in 1988 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Dennis’ research focus is on melanoma and prostate cancer etiology and prevention as related to environmental risk factors. She has used tools such as mailed questionnaires, telephone interviews along with molecular analyses of trace elements and sexually transmitted infections to conduct this research. She also has expertise in conducting meta-analyses as related to risk factors for cancer. Dr. Dennis is a reviewer for several cancer and epidemiological journals. She has reviewed R03 and K07 applications for the NCI and spent 5 years as a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society including chairing the Clinical Research, Cancer Control and Epidemiology peer grant review committee.

Dr. Dennis believes that while the outcomes of graduate level courses will include some factual knowledge, they should be focused on increasing a student’s ability to synthesize knowledge, apply concepts, develop problem solving skills, and to think and learn independently. Thus, her goals as a teacher are to assist students in problem solving in order to prepare students and junior faculty to be independent researchers.

Research Interests:

  • Cancer Epidemiology with a focus in
    • Melanoma
    • Prostate Cancer
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Use of meta-analysis to help focus research
  • Behavioral Epidemiology

Teaching Interests:

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Conducting a Meta-analysis

Selected Publications:

Dennis LK, Beane Freeman LE, VanBeek MJ. Sunscreen use and melanoma: a quantitative review. Annals Internal Med. 2003; 139(12):966-78. [PMID: 14678916].

Beane Freeman LE, Dennis LK, Lynch CF, Thorne PS, Just CL. Toenail arsenic content and cutaneous melanoma in Iowa. Am J Epidemiol. 2004; 160(7):679-87. [PMID: 15383412]. †

Dennis LK, VanBeek MJ, Beane Freeman LE, Smith BJ, Dawson DV, Coughlin JA. Sunburns and risk of cutaneous melanoma: does age matter? a comprehensive meta-analysis. Annals of Epidemiology. 2008; 18(8):614-27. [PMID: 18652979].

Dennis LK, Lowe JB, Lynch CF, Alavanja MC. Cutaneous melanoma and obesity in the Agricultural Health Study. Annals of Epidemiology. 2008; 18(3):214-21. [PMID: 18280921]. (PMCID: PMC2459339)

Beining RM, Dennis LK, Smith EM, Dokras A. Meta-analyses of intrauterine device use and risk of endometrial cancer. Annals of Epidemiology. 2008; 18(6):492-9. [PMID: 18261926]. †

Dennis LK, Lowe JB, Snetselaar LG. Tanning behavior among young frequent tanners is related to attitudes and not lack of knowledge about the dangers. Health Education Journal. 2009; 68(3):232-44.

Tsai RJ, Dennis LK, Lynch CF, Snetselaar LG, Zamba GK, Scott-Conner C. The risk of developing arm lymphedema among breast cancer survivors: a meta-analysis of treatment factors. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2009; 16(7):1952-72. [PMID: 19365624]. †

Dennis LK, Coughlin JA, McKinnon BC, Wells TS, Gaydos CA, Hamsikova E, Gray GC. Sexually transmitted infections and prostate cancer among men in the US military. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009; 18(10):2665-71. [PMID: 19755645].

Dennis LK, Kancherla V, Snetselaar LG. Adolescent attitudes towards tanning: does age matter? Pediatric Health. 2009; 3(6):565-78.

Dennis LK, Lynch CF, Sandler DP, Alavanja MC. Pesticide use and cutaneous melanoma in pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Heath Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2010; 118:812-7. [PMID: 20164001]

† Manuscripts resulting from student dissertation projects or master theses.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Dennis’ research focus is on melanoma and prostate cancer etiology and prevention as related to environmental risk factors. She has used tools such as mailed questionnaires, telephone interviews along with molecular analyses of trace elements and sexually transmitted infections to conduct this research. She also has expertise in conducting meta-analyses as related to risk factors for cancer.

The University of Arizona