Manorama Khare, PhD


Dr. Manorama M. Khare, Ph.D., is a research associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, where she mentors medical students with their research, and supervises rural medicine students doing community-based research. Her current research focuses on using mobile technology to motivate and encourage women in rural communities to increase their physical activity. She has also been involved in developing and evaluating initiatives to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women. This research uses behavioral lifestyle change interventions to motivate women and provide them the skills to increase physical activity and improve eating behaviors.

She is currently the lead evaluator for the CDC funded Illinois WISEWOMAN program, a CVD-risk reduction program for underinsured and uninsured women offered to women across Illinois. Dr. Khare has extensive experience in research related to underserved populations, women’s health, and diversity in higher education. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in 2000.


Original Research (Peer-Reviewed)

Khare MM, Nunez A, James B. Coalition for a Healthier Community: Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Work. Available online: January 2015. Evaluation and Program Planning,

Zimmermann K, Khare MM, Wright C, Hasler A, Kerch S, Moehring P, Geller SE. Application of a Gender-based Approach to Conducting a Community Health Assessment for Rural Women in Southern Illinois. Available online: December 2014. Evaluation and Program Planning,

Zimmermann, K., Khare, MM, Koch, AR., Wright, C., & Geller, S. (2014). Training intervention study participants to disseminate health messages to the community: a new model for translation of clinical research to the community. Clinical and Translational Science, 7(6), 476-481. doi: 10.1111/cts.12239Zimmermann

Khare MM, Cursio J, Locklin C, Bates N, Loo R. Lifestyle Intervention and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction in Low-Income Hispanic Immigrant Women Participating in the Illinois WISEWOMAN Program. J Community Health. 2014 Aug;39(4):737-46. doi: 10.1007/s10900-014-9820-3. PMID:24469546

Khare MM, Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Moehring P, Geller SE. Heart Smart for Women: A Community-based Lifestyle Change Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Rural Women. J Rural Health. 2014 Sep;30(4):359-68. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12066. Epub 2014 Feb 27. PMID:24576081

Tam M, Khare MM (2013). A Successful Effort to Promote and Advance STEM Women. 2013 WEPAN National Conference Proceedings – Engage Everyone: Building an Inclusive Climate for Diverse Communities of Women in STEM.  June 2013, Atlanta, Georgia.

Zimmermann, K., Khare, MM., Huber, R., Moehring, P.A., Koch, A., & Geller, S.E. (2012). Southern Seven Women’s Initiative for Cardiovascular Health: Lessons Learned in Community Health Outreach with Rural Women. American Journal of Health Education, 43(6), 349-355.

Tam M, Khare MM, Wichelecki J (2012). Affecting Work-Life Friendly Policies and Programs for Institutional Transformation: Applying Sturm’s Architecture of Inclusion Framework to WISEST. 2012 WEPAN National Conference Proceedings – Get to the Heart of it All:  The Success of a Diverse Community of Women in STEM. June 2012, Columbus, Ohio.

Khare MM, Carpenter RA, Huber R, Bates NJ, Cursio JF, Balmer PW, Nolen KN, Hudson H, Shippee SJ, Loo RK. Improved Dietary and Physical Activity Outcomes Using a Lifestyle Change Approach to Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction: The Illinois WISEWOMAN Program. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Mar;21(3):294-301. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2011.2926. Epub 2011 Dec 2. PMID: 22136298 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Shirk, S. H., Arreola, V., & Khare, M. (2011). Women in nanotechnology (WIN): A mentoring case study for students in the Chicago region. 2011 WEPAN National Conference Proceedings – Advancing Women: Transforming Engineering Education, Seattle, WA.

Baptiste D, Kapungu C, Khare MM, Barlow-Mosha L, Lewis Y. Integrating Women’s Human Rights into Global Health Research: An Action Framework. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov;19(11):2091-9. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2119. Epub 2010 Oct 25. PMID: 20973667

Godfrey EM, Rubin SE, Smith EJ, Khare MM, Gold M.  Women’s Preference for Receiving Abortion Care in Primary Care Settings.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Mar;19(3):547-53. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2009.1454. PMID: 20156084

Khare MM, Huber R, Carpenter RA, Balmer PW, Bates NJ, Nolen KN, Hudson HK, Lattyak RM, Cursio JF, Loo RK, Farris RP, Will JC. A Lifestyle Approach to Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Underserved Women: Design and Methods of the Illinois WISEWOMAN Program. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2009 Mar;18(3):409-19. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2008.0911. PMID: 19281324