Original Research (Peer-Reviewed) 

Carnahan LC, Rauscher GH, Watson KS, Altfeld S, Zimmermann K, Ferrans CE, Molina Y. (2020). Comparing the roles of social context, networks, and perceived social functioning with health-related quality of life among rural female cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05497-8.

Brewer KC, Peacock NR, Ferrans CE, Campbell RT, Polite B, Carnahan LR, Rauscher GH. (2020). Gender- and race-based differences in barriers and facilitators to early detection of colon cancer. Journal of Women’s Health. Advance online publication.

Lewis-Thames MW, Carnahan LR, James AS, Watson, KS, Molina Y. (2020). Understanding post-treatment patient-provider communication and follow-up care among self-identified rural cancer survivors in Illinois. Journal of Rural Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12414

Strayhorn S, Carnahan LR, Zimmermann K, Hastert T, Watson KS, Ferrans CE, Molina Y. (2020). Co-morbidities, treatment-related consequences and health-related quality of life among rural cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. 28(4), 1839-1848.

Hallgren E, Hastert TA, Carnahan LR, Eberth JM, Mama S, Watson K, Molina Y. (2020). Cancer-related debt and mental health-related quality of life among rural cancer survivors: Do social networks moderate the relationship? Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 61(1), 113-130.

Carnahan L, Jones L, Brewer K, Watts E, Peterson C, Ferrans C, Cipriano T, Polite B, Maker A, Chowdhery R, Molina Y, Rauscher G. (2019). Race and gender differences in awareness of colorectal cancer screening tests and guidelines among recently diagnosed colon cancer patients in an urban setting.  Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication.

Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Khare M, Chakraborty A, Risser H, Molina Y, Geller S. (2019). Effectiveness of a faith-placed cardiovascular health promotion intervention for rural adults. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 12(6), 95-111.

Carnahan LR, Zimmermann K, Khare, MM, Paulsey E, Molina Y, Wilbur J, Geller SE. (2018).  Physical activity and masculinity in rural men: A qualitative study of men recruited from churches. Health Education Research, 33(2), 145-154.

Molina Y, Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Paulsey E, Bigman CA, Khare MM, Zahnd W, & Jenkins W. (2018). Rural women’s perceptions about cancer disparities and contributing factors: A call to communication. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(4), 749-756.

Carnahan L, Zimmermann K, Peacock N. (2016). What rural women want the public health community to know about access to healthful food: A qualitative study, 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E57 1-11.

Carnahan L, Geller S, Leshabari S, Sangu W, Hanselman B, Patil C. (2016). Understanding barriers to optimal care during facility delivery in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 135(3) 268-271.

Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Paulsey E, Molina Y. (2016). Healthcare eligibility and availability and healthcare reform: Are we addressing rural women’s barriers to accessing care? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4A), 204-219.

Zimmermann K, Carnahan L, Peacock N. (2016). Age-associated perceptions of physical activity facilitators and barriers among women in rural southernmost Illinois. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E138 1-11.

Robinson N, Kapungu C, Carnahan L, Geller S. (2014). Translating Research into Policy and Practice: Recommendations for Scale-Up of Community Based Misoprostol Distribution Programs. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 125(3), 285-288.

Geller S, Carnahan L, Agyemang R, Akosah E, Asare G, Dickson R, Kapungu C, Owusu-Ansah L, Robinson N, Mensah-Homiah J. (2014).  Community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage at home births in rural Ghana. BJOG, 121(3), 319-326.

Kapungu C, Mensah-Homiah J, Akosah E, Asare G, Carnahan L, Frimpong M, Mensah-Bonsu P, Ohemeng-Daapah S, Owusu-Ansah L, Geller S, for the Ghana PPH Study Group. (2012). A community-based continuum of care model for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 120(2), 156-159.

Raghavan S., Geller S., Miller S., Goudar S., Anger S., Yadavannavar M.,…Winikoff B. (in press). Misoprostol for primary versus secondary prevention of postpartum haemorrhage: a cluster-randomized non-inferiority community trial. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Lal A., Geller S., Scott S., & Hibbard J.U. (in press). Assessment of hospital readiness for obstetric hemorrhage. Evidence Based Women’s Health Journal.

Gass, M. L., Maki, P. M., Shifren, J. L., Schnatz, P. F., Kaunitz, A. M., Shapiro, M., & Sievert, L. L. (2015). NAMS supports judicious use of systemic hormone therapy for women aged 65 years and older. Menopause22(7), 685-686. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000491

MacDonald, E. J., Lawton, B., & Geller, S. E. (2015). Contraception post severe maternal morbidity: A retrospective audit. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2015.05.012. [Epub ahead of print]

Maki, P. M., Mordecai, K. L., Rubin, L. H., Sundermann, E., Savarese, A., Eatough, E., & Drogos, L. (2015). Menstrual cycle effects on cortisol responsivity and emotional retrieval following a psychosocial stressor. Hormones and Behavior. doi:S0018-506X(15)30002-7 [Epub ahead of print]

Khare, M. M., Nunez, A. E., & James, B. F. (2015). Coalition for a healthier community: Lessons learned and implications for future work. Evaluation and Program Planning, 51, 85-88. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.01.001

Maki, P. M., Rubin, L. H., Valcour, V., Martin, E., Crystal, H., Young, M., . . . Anastos, K. (2015). Cognitive function in women with HIV: Findings from the women’s interagency HIV study. Neurology, 84(3), 231-240. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000001151

Wong, C. A., Scott, S., Jones, R. L., Walzer, J., & Geller, S. (2015). The state of Illinois obstetric hemorrhage project: Pre-project and post-training examination scores. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 1-5. doi:10.3109/14767058.2015.1021672

Rubin, L. H., Carter, C. S., Drogos, L. L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Sweeney, J. A., & Maki, P. M. (2015). Effects of sex, menstrual cycle phase, and endogenous hormones on cognition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 166(1-3), 269-275. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2015.04.039

Zimmermann, K., Khare, M.M., Wright, C., Hasler, A.C., Moehring, P.A., Kerch, S., & Geller, S.E. (2015). Application of a gender-based approach to conducting a community health assessment for rural women in southern Illinois. Evaluation and Program Planning, 51, 27-34doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.12.004

Rubin, L. H., Cook, J. A., Weber, K. M., Cohen, M. H., Martin, E., Valcour, V., . . . Maki, P. M. (2015). The association of perceived stress and verbal memory is greater in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women. Journal of Neurovirology, 21(4), 422-432. doi:10.1007/s13365-015-0331-5

Geller, S. E.Koch, A. R., Martin, N. J., Prentice, P., Rosenberg, D., & Illinois Department of Public Health Maternal Mortality Review Committee Working Group. (2015). Comparing two review processes for determination of preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois. Maternal and Child Health Journal, (1). doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1782-2

Scherzer, R., Bacchetti, P., Messerlian, G., Goderre, J., Maki, P. M., Seifer, D. B., . . . Greenblatt, R. M. (2015). Impact of CD4+ lymphocytes and HIV infection on anti-mullerian hormone levels in a large cohort of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 73(3), 273-284. doi:10.1111/aji.12332

Sundermann, E. E., Bishop, J. R., Rubin, L. H., Little, D. M., Meyer, V. J., Martin, E., . . . Maki, P. M. (2015). Genetic predictor of working memory and prefrontal function in women with HIV. Journal of Neurovirology, 21(1), 81-91. doi:10.1007/s13365-014-0305-z

Thurston, R. C., Aizenstein, H. J., Derby, C. A., Sejdic, E., & Maki, P. M. (2015). Menopausal hot flashes and white matter hyperintensities. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000481 [Epub ahead of print]

Thurston, R. C., Maki, P. M., Derby, C. A., Sejdic, E., & Aizenstein, H. J. (2015). Menopausal hot flashes and the default mode network. Fertility and Sterility, 103(6), 1572-1578. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.03.008

Valcour, V., Rubin, L. H., Tien, P., Anastos, K., Young, M., Mack, W., . . . Maki, P. M. (2015). Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) modulates the associations between insulin resistance and cognition in the current combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) era: A study of the women’s interagency HIV study (WIHS). Journal of Neurovirology, 21(4), 415-421. doi:10.1007/s13365-015-0330-6

Geller S.E.Koch A.R., Martin N.J., Rosenberg D., & Bigger H. (2014). Assessing preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois: 2002-2012. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 211(6), 698.e1-698.e11. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2014.06.046

Rubin, L. H., Sundermann, E. E., Cook, J. A., Martin, E. M., Golub, E. T., Weber, K. M., . . . Maki, P. M. (2014). Investigation of menopausal stage and symptoms on cognition in human immunodeficiency virus-infected women. Menopause, 21(9), 997-1006. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000203

Khare, M. M., Cursio, J. F., Locklin, C. A., Bates, N. J., & Loo, R. K. (2014). Lifestyle intervention and cardiovascular disease risk reduction in low-income Hispanic immigrant women participating in the Illinois WISEWOMAN program. Journal of Community Health, 39(4), 737-746. doi:10.1007/s10900-014-9820-3

Robinson, N., Moshabela, M., Owusu-Ansah, L., Kapungu, C., & Geller, S. (2014). Barriers to intrauterine device uptake in a rural setting in Ghana. Health Care for Women International, 1-19. doi:10.1080/07399332.2014.946511

Lawton, B., MacDonald, E. J., Brown, S. A., Wilson, L., Stanley, J., Tait, J. D., . . . Geller, S. E. (2014). Preventability of severe acute maternal morbidity. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 210(6), 557.e1-557.e6. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2013.12.032

Zimmermann, K.Khare, M.M.Koch, A.R., Wright, C., & Geller, S.E. (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.12239

Khare, M.M.Koch, A.R.Zimmermann, K., Huber, R., Moehring, P.A., Wright, C., Hasler, A.C., & Geller, S.E. (2014). Heart smart for women: A lifestyle change intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk in rural women. Journal of Rural Health, 30(4), 359-368. doi:10.1111/jrh.12066

Robinson N., Kapungu C.Carnahan L, & Geller S. (2014). Translating research into policy and practice: Recommendations for scale-up of community based misoprostol distribution programs. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 125(3), 285-288. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.12.005

Geller, S.Carnahan, L., Akosah, E., Asare, G., Agyemang, R., Dickson, R., . . . Mensah-Homiah, J. (2014). Community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum haemorrhage at home births: Results from operations research in rural Ghana. BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 121(3), 319-325. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.12447

Walega, D. R., Rubin, L. H., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L. P., & Maki, P. M. (2014). Effects of stellate ganglion block on vasomotor symptoms: Findings from a randomized controlled clinical trial in postmenopausal women. Menopause, 21(8), 807-814. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000194

Lawton B.A, Koch A., Stanley J., & Geller S.E. (2013). The effect of midwifery care on caesarean section rates. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 123(3), 213-216. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.06.033

Drogos, L. L., Rubin, L. H., Geller, S. E., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L. P., & Maki, P. M. (2013). Objective cognitive performance is related to subjective memory complaints in midlife women with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms. Menopause, 20(12), 1236-1242. doi:10.1097/GME.0b013e318291f5a6

El Ayadi, A., Raifman, S., Jega, F., Butrick, E., Ojo, Y., Geller, S., & Miller, S. (2013). Comorbidities and lack of blood transfusion may negatively affect maternal outcomes of women with obstetric hemorrhage treated with NASG. PloS One, 8(8), e70446. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070446

El Ayadi A.M., Robinson N., Geller S., & Miller, S. (2013). Advances in the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 8(6), 525-537.

Nagel, J. D., Koch, A., Guimond, J. M., Glavin, S., & Geller, S. (2013). Building the women’s health research workforce: Fostering interdisciplinary research approaches in women’s health. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2(5), 24-29. doi:10.7453/gahmj.2013.049

Kapungu, C. T., Mensah-Homiah, J., Akosah, E., Asare, G., Carnahan, L., Frimpong, M. A., . . . Ghana PPH Study Group. (2013). A community-based continuum of care model for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 120(2), 156-159. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.08.021

Chor, J., Patil, K., Goudar, S., Kodkany, B., & Geller, S. (2012). Provider insights on barriers and opportunities for birth spacing utilization in Karnataka, India. Health Care for Women International, 33(11), 1035-1045. doi:10.1080/07399332.2012.700972

Khare, M. M., Carpenter, R. A., Huber, R., Bates, N. J., Cursio, J. F., Balmer, P. W., . . . Loo, R. K. (2012). Lifestyle intervention and cardiovascular risk reduction in the Illinois WISEWOMAN program. Journal of Women’s Health, 21(3), 294-301. doi:10.1089/jwh.2011.2926

Kilpatrick, S. J., Prentice, P., Jones, R. L., & Geller, S. (2012). Reducing maternal deaths through state maternal mortality review. Journal of Women’s Health, 21(9), 905-909. doi:10.1089/jwh.2011.3398

Zimmermann, K.Khare, M.M., Huber, R., Moehring, P.A., Koch, A.R., & 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.

Kapungu C.Koch,A., Miller S.E., & Geller S.E. (2012). A community-based continuum of care model for treatment of post-partum hemorrhage. In: S. Arulkumaran, C. B. Lynch, L.B. Keith, A.B. Lalonde and M. Karoshi (Eds.), A comprehensive textbook of post-partum hemorrhage (2nd ed., pp. 555-561). London: Sapiens Publishing.

Geller S.E.Koch A., Pellettieri B., & Carnes M. (2011). Inclusion, analysis and reporting of sex and race/ethnicity in clinical trials: Have we made progress? Journal of Women’s Health, 20(3), 315-320. doi:10.1089/jwh.2010.2469

Della Torre M., Kilpatrick S.J., Hibbard J.U., Simonson L., Scott S., Koch A., Schy D., & Geller S.E. (2011). Assessing preventability for obstetric hemorrhage. American Journal of Perinatology, 28(10), 753-760. doi:10.1055/s-0031-1280856

Baptiste, D., Kapungu, C.Khare, M. M., Lewis, Y., & Barlow-Mosha, L. (2010). Integrating women’s human rights into global health research: An action framework. Journal of Women’s Health, 19(11), 2091-2099. doi:10.1089/jwh.2010.2119

Godfrey, E. M., Rubin, S. E., Smith, E. J., Khare, M. M., & Gold, M. (2010). Women’s preference for receiving abortion in primary care settings. Journal of Women’s Health, 19(3), 547-553. doi:10.1089/jwh.2009.1454

Avery, A., Zimmermann, K., Underwood, P.W., & Magnus, J.H. (2009). Confident commitment is a key factor for sustained breastfeeding. Birth, 36(2), 141-148doi:10.1111/j.1523-536X.2009.00312.x

Khare, M. M., Huber, R., Carpenter, R. A., Balmer, P. W., Bates, N. J., Nolen, K. N., . . . Will, J. C. (2009). A lifestyle approach to reducing cardiovascular risk factors in underserved women: Design and methods of the Illinois WISEWOMAN program. Journal of Women’s Health, 18(3), 409-419. doi:10.1089/jwh.2008.0911


Khare, M.M. & Owens, L. (2006). Faculty Work Climate Survey, University of Illinois at Chicago.

In 2004, the campus conducted a study of the working environment for tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The survey was designed to capture the perceptions of the faculty members regarding their workplace: what they like, what they dislike, what is important in their daily life, and what enhances or impedes productivity. The goal was to inform how to improve job satisfaction and faculty success at UIC. Faculty members in the two colleges responded with a resounding rate of 67%.

The results are presented in a report, available at:

Zimmermann, K., Hurtig, J., & Small, E. Tools of the Trade: A CWIT Guide to Participatory Evaluation. Chicago: UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender.

Tools of the Trade: A CWIT Guide to Participatory Evaluation is the product of many years of collaboration between CRWG and Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT). While the examples in the guide focus on situations relating to CWIT programs and initiatives, the content of the guide is general enough to be of use to any program, organization or other group interested in participatory evaluation based in feminist principles. This guide is designed to be both a teaching manual for an organization’s first evaluation and a resource to return to for future evaluations. The guide takes the user through each step of the evaluation process. In order to support the capacity of women and gender-centered community groups and organizations to document, analyze, and evaluate their own programs and policies, CWIT and CRWG decided to make the guide available on-line at Tools of the Trade.

Hoersch, M. & Morrissey, C. (2004). Beyond Parity Workbook for Action: Transforming Academic Medicine Through Women’s LeadershipChicago: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, Region V.

The CoE has continued the efforts started by the conference, “Beyond Parity: Transforming Academic Medicine through Women’s Leadership” by producing and disseminating the Beyond Parity Workbook for Action. The workbook was created to help academic medical centers identify barriers to women’s advancement and begin the process of equity transformation. Successful efforts to increase the promotion, recruitment, and retention of women academics at medical institutions across the US are highlighted.

The Beyond Parity Workbook for Action is available online at:
Beyond Parity Workbook for Action (PDF format)
Beyond Parity Workbook Cover (PDF format)

Wenzel, S.A. & Brill E. (1998). Mapping a Path for Evaluation: A Planning Guide, Second Edition. Chicago: Girl’s Best Friend Foundation.

Stacy A. Wenzel and Elizabeth Brill, in collaboration with Alice Dan, Cheryl Graves, Cynthia McLachlan, Margaret Strobel, and Luule Vess, have written this use-friendly guide with the goal of helping organizations conduct project evaluations. The result of a collaboration between CRWG and Girl’s Best Friend Foundation, this straight forward guide takes the mystery out of research evaluation by remaining sensitive to the complexity of the evaluation process.

To receive a copy of Mapping a Path for Evaluation, please call 312-413-1924.


Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, (2001) edited by Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast.This book is the first scholarly and comprehensive reference work on American urban women. It contains biographical sketches of about 400 women who lived and worked in the Chicago area between 1790 and 1990. To order your copy contact Indiana University Press, 601 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404, (812) 855-8817 or 1-800-842-6796.