Jane McElroy, PhD


As the life expectancy for Americans continues to climb, efforts to prevent chronic illness, as well as encourage healthy lifestyle choices, have become increasingly important for health care providers. Using biomarkers to understand exposures provides valuable insight into the etiology of diseases such as cancer. On a population level, engaging communities, such as Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM, aka LGBTQ) individuals, in the fight to eliminate health disparities also leads to improved health.

JANE McELROY wants people to maintain good health, especially as they age. She understands that by making smart lifestyle choices, people can stay healthy and help prevent many chronic diseases from developing. Her expertise relies on survey construction, study designs and enrollment/retention of study participants. In her research, she is studying environmental exposures, particularly metals, health outcomes (e.g., cancer etiology, hypertension), and patient-centered care within the cancer continuum to improve health, especially among SGM and African American individuals.

Academic Information

Associate Professor


One Hospital Drive
MA306 Medical Sciences Building, DC032.00
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-4993

Research Interests

  • Cancer and Chronic Diseases
  • Environmental Exposures with Metals
  • Geographical Information Systems

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

PhD: Environmental Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Awards & Honors


Invited Attendee, nominated by MU Women in Medicine and Medical Sciences
AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Development Seminar
Atlanta, GA

Invited Speaker: “Six pillars for effective community engagement”
University of Missouri System Research Summit at St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

In the News


For a complete publication list, see: My Bibliography (NCBI Collections)


Breaking bad news of a breast cancer diagnosis over the telephone: an emerging trend.
Support Care Cancer. 2018;DOI: 10.1007/s00520-018-4383-y
McElroy JA, Proulx CM, Johnson L, Heiden-Rootes KM, Albright EL, Smith J, Brown MT.

Changes in blood pressure after the 2016 United States presidential election. Analyses in response to "The Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Clinic and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Healthy Adults" by Edmondson et al.
Psychosomatic Medicine. 2018;80(6):588-589.
Hodges KL, McElroy JA, Misra S.

Determination of volatile organic compounds in child care centers by thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Analytical Methods. 2018; 10(7): 730-742.
Vu DC, Ho TL, Vo P, Carlo G, McElroy JA, Davis A, Nagel SC, Lin CH.

Sexual and gender minority breast cancer patients choosing bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction: “I feel like I now have a body that fits me.”
Women and Health. 2018;58(4):403-418.
Brown MT, McElroy JA.

Socioeconomic status and other factors associated with childhood obesity.
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM. 2018;31(4):514-521.
Williams AS, Ge B, Petroski G, Kruse RL, McElroy JA, Koopman RJ.

Unmet support needs of sexual and gender minority breast cancer survivors.
Supportive Care in Cancer. 2018;26(4):1189-1196.
Brown MT, McElroy JA.


Cadmium exposure and endometrial cancer risk: a large midwestern U.S. population-based case-control study.
PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource]. 2017;12(7):e0179360.
McElroy JA, Kruse RL, Guthrie J, Gangnon RE, Robertson JD.

Can smokefree policies reduce tobacco use disparities of sexual and gender minorities in Missouri?
Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2017;DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntx078.
Wintemberg J, McElroy J, Ge B, Everett K.

Chronic illnesses and conditions in sexual and gender minority individuals in LGBT health: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities.
Editors K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob C Warren, Nikki Barefoot Springer Publishing Company, New York. Pages 83-102.
McElroy JA, Brown M.

Comparing women with and without disabilities in five-site “Healthy Weight” interventions for lesbian/bisexual women over 40.
Disability & Health Journal. 2017;10(2):271-278.
Eliason MJ, McElroy JA, Garbers S, Radix A, Toms BL.

Fast and reliable method for As speciation in urine samples containing low levels of As by LC-ICP-MS: focus on epidemiological studies.
Talanta. 2017;165:76-83.
Carioni VMO, McElroy JA, Guthrie JM, Ngwenyama RA, Brockman JD.

Rainbows or ribbons? Queer black women searching for a place in the cancer sisterhood.
In: Follins LD, Lassiter J, editors. Black LGBT health in the United States: the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Lanham: Lexington Books; 2017. p. 103-120.
Johnson LP, McElroy JA.

Sexual and gender minority breast cancer patients choosing bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction: “I feel like I now have a body that fits me.”
Women and Health. 2017;doi: 10.1080/03630242.2017.1310169
Brown MT, McElroy JA.

Sexual and gender minority’s social media user characteristics: examining preferred health information.
Health Mark Q. 2017;DOI: 10.1080/07359683.2017.1310553
Park H, Rodgers S, McElroy JA, Everett K.

Urinary cadmium and breast cancer: a prospective Danish cohort study.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2017;109(2):1-7.
Eriksen KT, McElroy JA, Harrington JM, Levine KE, Pedersen C, Sorensen M, Tjonneland A, Meliker JR, Raaschou-Nielsen O.


Effects of mindfulness interventions on health outcomes in older lesbian/bisexual women.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S53-S62.
Ingraham N, Eliason MJ, Garbers S, Harbatkin D, Minnis AM, McElroy JA, Haynes SG.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and oil and natural gas operations: potential environmental contamination and recommendations to assess complex environmental mixtures.
Environmental Health Perspectives. 2016;124(3):256-264.
Kassotis CD, Tillitt DE, Lin CH, McElroy JA, Nagel SC.

Giving and taking away: the role of recess staff in youth physical activity.
Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2016;3(6):557-567.
Johnson LP, Wilhelm Stanis SA, Lin L, McElroy JA, LeMaster JW, Nilon CH, Sayers SP.

Healthy weight in lesbian and bisexual women aged 40 and older: an effective intervention in 10 cities using tailored approaches.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S18-S35.
McElroy JA, Haynes SG, Eliason MJ, Wood SF, Gilbert T, Barker LT, Minnis AM.

“I have to age in this body:” lesbian and bisexual older women’s perspectives on a health behavior intervention.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S63-S80.
McElroy JA, Washington KT, Wintemberg JJ, Williams AS, Redman SD.

Obese but fit: the relationship of fitness to metabolically healthy but obese status among sexual minority women.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S81-S88.
McElroy JA, Gilbert T, Hair EC, Mathews KJ, Redman SD, Williams AS.

Program design for healthy weight in lesbian and bisexual women: a ten-city prevention initiative.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S7-S17.
Fogel SC, McElroy JA, Garbers S, McDonnell C, Brooks J, Eliason MJ, Ingraham N, Osborn A, Rayyes N, Redman SD, Wood SF, Haynes SG.

Recruitment and participation of older lesbian and bisexual women in intervention research.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S43-S52.
Wood SF, Brooks J, Eliason MJ, Garbers S, McElroy JA, Ingraham N, Haynes SG.

The association of resilience, perceived stress and predictors of depressive symptoms in sexual and gender minority youths and adults.
Psychology and Sexuality. 2016;7(2):116-130.
McElroy JA, Wintemberg JJ, Cronk NJ, Everett KD.

The right space at the right time: the relationship between children’s physical activity and land use/land cover.
Landscape and Urban Planning. 2016;151:21-32.
Matisziw TC, Nilon CH, Wilhelm Stanis SA, LeMaster JW, McElroy JA, Sayers SP.

The “something else” of sexual orientation: measuring sexual identities of older lesbian and bisexual women using National Health Interview Survey questions.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S71-S80.
Eliason MJ, Radix A, McElroy JA, McAllister JA, Garbers S, Haynes SG.


A persistent disparity: smoking in rural sexual and gender minorities.
LGBT Health. 2015;2(1):62-70.
Bennett K, McElroy JA, Johnson AO, Munk N, Everett KD.

A systematic review of the literature on weight in sexual minority women.
Womens Health Issues. 2015;25(2):162-175.
Eliason MJ, Ingraham N, Fogel SC, McElroy JA, Lorvick J, Mauery DR, Haynes S.

Advancing health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients in Missouri.
Missouri Medicine. 2015;112(4):262-265.
McElroy JA, Wintemberg JJ, Haller KA.

Aging, weight, and health among adult lesbian and bisexual women: a metasynthesis of the multisite “Healthy Weight Initiative” focus groups.
LGBT Health. 2015;2(2):176-187.
Garbers S, McDonnell C, Fogel SC, Eliason M, Ingraham N, McElroy JA, Radix A, Haynes SG.

Comparison of lesbian and bisexual women to heterosexual women’s screening prevalence for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in Missouri.
LGBT Health. 2015;2(2):188-192.
McElroy JA, Wintemberg JJ, Williams A.

Dietary cadmium intake and risk of prostate cancer: a Danish prospective cohort study.
BMC Cancer. 2015;15:177.
Eriksen KT, Halkjaer J, Meliker JR, McElroy JA, Sorensen M, Tjonneland A, Raaschou-Nielsen O.

Dietary intake estimates and urinary cadmium levels in Danish postmenopausal women.
PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource]. 2015;10(9):e0138784.
Vacchi-Suzzi C, Eriksen KT, Levine K, McElroy JA, Tjonneland A, Raaschou-Nielsen O, Harrington JM, Meliker JR.

Experiences of sexual and gender minorities caring for adults with non-AIDS-related chronic illnesses.
Social Work Research. 2015;39(2):71-81.
Washington KT, McElroy J, Albright D, Parker Oliver D, Lewis A, Meadows S, Elliott S.

Smoking and intention to quit among a large sample of black sexual and gender minorities.
Journal of Homosexuality. 2015;62(5):604-620.
Jordan JN, Everett KD, Ge B, McElroy JA.