Jane McElroy, PhD


University of Missouri researcher Dr. Jane McElroy is uncovering clues to better health.

McElroy studies health issues, both in the general population and among LGBTQ individuals. She co-created Project LOLA (Living Out and Living Actively) to help lesbian and bisexual women better understand health matters and to provide more access to resources.

Much of McElroy’s work relates to individuals with cancer. She has documented that a growing number of patients receive a breast cancer diagnosis over the telephone. Additionally, she has investigated ways in which queer-identifying individuals may experience greater stress during breast cancer treatment. She has also highlighted the fact that queer Black women experience unique struggles when diagnosed with cancer, yet little research exists on the topic.

In addition, McElroy found that, due in part to health inequalities, demographic trends indicate an increase in chronic conditions among gender and sexual minorities. She has examined causes of endometrial cancer and has worked with geographical information systems. And, in collaboration with physician Shamita Misra, she discovered that daily practice of Pranayama yoga could significantly lower blood pressure.

McElroy’s findings have appeared in Women’s Health Issues, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Environmental Health Perspectives and other leading publications.

Dr. Jane McElroy is an associate professor of family and community medicine with appointments in the schools of medicine and health professions.

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Academic Information

Professor of Research


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

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