Jane McElroy, PhD

Profile

THE CHALLENGE
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. She hopes her work will decrease the incidences of chronic illness as well as increase healthy lifestyle choices. In her research, she is studying environmental exposures, particularly metals and health outcomes (eg, cancer etiology, hypertension) to address health disparities experienced by SGM and African American individuals.

Academic Information

Associate Professor
P. 573-882-4993

Research Interests

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

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

Environmental Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Publications

My Bibliography (NCBI Collections)

2018

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.

2017

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 gender and sexual minority individuals.
In: Smalley KB, Warren JC, Barefoot KN, editors. LGBT health: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities. New York: Springer; 2017. pgs 83-102.
Wintemberg J, McElroy J, Ge B, Everett K.

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.

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.

Unmet support needs of sexual and gender minority breast cancer survivors.
Supportive Care in Cancer. 2017;Online:DOI: 10.1007/s00520-017-3941-z.
Brown MT, McElroy JA.

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.

2016

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.

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; 2016. p. 103-120.
Johnson LP, McElroy JA.

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.

2015

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.