Melissa Leonard
Megan Leonhard, M.P.H.
Scientist
Epidemiology & Computational Biology
  • Seattle

Ms. Leonhard has expertise in epidemiological study design, data analysis and management, data analysis program use, and surveillance system use. She also has extensive experience in literature review particularly related to injury, trauma, and rare disease. Ms. Leonhard is currently involved in mortality and occupational injury data preparation and analysis, manuscript and report preparation, proposal development, and literature review.

Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Leonhard completed a B.S. in Mathematics and Biology and obtained her M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine. Her Master’s work focused on the epidemiology of pediatric traumatic brain injury, using multivariable logistic regression models to test for urban/rural pediatric traumatic brain injury fatality disparities in Oregon. While in graduate school, Ms. Leonhard also worked in conjunction with the Oregon State Health Authority gaining experience in injury, trauma, and communicable disease epidemiology, research design, data registry use and management, and syndromic surveillance system use.

Additionally, Ms. Leonhard has participated in research projects performing both lab and data analysis work for microbiology projects related to biodegradable mulches and growth inhibition of Aspergillus and for agricultural projects with the USDA – Agricultural Research Service related to fruit storage environments and apple volatile production. She has experience with computer programming languages C++ and Ada and is versed in numerous data analysis programs including SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, and Mintab.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.P.H., Public Health, Oregon Health and Science University, 2014
  • B.S., Biology/Mathematics, Western Washington University, 2012

Publications

Leonhard MJ, Wright D, Fu R, Lehrfeld D, Carlson KF. Urban/rural disparities in Oregon pediatric traumatic brain injury . Injury Epidemiology 2015, 2:32. doi: 10.1186/s40621-015-0063-2.

Presentations

Leonhard MJ, Fordyce TA, Volberg V, Mezei G, Vergara X, Krishen L. Injuries from motor vehicle crashes among electric power industry workers, 1995–2013. Presented at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Kingwood, WV, May 2015.

Leonhard MJ. Pediatric traumatic brain injury case review—Urban/rural disparities in Oregon pediatric traumatic brain injury fatality. Presented at the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board Meeting, Portland, OR, July 2014.

Leonhard MJ. Urban/rural disparities in Oregon pediatric traumatic brain injury. Oregon Master of Public Health Poster Showcase, Portland, OR, April 2014.

Bails G, Lind M, Leonhard MJ, Kinloch K, McSharry M, Kinash B. Soil microbes with potential for biodegradable plastic breakdown. Western Washington University Scholars Week Poster Showcase, Bellingham, WA, May 2012.

Technical Reports 

EPRI Occupational Health and Safety Annual Report 2015: Occupational Health and Safety Trends 1995–2013. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, 2015. 

Occupational Health and Safety 1995-2013. Injury Surveillance Highlights – Focus on Injury Severity. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, 2015.


Prior Experience

Co-founder/Chief Epidemiologist & Biostatistician, Center To Cure™, 2013–present

Syndromic Surveillance Consultant, Oregon Health Authority—Public Health Division, 2014

Lab Assistant/Data analyst, USDA—Agricultural Research Service, 2011, 2012

Professional Affiliations

American Public Health Association—APHA

Oregon Public Health Association—OPHA

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.P.H., Public Health, Oregon Health and Science University, 2014
  • B.S., Biology/Mathematics, Western Washington University, 2012