Graduate Study

Environmental Health: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Cancer and Chronic Diseases
  • Environmental Exposures with Metals
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Population
  • Health Disparities

Scholarly Projects



Dietary cadmium intake and risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer in Danish postmenopausal women: a prospective cohort study.

PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource]. 2014;9(6):e100815.
Eriksen KT, Halkjaer J, Sorensen M, Meliker JR, McElroy JA, Tjonneland A, Raaschou-Nielsen O.

Smoking initiation, tobacco product use, and secondhand smoke exposure among general population and sexual minority youth, Missouri, 2011-2012.

Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014;11:E113.
Jordan JN, McElroy JA, Everett KD.

Disparate perceptions of weight between sexual minority and heterosexual female college students.
LGBT Health. 2014;1(2):122-130.
McElroy JA, Jordan JN.

Sufficiently and insufficiently active lesbian, bisexual, and questioning female college students: sociodemographic factors among two age cohorts.

Womens Health Issues. 2014;24(2):e243-e249.
McElroy JA, Jordan JN.

Place-based exposure and cataract risk in the Beaver Dam cohort.
Journal of Environmental Health. 2014;76(6):34-40.
McElroy JA, Klein BE, Lee KE, Howard KP, Klein R.


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.

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.

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.

The association of resilience, perceived stress and predictors of depressive symptoms in sexual and gender minority youths and adults.
Psychology and Sexuality. 2015. DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2015.1076504
McElroy JA, Wintemberg JJ, Cronk NJ, Everett KD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and oil and natural gas operations: potential environmental contamination and recommendations to assess complex environmental mixtures.
Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015;[Epub ahead of print]:DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1409535.
Kassotis CD, Tillitt DE, Lin CH, McElroy JA, Nagel SC.


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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Johnson, L., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Lin, L., McElroy, J., LeMaster, J., Nilon, C., & Sayers, S. Giving and taking away: What role does recess staff play in physical activity at recess? Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2016 3(6), 557-567.

Kirsten T. Eriksen, Jane McElroy, James Harrington, Keith Levine, Camilla Pedersen, Mette Sørensen, John S. Kovach, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Jaymie R. Meliker, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen. Urinary cadmium and breast cancer; a prospective Danish cohort study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. First published 2016 online doi: 10.1093/jnci/djw204; 2017; 109(2): 1-7.

Carioni, V.M.O., McElroy, J. A., Guthrie, J. M., Ngwenyama, R. A., Brockman, J. D. Fast and reliable method for arsenic speciation in urine samples containing low levels of As by LC-ICP-MS: focus on epidemiological studies. Talanta. 2017; 165: 76-83. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2016.12.036.

Michele J. Eliason, Jane A McElroy, Samantha Garbers, Asa Radix, Linda Toms Barker, Suzanne G. Haynes. Comparing lesbian and bisexual women with and without disabilities in a multi-site “healthy weight” intervention. Disability and Health Journal. 2016 published online doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.005.


Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, Wan L, Tobo BB, Pham V, Schootman M, McElroy JA. Abstract B79: Disparities in HPV vaccine initiation and completion based on sexual orientation among women in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2017; 26(2 Suppl). doi: 10.1158/1538-7755.DISP16-B79

Book chapters

Johnson, LaShaune P. and McElroy, Jane A. (2016) Rainbows or Ribbons? Queer Black women searching for a place in the cancer sisterhood in Black LGBT Health in the United States: The intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Editors, Lourdes Dolores Follins and Jonathan Mathias Lassiter. Lexington Books. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham MD.

McElroy, JA and Brown, M. (2017) Chronic Illnesses and Conditions in Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals in LGBT Health. Editors K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob C Warren, Nikki Barefoot Springer Publishing Company, New York.

In press

Maria Brown and Jane A McElroy. Sexual and Gender Minority Breast Cancer Patients Choosing Bilateral Mastectomy Without Reconstruction: “I feel like I now have a body that fits me.” Women & Health. 2017. (in press)

Hyojung Park, Shelly Rodgers, Jane McElroy, Kevin Everett. Sexual and Gender Minority’s Social Media User Characteristics: Examining Preferred Health Information. Health Marketing Quarterly (in press).