Jane McElroy

Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine



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.

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

PhD: Environmental Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

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

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