Leo Waterston, MA

Program Director

Research Interests

  • Patient-centered outcomes
  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Precision medicine

Leo Waterston is the Program Director for CORE. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of the Center’s administrative and research operations, strategic planning, staff and resource management, partnerships, and providing leadership on several programmatic and grant-funded initiatives. Leo currently serves as Project Director for the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition, a statewide grant-funded lung cancer prevention and screening program. He is also a member of CORE’s team collaborating with the Jackson Laboratory on the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative, a statewide implementation study of tumor genomic sequencing. Additionally, Leo participates in quality improvement initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the MaineHealth Center for Performance Improvement. Leo’s external service includes membership in the National Lung Cancer Roundtable and Maine’s Impact Cancer Network.

Leo has more than 15 years of experience working in NIH and privately funded clinical, behavioral and translational research. Prior to joining CORE in 2014, Leo was a Project Manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he oversaw a portfolio of Alzheimer’s disease studies with a translational genomics and health outcomes research group. Leo’s previous experience includes working in both research and clinical roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Leo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University, completing doctoral coursework in Health Psychology and Neuropsychology.

Fairfield KM, Black AW, Ziller E, Murray K, Lucas FL, Waterston LB, Korsen N, Ineza, D, & Han PKJ. Area Deprivation Index and Rurality in Relation to Lung Cancer Prevalence and Mortality in a Rural State. JNCI Cancer Spectrum, 2020 March: [Epub ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1093/jncics/pkaa011

Christensen KD, Karlawish J, Roberts JS, Uhlmann WR, Harkins K, Wood EM, Obisesan TO, Le LQ, Cupples LA, Zoltick ES, Johnson MS, Bradbury MK, Waterston LB, Chen CA, Feldman S, Perry DL, Green RC; REVEAL Study Group. Disclosing Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Dementia to Individuals With Mild Cognitive Impairment. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 2020 March: 22;6(1):e12002. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12002. PMCID: PMC7087414.

Fairfield KM, Black AW, Lucas FL, Murray K, Ziller E, Korsen N, Waterston LB, & Han PKJ. Association Between Rurality and Lung Cancer Treatment Characteristics and Timeliness. Journal of Rural Health, 2019 Feb. [Epub ahead of print]. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jrh.12355?af=R

Han PKJ, Umstead KL, Bernhardt BA, Green RC, Joffe S, Koenig B, Krantz I, Waterston LB, Biesecker LG, & Biesecker BB. A taxonomy of medical uncertainties in clinical genome sequencing. Genetics in Medicine, 2017 Aug;19(8):918-925. PMCID: PMC5517355. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5517355/

Farina-Henry E, Waterston LB, & Blaisdell LL. Social media use in research: Engaging communities in cohort studies to support recruitment and retention. JMIR Research Protocols, 2015 Jul 22; 4(3):e90. PMCID: PMC4527013.

Leo Waterston, MA

Administrator

Research Interests

  • Patient-centered outcomes
  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Precision medicine

Leo Waterston is the Administrator for CORE. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of the Center’s administrative and research operations, supervision of CORE staff, and providing leadership on several programmatic and grant-funded initiatives. Leo currently serves as Project Director for the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition, a statewide grant-funded lung cancer prevention and screening program. He is also a member of CORE’s team collaborating with the Jackson Laboratory on the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative, a statewide implementation study of tumor genomic sequencing. Additionally, Leo participates in quality improvement initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the MaineHealth Center for Performance Improvement. He is currently a member of the Prevention & Early Detection Task Force for Maine’s Impact Cancer Network.

Leo has more than 15 years of experience working in NIH and privately funded clinical, behavioral and translational research. Prior to joining CORE in 2014, Leo was a Project Manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he oversaw a portfolio of Alzheimer’s disease studies with a translational genomics and health outcomes research group. Leo’s previous experience includes working in both research and clinical roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Leo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University, completing doctoral coursework in Health Psychology and Neuropsychology.

Fairfield KM, Black AW, Lucas FL, Murray K, Ziller E, Korsen N, Waterston LB, & Han PKJ. Association Between Rurality and Lung Cancer Treatment Characteristics and Timeliness. Journal of Rural Health, 2019 Feb. [Epub ahead of print]. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jrh.12355?af=R

Jacobsen MM, Silverstein SC, Quinn M, Waterston LB, Thomas CA, Benneyan JC, & Han PKJ. Timeliness of access to lung cancer diagnosis and treatment: A scoping literature review. Lung Cancer, 2017 Sep; 112: 156-164. PMID: 29191588. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lungcan.2017.08.011 

Han PKJ, Umstead KL, Bernhardt BA, Green RC, Joffe S, Koenig B, Krantz I, Waterston LB, Biesecker LG, & Biesecker BB. A taxonomy of medical uncertainties in clinical genome sequencing. Genetics in Medicine, 2017 Aug;19(8):918-925. PMCID: PMC5517355. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5517355/

Farina-Henry E, Waterston LB, & Blaisdell LL. Social media use in research: Engaging communities in cohort studies to support recruitment and retention. JMIR Research Protocols, 2015 Jul 22; 4(3):e90. PMCID: PMC4527013.

Gross AL, Sherva R, Mukherjee S, Newhouse S, Kauwe JSK, Munsie LM, Waterston LB, Bennett DA, Jones RN, Green RC, Crane PK, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, GENAROAD Consortium, and AD Genetics Consortium. Calibrating longitudinal cognition in Alzheimer’s disease across diverse test batteries and datasets. Neuroepidemiology, 2014 Nov 13; 43(3-4):194-205. PMCID: PMC4297570.