Molly Leecaster, PhD


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Research Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Epidemiology

Academic Office Information

  • 801-582-1565-Ext.3959
  • VA - Building #2
    IDEAS Center
    500 S Foothill Dr, Room: 2C17
    Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Colorado State University
Internship Marshfield Research Clinic
Graduate Training Virginia Tech
Undergraduate University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Nelson RE, Jones M, Leecaster M, Samore MH, Ray W, Huttner A, Huttner B, Khader K, Stevens VW, Gerding D, Schweizer ML, Rubin MA (2016). An Economic Analysis of Strategies to Control Clostridium Difficile Transmission and Infection Using an Agent-Based Simulation Model. PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0152248.
  2. Leecaster M, Toth DJ, Pettey WB, Rainey JJ, Gao H, Uzicanin A, Samore M (2016). Estimates of Social Contact in a Middle School Based on Self-Report and Wireless Sensor Data. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153690.
  3. Toth DJ, Leecaster M, Pettey WB, Gundlapalli AV, Gao H, Rainey JJ, Uzicanin A, Samore MH (2015). The role of heterogeneity in contact timing and duration in network models of influenza spread in schools. J R Soc Interface, 12(108), 20150279.
  4. Thomas A, Redd A, Khader K, Leecaster M, Greene T, Samore M (2015). Efficient parameter estimation for models of healthcare-associated pathogen transmission in discrete and continuous time. Math Med Biol, 32(1), 79-98.
  5. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Shimada SL, Rivard PE, Nordberg B, Long B, Hoffman JM, Leecaster M, Savitz LA, Shanahan CW, Helwig A, Nebeker JR (2015). Assessing the potential adoption and usefulness of concurrent, action-oriented, electronic adverse drug event triggers designed for the outpatient setting. EGEMS (Wash DC), 3(1), 1116.
  6. Jones M, Huttner B, Leecaster M, Huttner A, Damal K, Tanner W, Nielson C, Rubin MA, Goetz MB, Madaras-Kelly K, Samore MH (2014). Does universal active MRSA surveillance influence anti-MRSA antibiotic use? A retrospective analysis of the treatment of patients admitted with suspicion of infection at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers between 2005 and 2010. J Antimicrob Chemother, 69(12), 3401-8.
  7. Khader K, Leecaster M, Greene T, Samore M, Thomas A (2014). Improved hidden Markov model for nosocomial infections. Math Med Biol, 31(4), 338-52.
  8. Rubin MA, Jones M, Leecaster M, Khader K, Ray W, Huttner A, Huttner B, Toth D, Sablay T, Borotkanics RJ, Gerding DN, Samore MH (2013). A simulation-based assessment of strategies to control Clostridium difficile transmission and infection. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e80671.
  9. Garvin JH, Redd A, Bolton D, Graham P, Roche D, Groeneveld P, Leecaster M, Shen S, Weiner MG (2013). Exploration of ICD-9-CM coding of chronic disease within the Elixhauser Comorbidity Measure in patients with chronic heart failure. Perspect Health Inf Manag, 10, 1b.
  10. Weir C, Drews FA, Leecaster MK, Barrus RJ, Hellewell JL, Nebeker JR (2012). The orderly and effective visit: impact of the electronic health record on modes of cognitive control. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2012, 979-87.
  11. Leecaster M, Gesteland P, Greene T, Walton N, Gundlapalli A, Rolfs R, Byington C, Samore M (2011). Modeling the variations in pediatric respiratory syncytial virus seasonal epidemics. BMC Infect Dis, 11, 105.
  12. Staes CJ, Wuthrich A, Gesteland P, Allison MA, Leecaster M, Shakib JH, Carter ME, Mallin BM, Mottice S, Rolfs R, Pavia AT, Wallace B, Gundlapalli AV, Samore M, Byington CL (2011). Public health communication with frontline clinicians during the first wave of the 2009 influenza pandemic. J Public Health Manag Pract, 17(1), 36-44.
  13. Price RC, Pettey W, Freeman T, Keahey K, Leecaster M, Samore M, Tobias J, Facelli JC (2010). SaTScan on a Cloud: On-Demand Large Scale Spatial Analysis of Epidemics.LID - 10.5210/ojphi.v2i1.2910 [doi]LID - ojphi.v2i1.2910 [pii]. OJPHI, 2(1).
  14. Staes CJ, Gesteland PH, Allison M, Mottice S, Rubin M, Shakib JH, Boulton R, Wuthrich A, Carter ME, Leecaster M, Samore MH, Byington CL (2009). Urgent care providers' knowledge and attitude about public health reporting and pertussis control measures: implications for informatics. J Public Health Manag Pract, 15(6), 471-8.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Gundlapalli A, Ma X, Benuzillo J, Pettey W, Greenberg R, Hales J, Leecaster M, Samore M (2009). Social network analyses of patient-healthcare worker interactions: implications for disease transmission. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, United States, 2009, 213-7.


  1. Jones, M, Rubin, M, Greene, T, Leecaster, M, Spuhl, J, Nielson, C, Evans, M, Jain, R, Samore, M (10/2011). Comparing the Performance of Clinical History of MRSA vs. Active Surveillance at Individual and Hospital Ward Levels [Abstract]. Infectious Disease Society of America Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  2. Jones, M, Ying, J, Greene, T, Leecaster, M, Huttner, B, Mayer, J, Rubin, M, Samore, M (04/2011). Analysis of MRSA Transmission Dynamics in the Veterans Affairs System [Abstract]. Annual Scientific Meeting of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
  3. Jones, M, Leecaster, M, Ford, L, Spuhl, J, Howell, J, Nechodom, P, Samore, M, Rubin, M (10/2010). Bias Over Time When Human Reviewers Diagnose Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Due to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) [Abstract].
  4. Gundlapalli A, Ma X, Benuzillo J, Pettey W, Greenberg R, Hales J, Leecaster M, Samore M (12/1/2009). Developing Social Networks of Patients and Healthcare Workers in the Emergency Department for Pandemic Influenza Surveillance [Abstract]. International Society for Disease Surveilla.
  5. Gundlapalli AV, Ma X, Benuzillo J, Pettey W, Greenberg R, Hales H, Leecaster M, Samore MH (11/1/2009). Studying Emerging Infections in Social Networks of Patients and Healthcare Workers. [Abstract]. Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) 47th Annual Meeting 2009, Baltimore.