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Manorama M Khare, PhD, MS

Research Associate Professor

Director Division of Health Research and Evaluation

Division of Health Research and Evaluation

Department of Family and Community Medicine



1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107

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Manorama M. Khare, PhD, is a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford with extensive experience in research related to underserved populations, women’s health and diversity in higher education. Her technical expertise includes program evaluation, planning and implementation of community-based programs, quantitative and qualitative research methods, quasi experimental research designs, survey development and multivariate data analysis.

She is a public health researcher with focus on chronic disease and obesity prevention in rural, underserved communities using behavioral lifestyle interventions

The focus of her research has been reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women using behavioral lifestyle change interventions. She is currently the lead evaluator for the Illinois WISEWOMAN program and CVD risk reduction program for underinsured and uninsured women across the state. For the past six years, she has served as co-investigator on a collaborative effort of the UIC National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health and the Illinois Department of Health to improve the cardiovascular risk profiles for adult women living in rural southern Illinois.

Dr. Khare earned her doctoral degree in public health from the University of Illinois Chicago. Prior to this position, she was a senior research specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at UIC.

Areas of Interest

  • Women’s Health, Rural Health
  • Behavioral Lifestyle Change Interventions
  • Use of mHealth to promote behavior change
  • Program Evaluation
  • Planning and Implementation of Community Programs
  • Diversity in Higher Education



Selected Publications

Hagarty, S. E., Yen, L. L., Luo, J., Fosco, C. R., Gomez, K., & Khare, M. (2020). Decreased length of postoperative drain use, parenteral opioids, length of stay, and complication rates in patients receiving meshed versus unmeshed acellular dermal matrix in 194 submuscular tissue expander-based breast reconstructions: A single-surgeon cohort study. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 145(4), 889-897.

Khare, M., Zimmermann, K., & Beintema, C. (2020). Adaptations to increase recruitment and retention in a multicomponent heart disease prevention intervention for rural adults. Implementation Science, 15

Carnahan, L. R., Zimmermann, K., Khare, M. M., Paulsey, E., Molina, Y., Wilbur, J., & Geller, S. E. (2018). Physical activity and masculinity in rural men: A qualitative study of men recruited from churches. Health Education Research, 33(2), 145-154.

Hayssen, H., Khare, M., & Hagarty, S. E. (2018). A retrospective comparison of two techniques of fat grafting in breast reconstruction: Outcomes over 5 years. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open, 6(9S), 23-24.

Lee, S., Khare, M. M., Olson, H. R., Chen, A. M. H., & Law, A. V. (2018). The TEACH trial: Tailored education to assist label comprehension and health literacy. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 14(9), 839-845.

Molina, Y, Zimmermann, K., Carnahan, L., Paulsey, E., Bigman, C, Khare, M., Zahnd, W., & Jenkins, W. (2018). Rural women’s perceptions about cancer disparities and contributing factors: A call to communication. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(4), 749-756.

Zimmermann, K., Khare, M. M., Weidenbacher-Hoper, V. V., & MacDowell, M. (2018). Effectiveness of a peer-led, community-based weight loss intervention for rural adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, S790.

Genev, I. K., Tompkins, L. A., Khare, M. M., & Farokhi, F. (2017). Comparison of the efficancy and complication rates of the hybrid maze, complete cox-maze and catheter ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, 9(5), 1543.

Genev, I. K., Tompkins, L. A., Khare, M. M., & Farokhi, F. (2017). Comparison of the influence of right atrial septal pacing and appendage pacing on an atrial function and atrial fibrillation in the clinical situation. JAFIB: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, 9(5)

Jiam, N. T., Hoon, A. H., Jr., Hostetter, C. F., & Khare, M. M. (2017). IIAM (important information about me): A patient portability profile app for adults, children and families with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation-Assistive Technology, 12(6), 599-604.

Kócs, E. A., Blauvelt, M., Aláan, T., Khare, M., & Gácsi, D. (2017). UIC summer institute on sustainability and energy: A case study for an interdisciplinary collaborative approach. Obuda University e-Bulletin, 7(2), 7-14.

Khare, M. M., Nunez, A. E., & James, B. F. (2015). Coalition for a healthier community: Lessons learned and implications for future work. Evaluation and Program Planning, 51, 85-88.

Zimmermann, K., Khare, M. M., Wright, C., Hasler, A., Kerche, S., Moehring, P., & Geller, S. (2015). Application of a gender-based approach to conducting a community health assessment for rural women in southern Illinois. Evaluation and Program Planning, 51, 27-34.


PhD, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Ohio State University