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Andrea M Kriska, PhD, MS

Professor, Epidemiology


5134 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: nxl@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8441
Fax: 967-179-2842

Kathleen Stewart, xzc15@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-2359

Personal Statement

As a physical activity epidemiologist, I have guided many NIH research studies in the areas of both physical activity assessment and intervention.  Most notably, I led the development of the physical activity component of the US Diabetes Prevention Project (DPP) lifestyle intervention as part of the national DPP Lifestyle Resource Core and continued my involvement into the DPP follow-up study.  I also served as the PI of an NIH funded investigation of activity/inactivity in the entire DPP cohort using both subjective and objective (accelerometer) measures. In the past, I had maintained a similar role for several other multi-center and single site studies. With a passion towards prevention, I now focus on translating the DPP’s successful behavioral lifestyle intervention into the public health arena.  As PI, I am currently writing up the results of our highly successful NIDDK grant involving the translation of the DPP’s effective behavioral lifestyle intervention into several diverse community settings ranging from senior centers and the worksite to the military.  My most recent research as PI is an NIH funded investigation examining whether the health of sedentary, overweight people can be improved with a program initially focusing on decreasing the amount of time they spend sitting, rather than starting with an emphasis on increasing the amount of time they spend participating in physically activities.

A large part of my service is spent as a faculty member for the Diabetes Prevention Support Center, which provides training and support in lifestyle intervention efforts in diverse communities the world-wide.  Much of my service efforts, including local and national committees and task forces, focus on underserved populations in which prevention efforts are most needed.  Above all else, I am a very committed and effective advisor/mentor for students.


1977 | University of Dayton | B.S. Biology

1980 | University of Pittsburgh | M.S. Exercise Physiology

1988 | University of Pittsburgh |  Ph.D. Epidemiology

1988-1991 NIDDK - Phoenix, AZ - Cardiovascular Epidemiology Post - Doc 


EPIDEM 2141- Lifestyle Intervention Theory

EPIDEM 2142- Lifestyle Intervention Practicum

EPIDEM 2151 - Epidemiology of Physical Activity 

Research Support

Principal Investigator
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Change; Impact on Lifestyle Intervention Effects for Diabetes Translation (NIH)


Task Specific Timing and Coordination Exercises to Improve
Mobility in Older Adults (NIH/NIA)


Advancing Real-Time Data Collection: Adaptive Sampling (NHLBI)

Executive Director
Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health (DOD)

Department of Epidemiology Prevention/Lifestyle Intervention Area of Concentration

Selected Publications


Eaglehouse YL, Rockette-Wagner B, Kramer MK, Arena VC, Miller RG, Vanderwood KK, Kriska AM. Physical activity levels in a community lifestyle intervention: a randomized trial. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine 2016 June; 1(5):45-51.

Rockette-Wagner B, Storti KL, Edelstein S, Delahanty LM, Galvin B, Jackson A, Kriska AM. Measuring Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Youth with Type 2 Diabetes. Child Obes 2016 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Eaglehouse YL, Schafer GL, Arena VC, Kramer MK, Miller RG, Kriska AM. Impact of a community-based lifestyle intervention program on health-related quality of life. Qual Life Res 2016 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Janney CA(*), Ganguli R, Tang G, Cauley JA, Holleman RG, Richardson CR, Kriska AM. Physical activity and sedentary behavior measured objectively and subjectively in overweight and obese adults with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders.  J Clin Psychiatry 2015 76:10,e1277-84.

Eaglehouse YL, Kramer MK, Rockette-Wagner B, Arena VC, Kriska AM. Evaluation of physical activity reporting in community Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention efforts: A systematic review. Prev Med 2015 Aug;77:191-9.

Rockette-Wagner B, Kriska A, Edelstein S, Venditti Em, Reddy D, Bray G, Carrion-Peterson ML, Dabelea D, Rubon R, Delahanty LM, Florez H, Franks PW, Montez M, for the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. The impact of lifestyle intervention on sedentary time in individuals at high risk of diabetes. Diabetologia. 2015 Jun;58(6):1198-202.

Sattin RW, Williams LB, Dias J, Garvin JT, Marion L, Joshua TV, Kriska A, Kramer MK, Venkat Narayan KM. Community Trial of a Faith-Based Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Diabetes Among African-Americans. Journal of Community Health. 2015 Jul 28.

Kramer MK, Molenaar DM, Arena VC, Venditti EM, Meehan RJ, Miller RG, Vanderwood KK, Eaglehouse Y, Kriska AM. Improving employee health: evaluation of a worksite lifestyle change program to decrease risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015 Mar;57(3):284-91.

Conroy MB, Sward KL, Spadaro KC, Tudorascu D, Karpov I, Jones BL, Kriska AM, Kapoor WN. Effectiveness of a physical activity and weight loss intervention for middle-aged women: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts Randomized Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015 Feb;30(2):207-13.

Hawkins M, Gabriel KP, Cooper J, Storti KL, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Kriska A. The impact of change in physical activity on change in arterial stiffness in overweight or obese sedentary young adults. Vascular Medicine (London, England) 2014 May;19(4):257-263.

Jaacks LM, Ma Y, Davis N, Delahanty LM, Mayer-Davis EJ, Franks PW, Brown-Friday J, Isonaga M, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Wylie-Rosett J, The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Long-term changes in dietary and food intake behaviour in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Diabetic Medicine : A Journal of The British Diabetic Association 2014 Dec;31(12):1631-42.

Hawkins MS, Hough LJ, Berger MA, Mor MK, Steenkiste AR, Gao S, Stone RA, Burkitt KH, Marcus BH, Ciccolo JT, Kriska AM, Klinvex DT, Sevick MA. Recruitment of veterans from primary care into a physical activity randomized controlled trial: the experience of the VA-STRIDE study. Trials 2014 Jan;15(1):11.

Kriska A, Delahanty L, Edelstein S, Galvin B, Syme A, Amodei N, Chadwick J, Copeland K, El Ghormli L, Haymond M, Lassiter C, Mayer-Davis E, Milaszewski K, Kelsey M. Sedentary behavior and physical activity in youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics 2013 Mar; 31(3):e850-6.

Kramer MK, Cepak Y, Venditti EM, Semler LN, Kriska AM. Evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program for Diabetes Prevention in a Hispanic Women Infant And Children (WIC) population. Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care 2013 May;10(2):73-82. 

Storti KL, Lawrentz EM, Arena VC, Robertson, RJ, Nagle EF, Kriska AM. Recall of past activity levels in young adults is predictive of adolescent activity levels. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine2013;3(3):280-284.

Gabriel KP, Klifa C, Pérez A, Kriska AM, High RR, Snetselaar L, Dorgan JF. Adolescent and young adult exposure to physical activity and breast density. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2013; 45(8):1515-1523.

Berger MA, Shin C, Storti KL, Curb J, Kriska AM, Arena VC, Choo J, Ueshima H, Miura K, Seto T, Masaki K, El-Saed A, Sekikawa A. Correlation of self-report and direct measures of physical activity levels in the ERA-JUMP study.  Journal of Epidemiology 2013;23(6):411-417.

Smith HA, Storti KL, Arena V, Kriska AM, Gabriel KK, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Hames KC, Conroy MB. Associations between accelerometer-derived physical activity and regional adiposity in young men and women. Obesity 2013;21(6):1299-305.

Delahanty L, Kriska A, Edelstein S, Amodei N, Chadwick J, Copeland K, Galvin B, El ghormli L, Haymond M, Kelsey MM, Lassiter C, Milaszewski K, Syme A, Mayer-Davis E. Self-reported dietary intake of youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes: results from the TODAY study. J of Acad Nutr Diet 2013 Mar;113(3):431-9.

Belalcazar LM, Haffner SM, Lang W, Hoogeveen RC, Rushing J, Schwenke DC, Tracy RP, Pi-Sunyer FX, Kriska AM, Ballantyne CM, the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Research Group. Lifestyle intervention and/or statins for the reduction of C-reactive protein in type 2 diabetes: From the Look AHEAD study. Obesity 2013 May;21(5):944-950.

Williams L, Sattin RW, Dias J, Garvin JT, Marion L, Joshua T, Kriska A, Kramer MK, Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Freeman A, Venkat Narayan KM.  Design of a cluster-randomized controlled trial of a diabetes prevention program within African-American churches: the Fit Body and Soul Study. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2013 14;(34):336-347.

Florez H, Pan Q, Ackermann RT, Marrero DG, Barrett-Connor E, Delahanty L, Kriska A, Saudek CD, Goldberg RB, Rubin RR. Impact of lifestyle intervention and Metformin on health-related quality of life: the Diabetes Prevention Program randomized trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012 Dec;27(12):1594-1601.

Kramer MK, Venditti E, Semler LN, Kriska AM, Miller RG, Orchard TJ. Long-term strategies for diabetes prevention: Evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance post-core sessions focusing on carbohydrate and hunger management. J Diabetes Metab 2012;0:6:S2-006.

The Today Study Group. A clinical trial to maintain glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2012; 366:2247-2256.

Casas RS, Pettee Gabriel KK, Kriska AM, Kuller LH, Conroy MB. Association of leisure physical activity and sleep with cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopausal women. Menopause 2012 Apr;19(4):413-9.

Pintar J, Storti K, Arena V, Robertson R, Nagle E, Kriska A. What is the role of adolescent body mass index and physical activity on adult health risk behaviors?. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012;2:72-78.  

Kuller LH, Pettee Gabriel KK, Kinzel LS, Underwood DA, Conroy MB, Chang Y, Mackey RH, Edmundowicz D, Tyrrell KS, Buhari AM, Kriska AM. The Women on the Move Through Activity and Nutrition (WOMAN) Study: final 48-month results. Obesity 2012;20(3):636-43.  

Walker RE, Fryer CS, Butler J, Keane CR, Kriska A, Burke JG. Factors influencing food buying practices in residents of a low-income food desert and a low-income food oasis. Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2011 July; 5(3):247.

Dorgan JF, Liu L, Barton BA, Deshmukh S, Snetselaar LG, Ban Horn L, Stevens VJ, Robson AM, Lasser NL, Himes JH, Shepherd JA, Pourfarzib R, Pette Gabriel K, Kriska A, Kwiterovich PO Jr. Adolescent diet and metabolic syndrome in young women: results of the Dietary Intervention Study in Children (DISC) follow-up study. J Clin Endo Metab 2011; 96(12):E1999-2008.

Conroy, MB, Yang K, Elci OU, Pettee Gabriel K, Styn MA, Wang J, Kriska AM, Sereika SM, Burke LE. Physical activity self-monitoring and weight loss: 6-month results of the SMART trial. Medicine& Science in Sports & Exercise 2011;43(8):1568-74.

Hawkins MS, Sevick MA, Richardson CR, Fried LF, Arena VC, Kriska AM. Association between physical activity and kidney function: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2011;43(8):1457-64.

Pettee Gabriel KK, Conroy MB, High RR, Kriska AM, Kuller LH, Schmid KK, Storti KL, Underwood DA. The Impact of weight and fat mass loss and increased physical activity on physical function in overweight, postmenopausal women: Results from the WOMAN Study. Menopause 2011,18 (7):759-65.

Pettee Gabriel KK, McClain JJ, Schmid KK, Storti KL, High RR, Underwood DA, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Issues in accelerometer methodology: the role of epoch length on estimates of physical activity and relationships with health outcomes. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010;7:53.

Storti KL, Pettee Gabriel KK, Underwood DA, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Physical activity and coronary artery calcification in two cohorts of women representing early and late post-menopause. Menopause 2010; 17(6):1146-1151.

Janney CA, Cauley JA, Cawthon PM, Kriska AM. Longitudinal physical activity changes in older men in the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2010 Jun;58(6):1128-33.

Dorgan JF, Liu L, Klifa C, Hylton N, Shepherd JA, Stanczyk FZ, Snetselaar LG, Van Horn L, Stevens VJ, Robson A, Kwiterovich Jr. PO, Lasser NL, Himes JH, Pette Gabriel KK, Kriska AM, Ruder EH, Fang CY, Barton BA. Adolescent diet and subsequent serum hormones, breast density, and bone mineral density in young women: Results of the Dietary Intervention Study in Children follow-up study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2010 Jun;19(6):1545-56. 

Storti KL, Arena VC, Barmada MM, Bunker CB, Hanson RL, Laston SL, Yeh JL, Zmuda JM, Howard BV, Kriska AM. Physical activity levels in American Indian adults: the Strong Heart Family Study.American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009;37(6):481-487.

Kramer KM, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Miller RG, Brooks MM, Burke LE, Siminerio LM, Solano FX, Orchard TJ. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program. A comprehensive model for prevention training and program delivery. American Journal Preventive Medicine 2009;37(6):505-511.

Hawkins MS (*), Storti KL, Richardson CR, King, WC, Strath SJ, Holleman RG, Kriska AM. Objectively measured physical activity of U.S. adults by sex, age, and racial/ethnic groups: a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2009;6:31.

Newman MA (*), Pettee KK, Storti KL, Richardson CR, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Monthly variation and physical activity levels in post-menopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2009; 41:2:322-327.

Storti KL (*), Pettee KK, Brach JS, Richardson CR, and Kriska AM. Gait speed and step-count monitor accuracy in community dwelling older adults. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise 2008;40(1): 59-64.

Kriska AM, Hawkins MH, and Richardson CR. Physical activity and the prevention of type II diabetes. Invited Commentary. Current Sports Medicine Reports 2008; 7:1:182-184.

Janney CA (*), Richardson CR, Holleman RG, Glasheen C, Strath SJ, Conroy MB, and Kriska AM. Gender, mental health service use, and objectively measured physical activity: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2003-2004). Mental Health and Physical Activity 2008; 1:9-16.

Brach JS, Kriska AM, Glynn NW, Newman AB. Physical activity and the older adult: measurement, benefits and risks. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports 2008;(2)4:305-310.

Kriska AM, Brach JS, Jarvis BJ, Everhart JE, Fabio A, Richardson CR, Howard BV. Physical activity and gallbladder disease determined by ultrasonography. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007;39:1927-1932.

Pettee KK (*), Kriska AM, Conroy MB, Johnson BD, Orchard TJ, Goodpaster BH, Averbach FM, Kuller LH. Discontinuing hormone replacement therapy: attenuating the effect on CVD risk with lifestyle changes. Am J Prev Med 2007; 32:483-489.

Pettee KK (*), Kriska AM, Johnson BD, Conroy MB, Mackey RH, Orchard TJ, Kuller LH. Relationship between physical activity and lipoprotein subclasses in postmenopausal women: the Influence of hormone therapy. Menopause 2007;14:1-8.

Kuller LH, Kriska AM, Kinzel LS, Simkin-Silverman LR, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Johnson BD, Conroy MB. The clinical trial of Woman On the Move through Activity and Nutrition (WOMAN) study. Contemp Clin Trials 2007;28:370-81.

Conroy MB, Simkin-Silverman LR. Pettee KK. Hess R. Kuller LH. Kriska AM. Lapses and psychosocial factors related to physical activity in early postmenopause. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2007;39:10:1858-66.

Jack L, Satterfield D, Rodriguez B, Liburd L, Rivera M, Lester A, Burley l, Shane-McWhorter L, Kriska A. Cultural sensitivity and diabetes education: Recommendations for diabetes educators. American Association of Diabetes Educators Position Statement. The Diabetes Educator 2007;33:41-44.

Kriska AM, Edelstein SL, Hamman RF, Otto A, Bray GA, Mayer-Davis EJ, Wing RR, Horton ES, Haffner SM, Regensteiner JG for Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Physical activity in individuals at risk for diabetes: Diabetes Prevention Program. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2006;38:826-832.

Kuller LH, Kinzel LS, Pettee KK, Kriska AM, Simkin-Silverman LR, Conroy MB, Averbach F, Pappert WS, Johnson BD. Lifestyle intervention and coronary heart disease risk factor changes over 18 months in postmenopausal women: The Woman on the Move through Activity and Nutrition (WOMAN Study) Clinical Trial. J Womens Health 2006;15:962-974.

Hamman RF, Wing RR, Edelstein SL, Lachin JM, Bray GA, Delahanty L, Hoskin M, Kriska AM, Mayer-Davis EJ, Pi-Sunyer X, Regensteiner J, Venditti B, Wylie-Rosett JW for the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Effect of weight loss with lifestyle intervention on risk of diabetes. Diab Care 2006;29:2102-07.

Kriska AM, Saremi A, Hanson RL, Bennett PH, Kobes S, Williams DE, and Knowler WC. Physical activity, obesity, and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in a high risk population. Am J Epidemiol 2003;158:669-675.

Kriska AM. Can a physically active lifestyle prevent type 2 diabetes? Exercise Sport Sciences Reviews 2003;31:132-37.

Kriska AM, Caspersen CJ. Introduction to the collection of physical activity questionnaires in A Collection of Physical Activity Questionnaires for Health-Related Research. Kriska  and Caspersen editors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1997; 29 (Supplement).

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. The Diabetes Prevention Program. Description of lifestyle intervention. Diabetes Care 2002; 25:2165-2171.

Book Chapters

Pettee KK (*), Storti KL, Ainsworth BE, and Kriska AM. Measurement of physical activity and inactivity in epidemiologic studies in Epidemiologic methods in physical activity studies. Lee, Blair, Manson, and Paffenbarger, editors. Oxford University Press 2009; 2;15-33.

Storti KL (*), Gregg EW, Kriska AM. Methodology for physical activity assessment in New trends in epidemiology and prevention of diabetes mellitus and its long term complications. Ekoe J-M, Zimmet P, Rewers M, and Williams R, editors. John Wiley and sons, Ltd 2009;71-86.

Gregg EW and Kriska AM. The increasing burden of type 2 diabetes in Physical activity and type 2 diabetes. Hawley and Zierath, editors. Human Kinetics 2008;1;3-14.

Kriska A and Horton E. Physical activity in the prevention of type 2 diabetes: The epidemiological evidence across ethnicity and race in Handbook of Exercise in Diabetes. Ruderman, editor-in-chief; Devlin and Schneider, editors; Kriska, contributing editor. American Diabetes Association; Alexandria, Virginia: 2002;145-154.

Andrea M Kriska
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