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Andrea M Kriska, PhD, MS

Professor, Epidemiology


5134 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
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Primary Phone: 967-179-8441
Fax: 967-179-2842

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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)



Department of Epidemiology Prevention/Lifestyle Intervention Area of Concentration


 Executive Director

 Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health (DOD)

Selected Publications

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:



Kriska A, El Ghormli L, Copeland KC, Higgins J, Ievers-Landis CE, Levitt Katz LE, Trief  PM. Wauters AD, Yasuda PM, Delahanty L,on behalf of the TODAY Study Group. Impact of lifestyle behavior change on glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes. 2017 Apr 4. (In press)


Eaglehouse YL, Venditti EM, Kramer MK, Arena VC, Vanderwood KK, Rockette-Wagner B, Kriska AM.  Factors related to lifestyle goal achievement in a Diabetes Prevention Program dissemination study. Translational Preventive Medicine. (In press)


Lott MP, Kriska A, Barinas-Mitchell E, Wang L, Storti K, Winger DG,Conroy M. Impact of lifestyle strategies on longer-term physical activity and weight.  Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2017 Apr 19. (In press)


Lo GH, Driban JB, Kriska AM, McAlindon TE, Souza RB, Petersen NJ, Storti KL, Eaton CB, Hochberg MC, Jackson RD, Kwoh CK, Nevitt MC, Suarez-Almazor ME. Is there an association between a history of running and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis? A cross-sectional study from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Feb; 69(2):183-191.


Rockette-Wagner B, Storti KL, Dabelea D, Edelstein S, Flores H, Franks PW, Montez MG, Pomeroy J, Kriska AM. Activity and sedentary time 10 years after a successful lifestyle intervention; the Diabetes Prevention Program. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 Mar;52(3):292-299. PMCID: PMC5318249


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 2017 Feb;13(1):72-77. PMCID: PMC5278814


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;1(5):45-51. PMCID: PMC4991779


Rockette-Wagner B, Edelstein S, Venditti EM, Reddy D, Bray GA, Carrion-Petersen ML, Dabelea D, Delahanty LM, Florez H, Franks PW, Montez MG, Rubin R, Kriska AM. The impact of lifestyle intervention on sedentary time in individuals at high risk of diabetes. Diabetologia. 2015 Jun;58(6):1198-202. PubMed PMID: 25851102; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4417075.


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. PubMed PMID: 26051204.


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. J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Mar;57(3):284-91. PubMed PMID: 25742535; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4351781.


Kriska A, Delahanty L, Edelstein S, Amodei N, Chadwick J, Copeland K, Galvin B, El ghormli L, Haymond M, Kelsey M, Lassiter C, Mayer-Davis E, Milaszewski K, Syme A. Sedentary behavior and physical activity in youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131(3):e850-6. PubMed PMID: 23400602; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3581838.


Kramer MK, 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. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec;37(6):505-11. PubMed PMID: 19944916.


Newman MA, Pettee KK, Storti KL, Richardson CR, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Monthly variation in physical activity levels in postmenopausal women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 Feb;41(2):322-7. PubMed PMID: 19127194; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3880933


Storti KL, Arena VC, Barmada MM, Bunker CH, Hanson RL, Laston SL, Yeh JL, Zmuda JM, Howard BV, Kriska AM. Physical activity levels in American-Indian adults: the Strong Heart Family Study. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec;37(6):481-7. PubMed PMID: 19944912; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2828819.


Kriska AM, Edelstein SL, Hamman RF, Otto A, Bray GA, Mayer-Davis EJ, Wing RR, Horton ES, Haffner SM, Regensteiner JG. Physical activity in individuals at risk for diabetes: Diabetes Prevention Program. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006 May;38(5):826-32. PubMed PMID: 16672833; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1570396.


Kriska AM, Saremi A, Hanson RL, Bennett PH, Kobes S, Williams DE, Knowler WC. Physical activity, obesity, and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in a high-risk population. Am J Epidemiol. 2003 Oct 1;158(7):669-75. PubMed PMID: 14507603.


Kimm SY, Glynn NW, Kriska AM, Barton BA, Kronsberg SS, Daniels SR, Crawford PB, Sabry ZI, Liu K. Decline in physical activity in black girls and white girls during adolescence. N Engl J Med. 2002 Sep 5;347(10):709-15. PubMed PMID: 12213941.


Kriska AM, Horton E. Handbook of Exercise in Diabetes. Ruderman, Devlin, Schneider, Kriska, editors. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association; 2002. Physical activity in the prevention of type 2 diabetes: Epidemiological evidence across ethnicity and race; p.145-154.


Kriska AM, Pereira MA, Hanson RL, de Courten MP, Zimmet PZ, Alberti KG, Chitson P, Bennett PH, Narayan KM, Knowler WC. Association of physical activity and serum insulin concentrations in two populations at high risk for type 2 diabetes but differing by BMI. Diabetes Care. 2001 Jul;24(7):1175-80. PubMed PMID: 11423498.


Kriska AM. Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health: A National Consensus. Leon A, editor. Champaign, IL: Hum Kinetics; 1997. Effectiveness of physical activity intervention in minority populations; p.218-227.


Kriska AM, Caspersen CJ. Collection of Physical Activity Questionnaires for Health-Related Research. Kriska, Caspersen, editors. Indianapolis, IN: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise;1997. Introduction to the collection of physical activity questionnaires.


Kriska AM. Physical activity and health: a report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. *: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; 1996. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.


Kriska AM, LaPorte RE, Pettitt DJ, Charles MA, Nelson RG, Kuller LH, Bennett PH, Knowler WC. The association of physical activity with obesity, fat distribution and glucose intolerance in Pima Indians. Diabetologia. 1993 Sep;36(9):863-9. PubMed PMID: 8405759.


Pate RR, Pratt M, Blair SN, Haskell WL, Macera CA, Bouchard C, Buckner D, Caspersen CJ, Ettinger W, Heath GW, King A, Kriska AM, Leon AS, Marcus BH, Morris J, Paffenbarger R, Patrick K, Pollock M, Rippe JM, Sallis J, Wilmore JH. Physical activity and public health: Recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine. JAMA. 1995 February; 273(5):402-407.


Aaron DJ, Kriska AM, Dearwater SR, Cauley JA, Metz KF, LaPorte RE. Reproducibility and validity of an epidemiologic questionnaire to assess past year physical activity in adolescents. Am J Epidemiol. 1995 Jul 15;142(2):191-201. PubMed PMID: 7598119.


Kriska AM, Bayles C, Cauley JA, LaPorte RE, Sandler RB, Pambianco G. A randomized exercise trial in older women: increased activity over two years and the factors associated with compliance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1986 Oct;18(5):557-62. PubMed PMID: 3534509.



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.




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