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Jessica G Burke, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Associate Dean for Education, Office of the Dean


6132 Parran Hall , Graduate School of Public Health
R-znvy: wtohexr@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8165

Personal Statement

My work aims to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children by addressing complex community health issues including intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS and racial disparities in birth outcomes. I use integrated qualitative and quantitative methods and a stakeholder engaged approach to my community health research. For example, my 2005 Qualitative Health Research article was the first to introduce public health researchers to concept mapping as a participatory mixed methods approach for generating hypotheses and developing theory regarding complex issues. I recently co-edited the 2014 book Methods for Community Public Health Research: Integrated and Engaged Approaches published by Springer Publishing Company.  I have over a decade of experience nurturing long-term partnerships with local and international academic and community colleagues. 


1994  New York University, New York, NY,  BA Cultural Anthropology
1998  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MHS International Health
2003  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD Social & Behavioral Sciences


I teach several graduate level courses including Introduction to Community Health (BCHS 3554), Community Based Participatory Research (BCHS 2608), Concept Mapping (BCHS 2610) and Global Perspectives of Women's Health (BCHS 2995). I regularly work with students interested in conducting community health research and frequently serve on thesis and dissertation committees.


I developed and direct the University of Pittsburgh Certificate Program in Community Based Participatory Research and Practice. The certificate in Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice (CBPRP) includes courses in Community Health, Community Based Participatory Research, Community Engaged Research Methods and Community Leadership. It also includes a six-credit internship, matching students with a local community agency.

I direct the Concept Mapping Institute located in the department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BHCS). The Institute is a designated concept mapping center of practice by the Concept Systems Centers of Practice (CS COP) Program and provides access to the concept mapping project license at discounted licensing rates, technical support for concept mapping research, and basic and advanced trainings for those interested in using the method.

I serve on the Graduate School of Public Health Faculty, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee and the BCHS Master’s Program Curriculum Committee. I am a member of the American Public Health Association and the International Society for Urban Health. I also serve as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Urban Health.

Selected Publications

Illangasekare S*, Burke J, Chander G, Gielen A. The Syndemic Effects of Intimate Partner Violence, HIV/AIDS, and Substance Abuse on Depression among Low-Income Urban Women. Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 2013 Mar 26. PMID:23529665.

Yonas M, Burke JG, Brown S, Borrebach J, Garland R, Burke DS, Grefenstette J. (2013) Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies Health Education & Behavior Oct;40(1 Suppl):87S-97S.

Burke JG, Jones J, Yonas M, Zur L, Virata M, Costlow M, Morton S, Miller E. (2013) PCOR, CER, CBPR: Alphabet soup or complementary fields of health research? Clinical and Translational Sciences Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 493–496, December.

Burke JG, Hess S, Hoffmann K, Guizzetti L, Loy E, Gielen A, Bailey M, Walnoha A, Barbee G, Yonas M. (2013) Translating community-based participatory research principles into practice. Prog Community Health Partnersh. Summer;7(2):115-22.

Burke JG & Albert SA. (Eds) (2014). Methods for Community Public Health Research: Integrated and Engaged Approaches. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Burke JG, Lich KH, Neal JW, Meissner HI, Yonas M, Mabry PL. (2014) Enhancing Dissemination and Implementation Research Using Systems Science Methods. Int J Behav Med. 2014 May 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24852184.

Burke JG, Truong S, Albert S, Steenrod J, Gibert C, Folb B, Saleh A, James E. (2014)What can be learned from the types of community benefit programs that hospitals already have in place? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb;25(1Suppl):165-93. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0058. PubMed PMID: 24583495.
Hoffmann KD*, Walnoha A, Sloan J, Buddadhumaruk P, Huang HH, Borrebach J, Cluss PA, Burke JG. Developing a Community-Based Tailored Exercise Program for People With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015 Summer;9(2):213-27. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0045. PubMed PMID: 26412763.

George PE, Bayer AM, Garcia PJ, Perez-Lu JE, Burke JG, Coates TJ, Gorbach PM. Is Intimate Partner and Client Violence Associated with Condomless AnalIntercourse and HIV Among Male Sex Workers in Lima, Peru? AIDS Behav. 2016 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26880321

Ncube CN*, Enquobahrie DA, Albert SM, Herrick AL, Burke JG. Association of neighborhood context with offspring risk of preterm birth and low birthweight: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies. Soc Sci Med.2016 Mar;153:156-64. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.014. Epub 2016 Feb 11.Review. PubMed PMID: 26900890.

O'Malley TL*, Burke JG. A systematic review of microfinance and women's health
literature: Directions for future research. Glob Public Health. 2016 Apr 15:1-28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27080539

Nachega JB, Skinner D, Jennings L, Magidson JF, Altice FL, Burke JG, Lester RT, Uthman OA, Knowlton AR, Cotton MF, Anderson JR, Theron GB. Acceptability and feasibility of mHealth and community-based directly observed antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in South African pregnant women under Option B+: an exploratory study. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016 Apr28;10:683-90. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S100002. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27175068; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4854240.

Frerichs L, Kim M, Dave G, Cheney A, Hassmiller Lich K, Jones J, Young TL,Cene CW, Varma DS, Schaal J, Black A, Striley CW, Vassar S, Sullivan G, Cottler LB, Brown A, Burke JG, Corbie-Smith G. Stakeholder Perspectives on Creating and Maintaining Trust in Community-Academic Research Partnerships. Health Educ Behav.2016 May 25. pii: 1090198116648291. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27230272.

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