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Mary E Hawk, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


4136 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: zru41@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-193-7897

Personal Statement

Mary Hawk has been on the faculty in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) since 2012. She received her Doctor of Public Health from BCHS also in 2012 after working in local nonprofits for a number of  years. Her nonprofit work centered on HIV/AIDS direct services, grants management, and organizational leadership. She is currently Assistant Professor and Senior Associate Director of the Evaluation Institute for Public Health, and teaches one of the core classes in BCHS: Program Planning and Proposal Writing.

Dr. Hawk’s primary research foci include evaluation and implementation of structural interventions to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and improve clinical outcomes for those living with the disease, as well as program evaluation to assess outcomes and improve service delivery in public health systems. Her current work includes implementation and evaluation research on a CDC-funded vaccine uptake grant, as well as a mixed methods evaluation study of best practices in an HIV clinic. She recently received funding from the Dean’s Pilot Grant Program to advance research on opioid drug and heroin addiction. In this study, she is working with GSPH and community colleagues to conduct qualitative research exploring opportunities to expand Naloxone access to those at high risk for opioid overdose.    

In 2011, Dr. Hawk received the Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award for Public Health in Service to the Underserved for her work evaluating the effect of housing on viral loads of people living with HIV/AIDS. She subsequently published the first and only study to date that uses viral load to measure the impact of the housing first model of care on homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Hawk is a founding board member of The Open Door, a local housing program that uses harm reduction and “housing first” approaches to engage marginalized people living with HIV/AIDS in clinical care. As part of this work, she has conducted evaluation research to assess the effect of Client-Centered Representative Payee services on medication adherence of people living with HIV/AIDS, and is currently seeking funding through the National Institutes of Health to conduct a randomized controlled trial to test this model more rigorously. 


Dr. Hawk was inducted into Delta Omega in 2013 and is on the Editorial Board of AIDS and Behavior. In addition, she is the winner of the 2016 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


BCHS 2523:  Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Selected Publications

Hawk M, Davis D. The effects of a harm reduction housing program on the viral loads of homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care. 2012;24(5):577-82. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2011.630352. Epub 2011 Nov 22. PubMed PMID: 22103666.

Davis D, Hawk M, Marx J, Hunsaker A. Mechanisms of Adherence in a Harm Reduction Housing Program. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 2014 May 12; 14(2):155-174

Hawk, M., McLaughlin, J., Farmartino, C., King, M., & Davis, D. (2015). The impact of representative payee services on medication adherence among unstably housed people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care, 1-6. doi:10.1080/09540121.2015.1093073.

Davis, D., Hawk, M., McLaughlin, J., Brincko, T., King, M., & Farmartino, C. (2015). Despite initial “kicking and screaming” unstably housed persons report high satisfaction with representative payee program. Housing, Care and Support, 18(2), 56-61. doi:10.1108/HCS-05-2015-0008. 

Davis D, Hawk M. Incongruencies between Hospital Social Workers’ Beliefs about Substance Use Interventions and Intentions to Intervene. Social Work in Health Care. 2015; 54 (4):320-344. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2014.990129.

Hawk M, Ricci EM, Huber GA, Myers M. Opportunities for Social Workers in the Patient Centered Medical Home. Social Work in Public Health. 2015 Mar; 30 (2):175-184. PMID: 25496040.

Hawk, M, Nowalk, MP, Moehling, KK, Pavlik, V, Raviotta, JM, Brown, AE, Zimmerman, RK, Ricci, EM. Using a mixed methods approach to examine practice characteristics associated with implementation of an adult immunization intervention using the 4 Pillars™ Immunization Toolkit. Journal of Healthcare Quality. (In review.)

Nowalk, MP, Moehling, KK, Pavlik, V, Raviotta, JM, Brown, AE, Hawk, M. Zimmerman, RK, Ricci, EM. Using the 4 Pillars™ Immunization Toolkit to Increase Pneumococcal Immunizations for Older Adults:  A Cluster Randomized Trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (In review.)

 Hawk M. The Girlfriends Project: Evaluating a Promising Community-Based Intervention from a Bottom-Up Perspective. The American Journal of Evaluation. 2015 May 08; 36(2):179-190.

Hawk M. The Girlfriends Project: Results of a pilot study assessing feasibility of an HIV testing and risk reduction intervention developed, implemented, and evaluated in community settings. AIDS Education and Prev. 2013 Dec;25(6):519-34. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2013.25.6.519. PubMed PMID: 24245598.

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