Faculty

Learn from International Thought Leaders

All seven of our outstanding departments boast a diverse faculty with cutting-edge research interests, broad involvement in public health practice, and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. Meeting these esteemed faculty members is not just an expectation at Pitt Public Health—it is a reality. You will learn from and work with professors who are among the most highly regarded experts in the public health field. And they will get to know you.

Pitt Public Health is among the top schools in the country in research dollars per faculty member, which is a testament to the quality of our teaching staff and a measure of how we emphasize research at every level—basic, translational and applied.

Here are just a few of the professional achievements, awards and recognition our faculty members have received:

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Our faculty members are recognized for their work and research by many organizations and their own peers, including:

Thomas E. Guadamuz was one of seven fellows chosen to participate in the highly competitive Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute  summer training and mentored research program for early career investigators funded by the U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Zsolt Urban was elected vice chair, Gordon Research Conference on Elastin, Elastic Fibers and Microfibils.

M. Ilyas Kamboh accepted the position as editor-in-chief of a new journal Current Genetic Medicine Reports, published by Springer.

Lisa S. Parker was a member of the expert scientific panel for eMERGE (Electronic Medical Record and Genomics) National Consortium.

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Steven M. Albert received a grant from the RK Mellon Foundation to develop a community violence prevention research effort in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Center for Health Equity.

Patricia I. Documet received an R21 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project De la Mano con la Salud/Lend a Hand for Health: A Male Lay Health Advisor Network in a New Growth Community.

Trevor J. Orchard, has established collaboration on childhood diabetes in Africa between Pitt Public Health and the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health.

Andrea M. Kriska leads a team working on translation of lifestyle modification to community interventions in our Physical Activity Epidemiology program. Kriska and her group have been active in promoting clinical translation of the Group-Lifestyle Balance Program through the military and have received invitations for international workshops in Canada and Guam.

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Pitt Public Health professors are often called upon to serve as expert lecturers and instructors in other academic programs at universities and professional conferences.

Jessica Griffin Burke worked closely with the Kellogg Health Scholars at the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health lecture series. Speakers included international experts including Paula Braveman (UCSF), Patricia O’Campo (University of Toronto) and Thomas Glass (Johns Hopkins University). Attendance at each seminar exceeded 50 participants and feedback about the quality of and interest in the series was strong. The talks were held in concert with the Public Health Dynamics Lab, School of Law, and Center for Health Equity within Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

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Pitt Public Health faculty members are involved in collaborative projects with public health agencies and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Among the many are: the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the Allegheny County Health Department, the South Oakland Community Development Corporation, PERSAD, Tobacco Free Allegheny, the Lehigh Valley Board of Health, the Hospital Council of Southwest PA, the Huntington’s Disease Society.

Chongyi Wei helped the World Health Organization develop new guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people.

Linda Frank received funding for a new grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Her Telehealth AETC Appalachian Project will provide training to community health centers on HIV, hepatitis, and related conditions.

Faculty Kudos

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Mendez receives Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum 

Mendez receives Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum

PITTWIRE - EPI's Dara Mendez, interim director of the Center for Health Equity, received the award for enhancing Clincial Experience courses for first-year students by introducing a book club which explored the history and ongoing practice of racism within medicine. "Star faculty like Dr. Mendez wi... (02/25/2021)
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Newman awarded AHA Clinical Research Prize (video) 

Newman awarded AHA Clinical Research Prize (video)

EPI's Anne Newman received the American Heart Association's 2020 Clinical Research Prize based on her extensive research career focused on aging, including the determinants of physical and cognitive function, as well as successful aging and longevity. She is an expert in the study of cardiovascular... (12/02/2020)
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Opresko selected for scientific leadership award 

Opresko selected for scientific leadership award

EOH's Patricia Opresko is the 2020 recipient of the Merrill J. Egorin Excellence in Scientific Leadership Award.  This award honors a faculty member that exemplifies scientific passion and scholastic dedication. Patricia is recognized as an outstanding mentor, and for her exceptional leadership in ... (10/19/2020)
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Mendez receives national recognition for maternal and child health research 

Mendez receives national recognition for maternal and child health research

PITTWIRE - The Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and 15 national health organizations selected EPI's Dara Mendez as the recipient of the 2020 Award for Effective Practice at the Community Level. Mendez specializes in understanding and addressing racial and socioecon... (09/07/2020)

Faculty in the News

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Albert on Another COVID-19 Challenge: Vaccinating the Homebound 

Albert on Another COVID-19 Challenge: Vaccinating the Homebound

AARP - "It's catch-as-catch-can," says BCHS Chair Steven Albert about efforts to get vaccinating the estimated 2 million older adults in the U.S. who are unable to leave their homes for health reasons. "It really is not as clear or rational as it should be."  (03/05/2021)
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Costacou - Type 1 diabetes onset before menarche shortens reproductive window 

Costacou - Type 1 diabetes onset before menarche shortens reproductive window

HEALIO - "Studies have provided discrepant findings on the issue of early menopause in women witn type 1 diabetes," said EPI's Tina Costacou. "Our results suggest that the discrepancies may relate to whether the type 1 diabetes diagnosis precedes menarche or not, something that previous investigati... (03/04/2021)
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Discarded drugs: a wasteful and costly problem that requires whole-of-government approaches 

Discarded drugs: a wasteful and costly problem that requires whole-of-government approaches

STAT FIRST OPINION —  HPM chair Julie Donohue and National Academies colleagues advocate for a “whole of government” approach to reforming the biopharmaceutical supply chain: Drug developers, manufacturers, clinicians, payers, and policymakers should focus on reducing system inefficiencies in drug ... (02/26/2021)
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COVID-19: Allegheny County reports 3 confirmed cases of UK coronavirus variant 

COVID-19: Allegheny County reports 3 confirmed cases of UK coronavirus variant

KDKA/CBS NEWS – Lee Harrison of Pitt Medicine and EPI said the current safety efforts are enough for now. “What we know about the UK strain is that it’s definitely more transmissible,” said Harrison. “It spreads more rapidly than other strains. We also know the current vaccines are quite effective ... (02/25/2021)
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BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials 

BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials

PITTWIRE — When we hear about clinical trials, we might picture doctors and patients partnering to test new therapies. What we might not think about are the many others who make those studies happen. Take Maria Mori Brooks, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who makes sense of the numbers... (02/24/2021)
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