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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Wenzel, Kagan, Newman are Highly Cited Researchers for 2021 

Wenzel, Kagan, Newman are Highly Cited Researchers for 2021

Congratulations to EOH’s Sally Wenzel and Valerian Kagan and EPI’s Anne Newman for their inclusion in the 2021 list of Highly Cited Researchers. The list identifies researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers... (01/04/2022)
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Gary-Webb accepts award for impact of data from the Black Equity Coalition 

Gary-Webb accepts award for impact of data from the Black Equity Coalition

NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD INDICATORS PARTNERSHIP - Harnessing interdisciplinary expertise and perspectives, the Black Equity Coalition in Pittsburgh successfully used data to advocate for programs and policies to decrease racial disparities in COVID-19 response and created a forum to tackle other healt... (07/23/2021)
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Ding wins 2021 Craig Award 

Ding wins 2021 Craig Award

Congratulations to Ying Ding! "As a teacher, Dr. Ding can answer very hard theory questions as well as practical problems that students may have about statistics, and she is also experienced in inspiring a student's interests in statistics," said one nominator. Other nominators said she was accessi... (05/02/2021)
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Pitt Public Health team wins third place at Morningside International Global Health Case Competition 

Pitt Public Health team wins third place at Morningside International Global Health Case Competition

In collaboration with the Center for Global Health, Pitt held its first-ever Global Health Case Competition last fall. Pitt supported the winning team from that competition to enter Emory University's Morningside International Global Health Case Competition. Emily Crisan (BCHS '24) joined five unde... (04/04/2021)

Faculty in the News

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Flu making a comeback, could strain hospitals filled with Covid patients 

Flu making a comeback, could strain hospitals filled with Covid patients

NBC NEWS – HPM’s Mark Roberts, director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, said he’s concerned that regions of the country that currently don’t have mitigation measures for Covid will see a large increase in flu cases in the coming weeks. “What I think is worrisome now is that there are many... (01/04/2022)
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Self-compassion can be good for the heart, Thurston finds 

Self-compassion can be good for the heart, Thurston finds

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - New research from secondary EPI faculty Rebecca Thurston sheds light on the ways that being kinder to yourself may be good for your heart. The study found that women who practice self-compassion overall have stronger cardiovascular health, further cementing the correlation... (01/04/2022)
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Roberts: A poorly matched flu shot could mean a bad flu season on top of a Covid surge 

Roberts: A poorly matched flu shot could mean a bad flu season on top of a Covid surge

NBC – HPM’s Mark Roberts, said the data in the new preprint "is certainly consistent with what I know from the rest of the world right now.” The potential, he said, for a “really large influenza season this year is real. So much of the immunity that you get in a population comes from the people who... (01/04/2022)
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A Broken System: Health Care Inequity 

A Broken System: Health Care Inequity

WQED - EPI’s Dara Mendez, BCHS’s Patricia Documet, and Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH ’00) are featured in a 30-minute documentary showcasing widespread and troubling health disparities. Lack of access to affordable care, racism, marginalization and other factors have led to increased rates of cancer, d... (01/04/2022)
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Wenzel, Kagan, Newman are Highly Cited Researchers for 2021 

Wenzel, Kagan, Newman are Highly Cited Researchers for 2021

Congratulations to EOH’s Sally Wenzel and Valerian Kagan and EPI’s Anne Newman for their inclusion in the 2021 list of Highly Cited Researchers. The list identifies researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers... (01/04/2022)
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