Jessica G Burke, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Associate Dean for Education, Office of the Dean


6116 Public Health , Graduate School of Public Health
R-znvy: wtohexr@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8165

Personal Statement

I am committed to an integrated public health program of conducting innovative research, educating the next generation of professionals and serving communities. The primary focus of my work is on the complex realities and context of women’s health, specifically the syndemic interactions of sexual & reproductive health, intimate partner violence, substance use and mental health. Over the past 20 years, I have developed a research agenda that focuses on various pieces of this puzzle among populations in multiple settings and I have successfully illustrated the strength of mixed methods for informing action-oriented research. I intentionally use a partnership approach to my work and enjoy strong collaborations with academic colleagues, graduate students and community partners.

My experience living in Thailand as a child, education and training in cultural anthropology, international health and social and behavioral sciences, and commitment to health equity provide a solid foundation for my approach to public health research, education and practice which is best summarized in the 2014 Methods in Community Health: Integrated and Engaged Approaches book that I developed and co-edited.


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 Concept Mapping (BCHS 2610) and Systems Theories and Approaches (BCHS 2992). I regularly work with students interested in conducting community health and mixed methods research and frequently serve on thesis and dissertation committees.


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 as Deputy Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health. The CSHCH applies systems science and mixed methods approaches to better understand the mechanisms underlying community health issues. By studying the complex contexts of health behaviors and the dynamic interactions of individuals with their social and physical environments, researchers at the CSDCH seek to identify and inform multi-level public health intervention opportunities.

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.

Selected Publications

Publications: Books

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

Select Publications: Journal Articles (* indicates student)

Burke JG, Gielen AC, McDonnell KA, O’Campo P, Maman S. The process of ending abusive relationships: A qualitative exploration of the Transtheoretical Model. Violence Against Women. 2001. 7(10): 1144-1163.

Burke JG, Knab LK, Gielen AC, O'Campo P, McDonnell KA. Intimate partner violence, substance abuse and HIV: Talking a closer look. Violence Against Women. 2005. 11(9): 1140-61.

Burke JG, O'Campo P, Peak G, Gielen A, McDonnell K, Trochim W. An introduction to concept mapping as a participatory public health research methodology. Qualitative Health Research. 2005. Dec; 15(10):1392-410

Gielen AC, Ghandour RM, Burke JG, Mahoney R, McDonell KA, O’Campo P. HIV/AIDS and Intimate Partner Violence: Intersection Women’s Health Issues in the United Status. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. 2007 Apr;8(2):178-98. Review.

Burke JG, O’Campo P, Salmon C, Walker R. Pathways connecting neighborhood influences and mental well-being: Socioeconomic position and gender differences. Social Science and Medicine 2009 Apr;68(7):1294-304. Epub 2009 Feb 13.

Yonas MA, Burke JG, Rak K, Bennett A, Kelly V, Gielen AC. picture's worth a thousand words: engaging youth in CBPR using the creative arts. Community Health . 2009 Winter;3(4):349-58.

Yonas MA, Burke JG, Miller E. Visual voices: a participatory method for engaging adolescents in research and knowledge transfer. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Feb;6(1):72-

Illangasekare SL*, Burke JG, McDonnell KA, Gielen AC. The Impact of Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Use, and HIV on Depressive Symptoms Among Abused Low-Income Urban Women. J Interpers Violence. 2013 May 17

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, 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.

Burke JG, Lich KH, Neal JW, Meissner HI, Yonas M, Mabry PL. Enhancing dissemination and implementation research using systems science methods. Int J Behav Med. 2015 Jun;22(3):283-91. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9417-3. PubMed PMID: 24852184; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4363012.

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.

Vaughn LM, Jones JR, Booth E, Burke JG. Concept mapping methodology andcommunity-engaged research: A perfect pairing. Eval Program Plann. 2016 Aug 28. pii: S0149-7189(16)30168-9. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.08.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27591958.

O'Malley T*, Horowitz KR, Garth J, Mair C, Burke JG. A Technology-Based Peer Education Intervention: Results from a Sexual Health Textline Feasibility StudyAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education 2017 Vol 12, Issue 4

Holliday CN, Morse SM, Irvin NA, Green-Manning A, Nitsch LM, Burke JG, Campbell JC, Decker MR. Concept Mapping: Engaging Urban Men to Understand Community Influences on Partner Violence Perpetration. J Urban Health. 2018 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0297-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30051239

Lin HS*, Naimi AI, Brooks MM, Richardson GA, Burke JG, Bromberger JT. Child maltreatment as a social determinant of midlife health-related quality of life in women: do psychosocial factors explain this association? Qual Life Res. 2018 Dec;27(12):3243-3254. doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-1937-x. Epub 2018 Aug 18. PubMed PMID: 30121897.

Mair C, Sumetsky N, Burke JG, Gaidus A. Investigating the Social Ecological Contexts of Opioid Use Disorder and Poisoning Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2018 Nov;79(6):899-908. PubMed PMID: 30573021; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6308174.

Kim MM, Cheney A, Black AS, Thorpe Jr RJ, Cene CD, Dave GJ, Schall J, Vassar S, Ruktanonchai C, Frerichs L, Young T, Jones J, Burke J, Varma D, Striley C, Cottler L, Brown A, Sullivan G & Corbie-Smith G. (2019). Trust in community-based research partnerships: A methodological overview of designing a multisite clinical and translational science awards (CTSA) initiative. Evaluation & the Health Professions [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1177/0163278718819719.

Baumann SE*, Lhaki P, Burke JG. Assessing the Role of Caste/Ethnicity in Predicting Menstrual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Nepal. Glob Public Health. 2019 Feb 20:1-14. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1583267. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30785854.

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