Tiffany L Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Associate Director, Center for Health Equity


5136 Public Health
R-znvy: gtnel@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8686
Fax: 967-179-0065

Personal Statement

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of and Epidemiology and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. I’ve held faculty positions at several other top-tiered Schools of Public Health including the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am an accomplished researcher having authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters, and editorials. My current research agenda is the culmination of my 20 years of experience working to understand the social/environmental determinants of chronic disease and implementing interventions to improve prevention and control. My research program is divided into three defined areas: 1) the social determinants of diabetes and obesity, 2) interventions to improve diabetes outcomes for Minority populations, and 3) translation of research findings to practice and real-world evaluation. I’ve held leadership positions in several national organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Council on Black Health (CBH). I am now expanding my national and international reach to work on larger structural issues that will affect the nation’s progress toward understanding and eliminating health disparities.


BS, Pennsylvania State University
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


BCHS 2526:Health Equity Research Methods and Interventions

Selected Publications

Gary-Webb TL, Baptiste-Roberts K, Pham L, Weshe-Thobaben J, Patricio J, Pi-Sunyer FX, Jones L, Brown AF, Brancati FL. Neighborhood and Weight-Related Factors in the Look AHEAD study. BMC Public Health 2010, 10 (1):

Casagrande SS, Gittelsohn J, Zonderman A, Evans M, Gary-Webb TL*. Association of Walkability with Obesity in Baltimore City, Maryland. AJPH 2011, 101(S1): S318-32

Casagrande SS, Franco M, Gittelsohn J, Zonderman A, Evans M, Kuczmarski M, Gary-Webb TL*. Healthy Food Availability and the association with Body Mass Index in Baltimore, Maryland. Public Health Nutrition 2011, 14(16): 1001-7.

Evans KE, Coresh J, Bash L, Gary-Webb TL, Kottgen A, Carson K, Boulware LE. Race Disparities in Access to Health Care and Incident Chronic Kidney Disease in the US. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2011, 26(3):899-908.

Gary-Webb TL, Baptiste-Roberts K, Pham L, Weshe-Thobaben J, Patricio J, Pi-Sunyer FX, Jones-Corneille L, Brown AF, Brancati FL. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, Depression, and Health Status in the Look AHEAD study. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:349.

Mount D, Davis C, Kennedy B, Raatz S, Dotson K, Gary-Webb T, Thomas S. Johnson K, Espeland M. Factors Influencing Enrollment of African Americans in the Look AHEAD Trial. Clinical Trials 2012, 9(1): 80-9.

Bleich SN, Herring B, Flagg D, Gary-Webb TL*. Reduction in purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages among low income, black adolescents after exposure to caloric information. AJPH 2012, 102(2):329-35.

Golden SH, Brown A, Cauley JA, Chin MH, Gary-Webb TL, Kim C, Sosa JA, Sumner AE, Anton B. Health Disparities in Endocrine Disorders: Biological, Clinical and Non-Clinical Factors- An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement. J Clin Endorin Metab 2012, 97 (9): E1579-639.

Suglia S, Clark CJ, Gary-Webb TL*. Adolescent Obesity, Change in Weight Status, and Hypertension; Racial/Ethnic Variations. Hypertension 2013, 61(2): 290-5.

Gary-Webb TL, Suglia S, Terhanifar P. Social Epidemiology of Diabetes and Associated Conditions. Current Diabetes Reports 2013, 13(6):850-9.

Remigio-Baker R, Diez-Roux A, Szklo M, Crum R, Leuotsakos J, Franco M, Schreiner P, Carnethon M, Nettleton J, Mujahid M, Michos E, Gary-Webb T, Golden SH. Physical Environment, Depressive Symptoms, and Changes in Adiposity: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Psychosomatics 2014, 55(2): 144-54.

Gary-Webb TL, Maisonet Giachello AL, Maier K, Skrabak H. Sociecological Determinants of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Agenda for Action. Clinical Diabetes 2014, 32(3): 140-143.

Bleich SN, Berry CL, Gary-Webb TL, Herring BJ. Providing Understandable Caloric Information to Reduce Sugary Beverage Consumption. AJPH 2014, 104(12): 2417-24.

Akinyemiju OF, Genkinger JM, Farhat M, Wilson A, Gary-Webb TL*, Tehranifar P. Residential Environment and Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality. A Systematic Review and Metal-Analysis. BMC Cancer 2015, March 28, 15:191.

Ruddock J, Poindexter M, Gary-Webb TL, Walker EA, Davis NJ. Innovative Strategies to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in Disadvantaged Populations. Diabetic Medicine 2016, 33 (6): 723-33.

Elias T, Williams K, Barinas-Mitchell E, Document P, Hershey T, Gary-Webb TL*. The Health Equity Certificate Program (HEGCP): A Targeted Approach to Reducing Health Disparities and Increasing the Competence of Health Professional Students. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 24 August 2016, 10.1177/2373379916665637

Mendez DD, Gary-Webb TL, Goode R, Zheng Y, Imes CC, Fabio A, Duell J, Burke LE. Neighborhood factors and six-month weight change among overweight individuals in a weight loss intervention. Prev Med Rep. 2016; 4:569-573.

Goode R, Stein M, Mendez D, Gary-Webb TL*. Inclusion and Reporting of African-Americans in Standard Behavioral Treatment for Obesity, 2001-2015. Western Journal of Nursing 2017, 39(8):1045-1069.

Gibbs BB, Carnethon MR, Gabriel KP, Gary-Webb T, Jakicic JM, Rana J, Reis JP, Siddique J, Sternfeld B, Lewis CE. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of sedentary time and physical activity with body mass index and waist circumference: the CARDIA study. AJPM 2017, 54(6):766-71.

Gary-Webb TL, Walker EA, Realmuto L, Kamler A, Lukin J, Tyson W, Carrasquillo O, Weiss L. Translation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to Engage Men in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods in New York City: A Description of Power Up for Health. Am J Mens Health, 2018 Mar 1:1557988318758788. doi: 10.1177/1557988318758788. [Epub ahead of print]

Realmuto L, Kamler A, Weiss L, Gary-Webb TL, Hodge ME, Pagán JA, Walker EA. Power Up for Health-Participants' Perspectives on an Adaptation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to Engage Men. Am J Mens Health, 2018 Mar 1:1557988318758786. doi: 10.1177/1557988318758786. [Epub ahead of print]

Walker EA, Weiss L, Gary-Webb TL, Realmuto L, Kamler A, Ravenell J, Tejeda C, Lukin J, Schechter CB. Power Up for Health: Pilot Study Outcomes of a Diabetes Prevention Program for Men from Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. Am J Mens Health, 2018 Mar 1:1557988318758787. doi: 10.1177/1557988318758787. [Epub ahead of print]

Goode RW, Kalarchian MA, Craighead L, Conory MB, Gary-Webb T, Bennett E, Cowell MM, Burke LE. Perceptions and experiences of appetite awareness training among African-American women who binge eat. Eat Weight Disord. 2018 Sep 16. doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0577-z

Ji M, Ren D, Gary-Webb TL, Dunbar-Jacob J, Erlen JA. Characterizing a Sample of Chinese Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Selected Health Outcomes. Diabetes Educ. 2019 Feb;45(1):105-115. doi: 10.1177/0145721718811561.


Gary-Webb TL, Bear TM, Mendez DD, Schiff MD, Keenan E, Fabio A.  Evaluation of a Mobile Farmer's Market Aimed at Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Food Deserts: A Pilot Study to Determine Evaluation Feasibility. Health Equity 2018 Dec 18;2(1):375-383. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0003


Wint K, Elias TI, Mendez G, Mendez DD, Gary-Webb TL*. Experiences of Community Doulas Working with Low-Income, African American Mothers. Health Equity 2019.


Naqvi JB, Helgeson VS, Gary-Webb TL, Korytkowski MT, Seltman HJ. Sex, race, and the role of relationships in diabetes health: intersectionality matters. J Behav Med 2019.  doi: 10.1007/s10865-019-00057-w. [Epub ahead of print]


Rupp K, Taverno Ross SE, Gary-Webb TL, Akiva T, Jakicic JM. Household Support for Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls Living in Primarily Low Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods. Int J Exerc Sci. 2019 May 1;12(5):811-824.


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