Todd M Bear, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


6125 Public Health
R-znvy: gbofg7@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8671
Secondary Phone: 967-363-7183
Fax: 967-838-8247
Web site:

Personal Statement

My primary research interests include health survey surveillance and the study of adversity, including child maltreatment and exposure to violence, and its effects on health over the lifespan.  My dissertation work was based on data collected as part of the 2009-2010 Allegheny County Health Survey and describes and evaluates the mental and physical health impacts of childhood adversity over the lifespan in a population-based sample of adults.  I utilize a life course perspective to study the behavioral and psychosocial pathways by which childhood adversity affects adolescent and adult health.  Secondary research interests include the study of racial and socio-economic health equity as it relates to access and health service utilization. 

I co-direct the Evaluation Institute for Public Health and direct the Office of Health Survey Research where we conduct numerous health surveys yearly at the local, regional, and national level.  

I currently teach Health Survey Methods (BCHS 3002), Measurement in Social and Behavioral Sciences (BCHS 3030), and provide support and guidance via practicum and independent study to students conducting survey based research.  


2001 |  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | BS Psychology
2007 |  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | MPH
2013 |  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD 


Member of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Faculty

Co-Instructor: Measurement in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, BCHS 3030

Primary Instructor: Health Survey Methods, BCHS 3002

Selected Publications

Vanderpool RC, Huang B, Deng Y, Bear TM, Chen Q, Johnson MF, Paskett ED, Robertson LB, Young GS, Iachan R. Cancer-Related Beliefs and Perceptions in Appalachia: Findings from 3 States. J Rural Health. 2019 Mar; 35(2):176-188. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12359. Epub 2019 Mar 4.


Nowalk MP, Balasubramani GK, Zimmerman RK, Bear TM, Sax Bs T, Eng Ba H, Susick M, Ford Bs SE Influenza Vaccine Intention after a Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Infection.; U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, Pittsburgh Site * .Health Promotion Practice . 2018 Jul 1:1524839918782137. doi: 10.1177/1524839918782137.


Bear T, Mrkva A, Foulds A, Bukowski V. Results from the 2016-2017 Erie County Health Survey (ECHS): Understanding the Health of Adult Residents. Erie County Health Department, 2017 Available:


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. eCollection 2018.


Riley NC, Blosnich JR, Bear TM, Reisner SL. Vocal timbre and the classification of respondent sex in US phone-based surveys. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(8):1290-1294.


Brooks, M. J., Bear, T., Hacker, K., Ricci, E. M., Foulds, A., Anderson, H., Raible, C., Miller, E. (2017). An Alternative Technique for Youth Risk Surveillance Outside of the School System. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(1), 72-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.08.014


Documet P, Bear TM, Flatt JD, Macia L, Trauth J, Ricci EM. The association of social support and education with breast and cervical cancer screening. Health Education & Behavior : The Official Publication of The Society For Public Health Education. 2015 Feb;42(1):55-64. PMID:25394824. doi:10.1177/1090198114557124


Seaman JB, Bear TM, Documet PI, Sereika SM, Albert SM. Hospice and Family Involvement With End-of-Life Care: Results From a Population-Based Survey. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care. 2014 Sep 12. PMID:25216736. doi:10.1177/1049909114550392


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