Todd M Bear, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


6125 Public Health
R-znvy: gbofg7@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-8052
Secondary Phone: 967-363-7183
Fax: 967-838-8247
Web site:

Personal Statement

My primary research interests include public health surveillance, the study of adversity, including child maltreatment and exposure to violence and the impact that adversity has 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 cancer epidemiology, 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, and the Hillman Cancer Center's Population Survey Faciltiy where we conduct numerous health surveys yearly at the local, regional, and national levels.  

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

Primary Instructor: Health Survey Methods, BCHS 3002

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


Selected Publications

Bear TM, Malek AM, Foulds A, Rager J, Deperrior SE, Vena JE, Larson TC, Mehta P, Horton DK, Talbott EO. Recruitment of population-based controls for ALS cases from the National ALS Registry. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2021 Apr 16:1-7. doi: 10.1080/21678421.2021.1887262. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33860698.

Sharon W. Renner PhD, MPH; Todd M. Bear PhD; Patrick J. Brown PhD; Stacy L. Andersen PhD; Stephanie Cosentino PhD; Theresa Gmelin MSW, MPH; Robert M. Boudreau PhD; Jane A. Cauley DrPH ; Yujia (Susanna) Qiao ScM, MBBS; Eleanor M. Simonsick PhD; Nancy W. Glynn PhD. Validation of Perceived Mental Fatigability Using the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 20 Jan 2021.

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.

Richard K. Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Todd Bear, Rachel Taber, Karen S. Clarke, Theresa M. Sax, Heather Eng, Lloyd G. Clarke & G. K. Balasubramani (2021) Proposed clinical indicators for efficient screening and testing for COVID-19 infection using Classification and Regression Trees (CART) analysis, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 17:4, 1109-1112, DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2020.1822135

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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