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Dr. Steven M Albert, PhD, MS

Professor and Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice,


6129 Parran Hall
R-znvy: fznyoreg@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-3148
Secondary Phone: 967-179-8657

Celeste Petruzzi, pryrfgrc@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-8657

Personal Statement

My research centers on the assessment of health outcomes in aging and chronic disease, including physical and cognitive function, health service use, and clinical decision making. Current efforts include modeling the dynamics of health behavior change across the lifespan and prevention of violence.  In 2016-17, my research group will complete end-of-life surveillance in an aging cohort (Health ABC), expand a violence prevention effort based on contact with gunshot victims in hospital trauma services (funded by local Pittsburgh foundations), develop changes in criminal justice homicide review to reduce community violence, and continue work with PA to use aging services infrastructure to promote public health.  Our rrefunded CDC Prevention Research Center will continue work with the PA Department of Aging and local Area Agency on Aging to deliver behavior change interventions to promote health in old age.  A new effort involving partnerships with the Data Warehouse of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will track mental health diagnoses in the population. I teach courses on aging as a field of public health, modeling of health behavior change, and evaluation.


Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., 1978
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, M.A., 1981
Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1987
Thesis: Ritual and Political Process among the Lak, Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Columbia University, M.Sc., 1996
Thesis: Neuropsychological Impairment in Asymptomatic HIV Infection: A Risk Factor for Work Disability


BCHS 2715, Dimensions of Aging
BCHS 2534, Clinical Aspects of Dementia Care
BCHS 3003, Seminar in Advanced Evaluation
BCHS 2528, Integrative Seminar in Minority Health and Health Disparities

Active Grants, 2014-15

10/14-9/15 PI, Level of care determination, PA Department of Aging and Office of Long-Term Care Living
6/15-9/15 PI, UPMC Community Health Needs Assessment
7/1/14-6/30/16 PI, Health promotion for victims of violence. Highmark Foundation
6/1/14-5/31/14 PI, Community violence prevention, Buhl Foundation
6/01/14-5/31/16 PI, Community Violence Prevention, RK Mellon Foundation
1/1/14-12/31/16 PI, Hospital Trauma Services Intervention, Hillman Family Foundations
4/01/11-3/31/16 PI, ACISR for Late-Life Depression Prevention (Project 1) NIH, NIMH, P30MH090333
12/23/10-11/20/15 PI, End of Life in the Very Old, NIH NINR, R01 NR012459
3/01/15-2/28/20 Co-PI, University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center, CDC, U48 DP001918

Selected Publications

Selected new publications, 2015-16:

Albert SM, King, J, Dew MA, Begley AE, Anderson SJ, Karp JF, Gildengers AG, Butters MA, Reynolds CF III: Design and Recruitment for a Randomized Controlled Trial of Problem Solving Therapy to Prevent Depression among Older Adults with Need for Supportive Services.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2016; 24(1): 94-102.

Albert SM, Agimi Y, Martich GD. Interest in mental health care among
patients making eVisits.  Am J Managed Care 2015, 21: 867-872.

Ernecoff N, Keane C, Albert SM.  Health behavior change in advance care planning: An agent-based model.  BMC Public Health 2016; 16(1): 193. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2872-9.

Ncube CN, Enquobahrie DA, Albert SM, Herrick AL, Burke JG.  Association of neighborhood context with offspring risk of preterm birth and low birthweight: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies.  Soc Sci Med 2016; 153:156-164. 

Albert SM, Raviotta J, Lin CJ, Edelstein O, Smith KJ. Cost Effectiveness of a
Statewide Falls Prevention Program: Healthy Steps for Older Adults,
Pennsylvania. Am J Managed Care 2016, in press.

Albert SM, Lunney JR, Ye L, Boudreau R, Ives D, Satterfield S, Ayonayon, HN, Rubin SM, Newman AB, Harris T, for the Health ABC study. Symptom Burden and End of Life Treatment Preferences in the Very Old.  J
Pain Symptom Management 2016; Jun 3. pii: S0885-3924(16)30142-7. doi:

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