While completing her MPH and PhD degrees, Jeanine Buchanich worked full time for the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health from 1996 to 2007, and was appointed research assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2008. She began teaching and advising students and serving on departmental and University-level committees in 2009, and has served as principal investigator or coinvestigator on many studies in occupational health epidemiology, vital status systems and tracing, environmental health epidemiology, and dynamic modeling. She also directs the Biostatistics Consulting Laboratory.
Buchanich served as coinvestigator on numerous occupational cohort studies, including large studies of workers exposed to glass wool and those employed in jet engine manufacturing plants. She also worked on projects—related to workers exposed to chloroprene, formaldehyde, acrylamide, copper smelting, and pharmaceutical manufacturing—that have contributed to the body of literature regarding the health and safety of workers. More recently, she has used linked administrative databases and vital statistics data to gain a better understanding of overdose mortality and the opioid epidemic and to describe local, state, and national mortality trends on overdoses. The examination of overdose trends in Pennsylvania garnered significant media interest and prompted a March 2016 board of editors’ oped in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, emphasizing the social impact of this work and the need for further understanding of mortality trends in overdose. Buchanich was awarded an internal pilot grant to study overdose mortality at the individual level. Her collaborative opioid epidemic forecasting has been featured in Science, STAT, and The Economist. Buchanich has published 70 peer-reviewed papers, 13 of which are first authored, three coauthored with advisees, and 11 coauthored with students.
Buchanich received her MPH and PhD in epidemiology in 1998 and 2007, respectively, from Pitt Public Health.