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Alicia B Colvin, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

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Suite 600, 4420 Bayard Street 15260
R-znvy: nop16@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-193-7357


Personal Statement

I am a psychiatric epidemiologist, and my research has primarily focused on the impact of the menopausal transition on mental health and quality of life outcomes. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of family history of depression in the development of depression in women during midlife.  I am also interested in examining changes in quality of life over the menopausal transition and identifying predictors of those changes.  More recently, I have become involved in research focused on the relationship between physical functioning and trajectories of  lifestyle behaviors and psychosocial factors in women during midlife.  Most of my work has been conducted using data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multi-center, multi-ethnic observational study of the menopausal transition.  I have worked with the SWAN data for over 10 years, and I am currently an Investigator at the SWAN Coordinating Center. 


Education

1996 | Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME | Bachelor of Arts

2001 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Master of Public Health

2012 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD Psychiatric Epidemiology


Research Interests

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Women's health and aging
  • Impact of the menopausal transition on mental health and quality of life
  • Physical functioning and trajectories of healthy lifestyle behaviors and psychosocial factors 


Selected Publications

1. Pettee Gabriel K, Sternfeld B, Colvin A, Stewart A, Strotmeyer ES, Cauley JA, Dugan S, Karvonen-Gutierrez C. Physical Activity Trajectories during Midlife and Subsequent Risk of Physical Functioning Decline in Late Mid-life: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Preventive Medicine 2017;105:287-294.

2. Colvin A, Richardson GA, Cyranowski JM, Youk A, Bromberger JT. The Role of Family History of Depression and the Menopausal Transition in the Development of Major Depression in Midlife Women: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation Mental Health Study (SWAN MHS). Depression and Anxiety 2017;34(9):826-835.

3. Avis NE, Colvin A, Karlamangla AS, Crawford S, Hess R, Waetjen, E, Brooks M, Tepper PG, Greendale GA. Change in Sexual Functioning Over the Menopause Transition: Results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Menopause 2017;24(4): 379-390.

4. Sternfeld B, Colvin A, Stewart A, Dugan S, Nackers L, El Khoudary SR, Huang MH, Karvonen-Gutierrez C.The Impact of a Healthy Lifestyle on Future Physical Functioning in Midlife Women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2017:49(2):274-282.

5. Colvin A, Richardson GA, Cyranowski JM, Youk A, Bromberger JT. Does family history of depression predict major depression in midlife women? Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation Mental Health Study (SWAN MHS). Archives of Women’s Mental Health 2014;17(4):269-278.

6. Avis NE, Colvin A, Bromberger JT, Hess R, Matthews KA, Ory M, Schocken M. Change in health-related quality of life over the menopausal transition in a multi-ethnic cohort of middle-aged women: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Menopause 2009;16(5):860-869.
7. Lewis TT, Everson-Rose SA, Colvin A, Matthews KA, Bromberger JT, Sutton-Tyrrell K. The Interactive Effects of Race and Depressive symptoms on Calcification in African-American and White Women. Psychosom Med 2009;71:163-170.

8. Hess R, Colvin A, Avis NE, Bromberger JT, Schocken M, Johnston JM, Matthews KA. The impact of hormone therapy on Health Related Quality of Life: Longitudinal results from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Menopause 2008;15:422-428.

9. Avis NE, Colvin A. Disentangling cultural issues in quality of life data. Menopause 2007; 14(4):708-716.

10. Gold EB, Colvin A, Avis NE, Bromberger J, Greendale GA, Powell L, Sternfeld B, Matthews KA. Longitudinal analysis of the association between vasomotor symptoms and race/ethnicity across the menopausal transition: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN). American Journal of Public Health 2006; 96(7):1226-1235.

11. Avis NE, Brockwell S, Colvin A. A universal menopausal syndrome? The American Journal of Medicine 2005; 118 (12B):37S-46S.

12. Avis NE, Ory M, Matthews KA, Schocken M, Bromberger J, Colvin A. Health-related quality of life in a multiethnic sample of middle-aged women: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Medical Care 2003; 41(11):1262-76.

Alicia B Colvin
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