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Dr. Andrea M Kriska, PhD, MS

Professor, Epidemiology


5134 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: nxl@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8441
Fax: 967-179-2842

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Personal Statement

As a physical activity epidemiologist, I have guided many NIH research studies in the areas of both physical activity assessment and intervention. Most notably, I led the development of the physical activity component of the US Diabetes Prevention Project (DPP) lifestyle intervention as part of the national DPP Lifestyle Resource Core and also served as the PI of an NIH funded investigation of activity/inactivity in the entire DPP cohort using both subjective and objective (accelerometer) measures. In the past, I had maintained a similar role for several other multi-center and single site
studies. With a passion towards prevention, I now focus on translating the DPP’s successful behavioral lifestyle intervention into the public health arena. As PI, I am currently writing up the results of our highly successful NIDDK grant involving the translation of the DPP’s effective behavioral lifestyle intervention into several diverse community settings ranging from senior centers and the worksite to the military. My current research as PI is an NIH funded investigation examining whether the health of sedentary, overweight people can be improved with a program initially focusing on decreasing the amount of time they spend sitting, rather than starting with an emphasis on increasing the amount of time they spend participating in physical activities.

Service is another area in which I invest a lot of time. A large part of my service is spent as a faculty member for the Diabetes Prevention Support Center, which successfully translated the DPP intervention into a version more appropriate for community use like the Group Lifestyle Balance.  Due to the success of the CDC-recognized GLB, the DPSS provides training and support in lifestyle intervention efforts in diverse communities the world-wide and has trained over 3,000 health care professionals on the GLB. Much of my service efforts, including local and national committees and task forces, focus on underserved populations in which prevention efforts are most needed. Above all else, I am a very committed and effective advisor/mentor for students, serving as the primary advisor and committee chair for 16 doctoral students, 22 master’s students and 11 post-doctoral trainees as well as co-mentor to many others. In addition, I informally and formally mentored many junior, mostly  minority, faculty members across the country and guided them until they achieved the status of associate professor. In 2017, I was awarded the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for outstanding mentoring of graduate and post-graduate students seeking a research training.My experience in prevention/translation research extends from early observational efforts to  intervention trials and ranges from efficacy to effectiveness. Armed with the knowledge provided by these efforts, I am passionate about taking this knowledge into the health care setting for the purpose of maximizing reach and effectiveness to all including those from underserved populations.


1977 | University of Dayton | B.S. Biology

1980 | University of Pittsburgh | M.S. Exercise Physiology

1988 | University of Pittsburgh |  Ph.D. Epidemiology

1988-1991 NIDDK - Phoenix, AZ - Cardiovascular Epidemiology Post - Doc 


EPIDEM 2141- Lifestyle Intervention Theory

EPIDEM 2142- Lifestyle Intervention Practicum

EPIDEM 2151 - Epidemiology of Physical Activity 

Research Support

Principal Investigator

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Change; Impact on Lifestyle Intervention Effects for Diabetes Translation (NIH)



Task Specific Timing and Coordination Exercises to Improve

 Mobility in Older Adults (NIH/NIA)


 Advancing Real-Time Data Collection: Adaptive Sampling (NHLBI)



Department of Epidemiology Prevention/Lifestyle Intervention Area of Concentration


 Executive Director

 Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health (DOD)

Selected Publications

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:


Kriska AM, Rockette-Wagner B, Edelstein SL, Bray GA, Delahanty LM, Hoskin M, Horton E, Venditti EM, Knowler WC.  The Role of Physical Activity in the Development of Diabetes.  Findings and Lessons Learned from the Diabetes Prevention Program.  NEJM 2018 (in the process of final data check by the Coordinating Center before submitting to NEJM)
Devaraj S, Rockette-Wagner B, Conroy M, Kuller L, Pettee Gabriel K, Cauley J, Kriska A.  Impact of physical activity and weight loss on bone mineral density in overweight postmenopausal women.  JBMRPLUS. 2018 (submitted)
Armstrong M, Paternostro-Bayles M, Conroy M, Franklin B, Richardson C, Kriska A.  Preparticipation Screening prior to Physical Activity in Community Lifestyle Interventions. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2018 (Accepted) 
Kramer MK, Vanderwood KK, Arena VC, Miller RG, Meehan R, Eaglehouse YL, Schafer G, Venditti EM, Kriska A. Evaluation of a Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention in older adults: A randomized control study in three senior/community centers of varying socioeconomic status.  Diabetes Educ. 2018 Apr;44(2):118-129. PMID: 29514568
 Lo GH, Musa SM, Driban JB, Kriska AM, McAlindon TE, Souza RB, Petersen NJ, Storti KL, Eaton CB,Hochberg MC, Jackson RD, Kwoh CK, Nevitt MC, Suarez-Almazor ME.  Running does not increase symptoms or structural progression in people with knee osteoarthritis: Data from the osteoarthritis initiative. Clinical Rheumatology. 2018 May 4 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29728929   
Kriska A, El Ghormli L, Copeland KC, Higgins J, Levers-Landis CE, Levitt Katz LE, Trief PM, Wauters, Yasuda PM, Delahanty LM, TODAY Study Group. Impact of lifestyle behavior change on glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes.  Pediatr Diabetes 2018 Feb;19(1):36-44. PMID: 2878429  
Eaglehouse YL, Venditti EM, Kramer MK, Arena VC, Vanderwood KK, Rockette-Wagner B, Kriska AM.  Factors related to lifestyle goal achievement in a Diabetes Prevention Program dissemination study. Translational Preventive Medicine. 2017 Dec;7(4):873-880.  PMID: 28397158
Lott MP, Kriska A, Barinas-Mitchell E, Wang L, Storti K, Winger DG, Conroy M. Impact of lifestyle strategies on longer-term physical activity and weight.  Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2017 Aug;14(8):606-611.  PMID: 28422536
Rockette-Wagner B, Storti KL, Dabelea D, Edelstein S, Flores H, Franks PW, Montez MG, Pomeroy J, Kriska AM. Activity and sedentary time 10 years after a successful lifestyle intervention; the Diabetes Prevention Program. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 Mar;52(3):292-299. PMID: 27887769
Rockette-Wagner B, Hipwell AE, Kriska AM, Storti KL, McTigue KM. Activity levels over four years in a cohort of urban-dwelling adolescent females. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2017 Apr;49(4):695-701. PMID: 27875500
Rockette-Wagner B, Storti KL, Edelstein S, Delahanty LM, Galvin B, Jackson A, Kriska AM. Measuring physical activity and sedentary behavior in youth with type 2 diabetes.  Child Obes 2017 Feb;13(1):72-77.    Eaglehouse YL(*), Rockette-Wagner B, Kramer MK, Arena VC,  Miller RG, Vanderwood KK, Kriska AM. Physical activity levels in a community lifestyle intervention: a randomized trial. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. 2016 Jun 1;1(5):45-51. PMID: 27551690   
Eaglehouse YL(*), Schafer GL, Arena VC, Kramer MK, Miller RG, Kriska AM. Impact of a community-based lifestyle intervention program on health-related quality of life. Qual Life Res. 2016 25:1903-1912. PMID:26896960.  PMCID: PMC5496447     
Sattin RW, Williams LB, Dias J, Garvin JT, Marion L, Joshua TV, Kriska A, Kramer MK, Venkat Narayan KM. Community Trial of a Faith-Based Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Diabetes Among African-Americans. Journal of Community Health. 2016 Feb; 41(1)87-96.   
Janney CA(*), Ganguli R, Tang G, Cauley JA, Holleman RG, Richardson CR, Kriska AM. Physical activity and sedentary behavior measured objectively and subjectively in overweight and obese adults with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders.  J Clin Psychiatry 2015;76:10,e1277-84.   
Eaglehouse YL(*), Kramer MK, Rockette-Wagner B, Arena VC, Kriska AM. Evaluation of physical activity reporting in community Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention efforts: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine  2015;77,191-199.   
Rockette-Wagner B(*), Kriska A, Edelstein S, Venditti Em, Reddy D, Bray G, Carrion-Peterson ML, Dabelea D, Rubon R, Delahanty LM, Florez H, Franks PW, Montez M, for the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. The impact of lifestyle intervention on sedentary time in individuals at high risk of diabetes. Diabetologia. 2015 Jun;58(6):1198-202.
Belalcazar LM, Lang W, Haffner SM, Schwenke DC, Kriska A, Balasubramanyam A, Hoogeveen RC, Pi-Sunyer FX, Tracy RP, Ballantyne CM, Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Research Group. Improving Adiponectin Levels in Individuals with Diabetes and Obesity: Insights from Look AHEAD. Diabetes Care. 2015 May 13.   
Kramer MK, Molenaar DM, Arena VC, Venditti EM, Meehan RJ, Miller RG, Vanderwood KK, Eaglehouse Y, Kriska AM. Improving employee health: evaluation of a worksite lifestyle change program to decrease risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015 Mar;57(3):284-91.
Vanderwood KK, Kramer MK, Miller RG, Arena VC, Kriska AM.  Evaluation of non-invasive screening measures to identify individuals with prediabetes.  Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2015;107(1):194-201. PMID: 25441924.  PMCID: PMC4747094   
Conroy MB, Sward KL, Spadaro KC, Tudorascu D, Karpov I, Jones BL, Kriska AM, Kapoor WN. Effectiveness of a Physical Activity and Weight Loss Intervention for Middle-Aged Women: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts Randomized Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015 Feb;30(2):207-
 Hawkins M(*), Gabriel KP, Cooper J, Storti KL, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Kriska A. The impact of change in physical activity on change in arterial stiffness in overweight or obese sedentary young adults. Vascular Medicine (London, England). 2014 May 30;19(4):257-263.   
Jaacks LM, Ma Y, Davis N, Delahanty LM, Mayer-Davis EJ, Franks PW, Brown-Friday J, Isonaga M, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Wylie-Rosett J, The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Long-term changes in dietary and food intake behaviour in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Diabetic Medicine: A Journal of The British Diabetic Association. 2014 Dec;31(12)1631-42.   
Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study Research Group, Orchard TJ, Temprosa M, Barrett-Connor E, Fowler SE, Goldberg RB, Mather KJ, Marcovina SM, Montez M, Ratner RE, Saudek CD, Sherif H, Watson KE.  Long-term effects of the Diabetes Prevention Program interventions on cardiovascular risk factors: a report from the DPP Outcomes Study.  Diabet Med. 2013 Jan;30(1):46-55. doi:10.1111/j.1464-5491.2012.03750.x.  PMID: 22812594   
Kriska A, Delahanty L, Edelstein S, Galvin B, Syme A, Amodei N, Chadwick J, Copeland K, El Ghormli L, Haymond M, Lassiter C, Mayer-Davis E, Milaszewski K, Kelsey M.  Sedentary behavior and physical activity in youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics 2013 Mar;131(3):e850-6.    
Copeland KC, Higgins J, El Ghormli L, Delahanty L, Grey M, Kriska AM, Lipman TH, Pyle L, Shepherd J, Hirst K. (TODAY Study Group). Treatment effects on measures of body composition in the TODAY clinical trial. Diabetes Care 2013;36:1742-48.    
Janney CA(*), Ganguli R, Richardson CR, Holleman RG, Tang G, Cauley JA, Kriska A. Sedentary behavior and psychiatric symptoms in overweight and obese adults with schizophrenia  and schizoaffective disorders (WAIST Study). Schizophr Res 2013 Apr;145(1-3):63-8.    
Delahanty L, Kriska A, Edelstein S, Amodei N, Chadwick J, Copeland K, Galvin B, El ghormli L, Haymond M, Kelsey MM, Lassiter C, Milaszewski K, Syme A, Mayer-Davis E. Self-reported dietary intake of youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes: results from the TODAY study. J of Acad Nutr Diet 2013 Mar;113(3):431-9.   
Fretts AM, Howard BV, McKnight B, Duncan GE, Beresford SA, Calhoun D, Kriska AM, Storti KL, Siscovick DS. Modest levels of physical activity are associated with a lower incidence of diabetes in a population with a high rate of obesity: The Strong Heart Family Study.  Diabetes Care 2012;35(8);1743-5.   
Hawkins M(*), Belalcazar LM, Schelbert KB, Richardson C, Ballantyne CM, Kriska A. The effect of various intensities of physical activity and chronic inflammation in men and women by diabetes status in a national sample. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2012;97(1):e6-8.
Fretts AM, Howard BV, Kriska AM, Smith NL, Lumley T, Lee ET, Russell M, and Siscovick D. Physical activity and incident diabetes in American Indians: The Strong Heart Study.  AJE 2009; 170:632-639.    BOOK CHAPTERS:
Kriska AM, FitzGerald SJ, Pereira MA. Physical activity epidemiology.  Introduction to Exercise Science. 2011:193-211.
 Pettee KK (*), Storti KL, Ainsworth BE, and Kriska AM. Measurement of physical activity and inactivity in epidemiologic studies in Epidemiologic methods in physical activity studies. Lee, Blair, Manson, and Paffenbarger, editors. Oxford University Press 2009;2;15-33.
Storti KL (*), Gregg EW, Kriska AM. Methodology for physical activity assessment in New trends in epidemiology and prevention of diabetes mellitus and its long term complications. Ekoe J-M, Zimmet P, Rewers M, and Williams R, editors. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd 2009;71-86. Gregg EW and Kriska AM. The increasing burden of type 2 diabetes in Physical activity and type 2 diabetes.  Hawley and Zierath, editors. Hum Kinetics 2008;1;3-14.   
Kriska A, Horton E. Physical activity in the prevention of type 2 diabetes: Epidemiological evidence across ethnicity and race in Handbook of Exercise in Diabetes. Ruderman, editor-in-chief; Devlin and Schneider, editors; Kriska, contributing editor.  American Diabetes Association; Alexandria, Virginia.  2002;145-154.

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