Elizabeth Miller, MD, PHD

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Pitt School of Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics and of Clinical and Translational Science, Pitt School of Medicine


R-znvy: ryz669@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-147-1122
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Personal Statement

BCHS's Elizabeth Miller also directs the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and maintains an active research program focused on reducing gender-based violence to improve adolescent health with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CDC, the Office on Women’s Health, and foundations. Examples of research include a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of a gender-based violence-prevention program, funded by the CDC, which involves training coaches to encourage their middle-school male athletes to recognize and stop disrespectful and harmful behaviors toward girls. Another CDC-funded study involves testing a gender transformative program (addressing healthy masculinity and sexuality) among African American males ages 13–19 in 20 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Another cluster-randomized, controlled trial is testing a brief sexual assault intervention (NIAAA R01) at student health centers on 28 college campuses.

Miller also serves as research consultant to Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit organization providing resources to health care providers in their efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Project Connect, a national training project funded by the Office on Women’s Health, involves work with states and tribal organizations on the integration of partner-violence prevention and intervention into public health programs, specifically reproductive health, adolescent health, and maternal-child health programs. Miller has served as the evaluator for this project as well as a similar project located in community health centers in California, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.


Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Rethinking Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention: Sex, Gender, and Trauma,” keynote speaker, International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, N.H., 2016
  • “Trauma Informed Care and Universal Education, Beyond Screening,” Texas Health Summit, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, TX, 2016
  • “Rural Adolescent Health Disparities: Is It about Geography and Access?” Rural Behavioral Health Conference, Canonsburg, Pa., 2016
  • “Rethinking Relationship Abuse in Sexual Violence Prevention in Adolescents: Sexuality, Trauma and Gender,” 2016 Ohio Adolescent and Young Adult Health Statewide Summit, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2016
  • “Understanding IPV, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence,” (IPV) Summit, Rockville, Md., 2016
  • “Rethinking Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention: Exploring the Roles of Sexuality, Trauma, and Gender,” Healthy Relationships Brown Bag Lecture Series, Penn State New Kensington, New Kensington, Pa., 2017
  • “Impact of Violence on Health,” National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, Congressional Briefing, Washington D.C., 2017

Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships

  • Fellow (since 2014), Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Fellow, Society for Pediatric Research
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Fellow (since 2005), Council on Community Pediatrics and Section on Adolescent Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Study Sections

  • Scientific Review Panel for Research on Violence Against Women, National Institute of Justice (Chair, 2012–2014)

Awards & Honors

  • Editorial Board: Violence Against Women
  • Advisory Board: Chair, Research Committee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Advisory Board: Violence Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Advisory Board: Advisory board member, National Girls Institute, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs
  • Advisory Board: Board member, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Distinguished Mentor, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2014 to the presen
  • Distinguished Professional Award, Center for Victims, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2015
  • Community Health Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
  • Health Care Heroes, Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
  • Community Partner Award, Auberle Foundation, McKeesport, Pa., 2016
  • Philip Troen, MD, Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2017

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