Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Epidemiology
3811 O'Hara st. (mail), 201 N. Craig, Sterling Plaza, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Primary Phone: 967-193-2653
My background and training are in psychiatric epidemiology and the relationship between depression and physical health. I have been conducting research for more than 25 years on the mental and physical health of middle-aged women with a particular focus on depression and anxiety, the psychosocial and hormonal factors that influence these symptoms/disorders, and their health consequences. I am also interested in the patterns and course of clinical depression and their risk factors as women age. For the past 19 years, I have been Co-Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of the Pittsburgh site of a longitudinal multisite, multiethnic study of menopause and aging supported by NIA, Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) and Principal Investigator of the SWAN ancillary study on mental health, “Menopausal Transition, Mental Health and Ethnicity” funded by the NIMH. The latter is a longitudinal study to determine the effect of the menopausal transition and reproductive hormonal alterations on the development of depression in midlife. I have served as co-investigator on several other NIH grants focused on midlife women including the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women (Healthy Women Study) and The SWAN Sleep Studies I & II.
1964 l Brandeis University, Waltham, MA l Bachelor of Arts
1966 l University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA l Master of Social Work
1990 l University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA l PhD Psychiatric Epidemiology
EPIDEMIOLOGY 2400: Psychosocial Factors in Disease