Dr. Steven M Albert, PhD, MS

Professor and Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice,


6126 Public Health
R-znvy: fznyoreg@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-3148
Secondary Phone: 967-179-8657

Personal Statement

My research centers on the assessment of health outcomes in aging and chronic disease, including physical and cognitive function, health service use, and clinical decision making. Current efforts include modeling the dynamics of health behavior change across the lifespan and prevention of violence.  In 2016-17, my research group will complete end-of-life surveillance in an aging cohort (Health ABC), expand a violence prevention effort based on contact with gunshot victims in hospital trauma services (funded by local Pittsburgh foundations), develop changes in criminal justice homicide review to reduce community violence, and continue work with PA to use aging services infrastructure to promote public health.  Our rrefunded CDC Prevention Research Center will continue work with the PA Department of Aging and local Area Agency on Aging to deliver behavior change interventions to promote health in old age.  A new effort involving partnerships with the Data Warehouse of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will track mental health diagnoses in the population. I teach courses on aging as a field of public health, modeling of health behavior change, and evaluation.


Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., 1978
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, M.A., 1981
Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1987
Thesis: Ritual and Political Process among the Lak, Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Columbia University, M.Sc., 1996
Thesis: Neuropsychological Impairment in Asymptomatic HIV Infection: A Risk Factor for Work Disability


BCHS 2715, Dimensions of Aging
BCHS 2534, Clinical Aspects of Dementia Care
BCHS 3003, Seminar in Advanced Evaluation
BCHS 2528, Integrative Seminar in Minority Health and Health Disparities

Active Grants, 2014-15

10/14-9/15 PI, Level of care determination, PA Department of Aging and Office of Long-Term Care Living
6/15-9/15 PI, UPMC Community Health Needs Assessment
7/1/14-6/30/16 PI, Health promotion for victims of violence. Highmark Foundation
6/1/14-5/31/14 PI, Community violence prevention, Buhl Foundation
6/01/14-5/31/16 PI, Community Violence Prevention, RK Mellon Foundation
1/1/14-12/31/16 PI, Hospital Trauma Services Intervention, Hillman Family Foundations
4/01/11-3/31/16 PI, ACISR for Late-Life Depression Prevention (Project 1) NIH, NIMH, P30MH090333
12/23/10-11/20/15 PI, End of Life in the Very Old, NIH NINR, R01 NR012459
3/01/15-2/28/20 Co-PI, University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center, CDC, U48 DP001918

Selected Publications

Selected publications, 2016-17:

Ncube CN, Enquobahrie DA, Albert SM, Herrick AL, Burke JG.  Association of neighborhood context with offspring risk of preterm birth and low birthweight: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies.  Soc Sci Med 2016; 153:156-164. 

Albert SM, Raviotta J, Lin CJ, Edelstein O, Smith KJ. Cost Effectiveness of a  Statewide Falls Prevention Program: Healthy Steps for Older Adults, Pennsylvania. Am J Managed Care 2016, 22: 294-300.

Albert SM, Lunney JR, Ye L, Boudreau R, Ives D, Satterfield S, Ayonayon, HN, Rubin SM, Newman AB, Harris T, for the Health ABC study. Symptom Burden and End of Life Treatment Preferences in the Very Old. J Pain Symptom Management 2016; 52(3):404-11.

Zgibor JC, Schlenk EA, Vater L, Kola S, Vander Bilt J, Woody S, Jacob ME, Lo-Ciganic WH, Brenckle A, Brandenstein J, Kwoh CK, Boudreau R, Albert S, Conroy M, Rodgers E, Newman AB. Partnership Building and Implementation of an Integrated Healthy-Aging Program.  Progress Community Health Partnerships: Res Educ Action, 2016; 10(1): 123-132.

Pillemer F, Anhang R, Paone S, Martich GD, Albert SM, Updike G, Rudin R, Liu D, Mehrotra A. Direct Release of Test Results to Patients Increases Patient Engagement and Utilization of Care.  PLoS One, 2016 Jun 23;11(6):e0154743. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154743.

Mattos M, Sereika SM, Naples JG, Albert SM.  Differences in Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Use in Rural and Urban Older Adults. Drugs - Real World Outcomes, 2016; 3(3): 289-296.

Agimi Y, Albert SM, Youk A, Documet P, Steiner C. Mandatory Physician Reporting of At Risk Drivers: The Older Driver Example.  The Gerontologist, 2017; dos: 10.1093/geront/gnw209.

Zgibor JC, Ye, L, Boudreau RM, Conroy MB, Vander Bilt J, Rodgers EA, Schlenk, EA, Jacob ME, Brandenstein J, Albert SM, Newman AB.  Community-based healthy aging interventions for older adults with arthritis and multimorbidity.  J Community Health 2016; doi10:1007/s10900-016-0268-5.

Abraham O, Pu J, Schleiden L, Albert SM. Factors Contributing to Poor Satisfaction with Sleep and Healthcare SeekingBehavior in Older Adults.  SleepHealth 2017; 3(1): 43-48.

Abraham O, Schleiden L, Albert SM. Over-the-counter medications containing diphenhydramine and doxylamine used by older adults to improve sleep. Int J Clin Pharm 2017; 39(4):808-817.
doi: 10.1007/s11096-017-0467-x.

Albert SM, Lunney JR, Ye L, Boudreau R, Ives D, Satterfield S, Kaplan CM, Waters T, Ayonayon HN, Rubin SM, Newman AB, Harris T, for the Health ABC study. Are Preferences for Aggressive Medical Treatment Associated with Health Care Utilization in the Very Old?  J Palliative Med 2017; Mar 23. doi:

O'Malley TL; Documet PI, Burke J, Garland R, Terry A, Slade RL; Albert SM. Preventing violence: A public health participatory approach to homicide reviews.  Health Promotion Practice, in press, 2017.

Ncube C, Enquobahrie DA, Burke JG, Ye F, Marx J, Albert SM. Transgenerational transmission of preterm birth risk: The role of race and generational socio-economic neighborhood context.  Maternal Child
Health J, 2017, doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2251-2.

Stahl ST, Reynolds CF, Whyte EM, Albert SM. Psychiatric Diagnoses among Older Recipients of Publicly Funded Mental Health Services. J Am Geriatrics Society, 2017; Mar 17. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14865.

Stahl ST, Albert SM, Dew MA, Anderson S, Karp JF, Gildengers A, Butters MA, Reynolds CF.  Measuring Participant Effort in a Depression Prevention Trial: Who Engages in Problem-solving Therapy?
Am J Geriatric Psychiatry 2017; Mar 14. pii: S1064-7481(17)30254-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.03.005.

de Silva A, Albert SM, Jayasekara JMKB, Structural violence and chronic kidney disease of unknown
etiology in Sri Lanka.  Soc Sci Med 2017; 178: 184-195.

Ohayon M, Wickwire EM, Hirshkowitz M, Albert SM, Avidan A, Daly FJ, Dauvilliers Y, Ferri R,
Fung C, Gozal D, Hazen N, Krystal A, Lichstein K, Mallampalli M, Plazzi G, Rawding R, Scheer FA, Somers V, Vitiello MV.  National Sleep Foundation's sleep quality recommendations: first report.  Sleep Health 2017; 3(1): 6-19.

Abraham O, Schleiden LJ, Brothers AL, Albert SM. Managing sleep problems using non-prescription medications and the role of community pharmacists: older adults' perspectives.  Int J Pharm
Pract 2017; Mar 6. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12334


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