Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079

Steven M Albert

Steven M Albert

 Professor and Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of pittsburgh.


 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

Research Interest

 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 2015-16, 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), and continue work on assessing the quality of hospital community health needs assessments.  Our recently refunded 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.

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