Training Opportunities

Epidemiology of Aging T32 Training Grant

For Post-doctoral Associates  and Pre-doctoral Candidates

Applications are being accepted for one post-doctoral position in the current fiscal year on a rolling basis for the Epidemiology of Aging T32 NIH Training Grant.

Post-doctoral Position
Applications are currently being accepted for one post-doctoral position
Open Date: September, 2016
Close Date: Until Position Filled

To apply, send the following items to Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH, Training Program Co-Director, and Adrienne DiFiore, MS, Project Coordinator,

  1. Letter of Intent addressed to Dr. Anne B. Newman describing your interest in aging, current research and mentorship
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts

The Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH) in the Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, is seeking candidates for post-doctoral training in the Epidemiology of Aging. This is a NIH-funded training program for post-doctoral candidates with an MD, PhD in Epidemiology, or comparable doctorate with MPH in Epidemiology who are US citizens or who have a permanent residency status. Any post-doctoral candidates without an MS/MPH or doctoral degree in epidemiology must complete the application process to the GSPH Department of Epidemiology and be accepted to the MS or MPH program. Trainees are provided with 2-3 years of academic support and a stipend. The training program in the Epidemiology of Aging includes the following responsibilities and expectations:

  • Independent Research
  • Hands-on training of study operations in our state-of-the art Health Studies Research Center and molecular genetics laboratory
  • Mentorship by experienced faculty in the field of Aging Epidemiology
  • Career Development
  • Coursework including the Biology and Physiology of Aging, Epidemiology of Aging Methods, and Advanced Epidemiology of Aging
  • Participation in Research Conferences and Seminars
  • Responsible Research Conduct Training
  • CAPH biostatistical support including form development, data management and data analysis

The NIH-funded T32 program from the National Institute on Aging has provided support to trainees in the Epidemiology of Aging program for over 25 years, and was recently refunded to continue through 2021. The program provides support for 2 pre and 2 post-doctoral trainees, with openings when slots become available. Training cycles begin in the fall term, to maintain alignment with course scheduling.

The CAPH is an established Center of Excellence under the direction of Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, internationally renowned for her work in the epidemiology of aging, longevity and disability. The CAPH generates new solutions to the challenges of an aging society through the conduct of population-based research that promotes healthy aging, longevity, and prevention of disability. The CAPH orchestrates epidemiologic and public health research on aging, trains professionals in population research methodology, and conducts community outreach. Thus, the focus of the CAPH is to optimize health in older adults by emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention.

T32 Training Evaluation Requirements
Epidemiology of Aging Training Program Guide

Pre-Doctoral Trainees:

  1. T32 Progress Report Pre-doctoral Annual Evaluation
  2. Checklist on program requirements
  3. GSPH CV Format

Post-Doctoral Trainees:

  1. T32 Progress Report Post-doctoral Annual Evaluation
  2. Checklist on program requirements, if applicable
  3. GSPH CV Format

Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences Required Forms:

  1. Postdoctoral-Career-Development-Plan
  2. Postdoctoral-Self-Assessment-Form
  3. Postdoctoral-Outcome-Summary

For more information or to apply for the T32 Aging Grant contact:
Dr. Elsa S. Strotmeyer and Adrienne DiFiore

Graduate Student Researcher

For Pre-doctoral Students

Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) in the Epidemiology of Aging areas of emphasis broadly include: successful aging and longevity, physical function, activity and disability, osteoporosis, vascular aging, sarcopenia, brain aging and mobility. GSR’s will be placed with faculty mentors with expertise in their interested area of research. Doctoral trainees will design, implement, analyze data, and report the results of an independent study as part of the program with a goal of submitting three manuscripts for publication. Trainees are encouraged to present their research in a variety of venues, including GSPH Dean’s Day.

For more information or to apply for a GSR position contact:

Lori Smith
Student Services Manager and Program Administrator
A537 Crabtree Hall

Prevention Research Center

For Undergraduate, Graduate Student Researchers , Pre-Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral Trainees

Training Requirements

  1. All trainees must complete relevant Pitt CITI on-line Research Modules .
  2. All trainees must complete confidentiality agreement.
  3. For those joining the assessment team, there is a one-day training on all assessment procedures. The certification process involves Part 1) successfully completing a practice assessment on a practice participant, and Part 2) successfully completing an in-field assessment with a research participant. Once certified, trainees can complete research assessments with supervision of Site Coordinator.
  4. For those joining the office staff or data team, there is task-specific training for phone screening, data entry, data cleaning, material preparation, or other research tasks.

For more information or to apply for a position contact:

Lori Kieffer, BS
Project Director


Community Health Worker

Community Health Workers who participate as Instructors/Leaders in the MOVEUP (Mobility & Vitality Lifestyle Program) must:

  1. Be committed and compassionate about working with seniors to change lifestyles and lead a healthier life
  2. Be willing to work in a community setting, preferably one they are already connected to or associated with.
  3. Attend a one-day MOVEUP training
  4. Complete a one-hour human subjects training (emphasizing IRB essentials such as confidentiality and the Belmont Principles)
  5. Complete the “10 Keys” on-line educational program
  6. Attend additional trainings as needed to implement the MOVEUP program

For more information or to apply for a position contact:

Lori Kieffer, BS
Project Director


Training Quick Links

Below is a list of University and non-University resources for trainees in the Epidemiology of Aging Program to assist in career development and academic training.

GSPH and Department of Epidemiology Course student handbook and course requirements:

University of Pittsburgh Education and Certification in Research and Practice Fundamentals program

Graduate School of Public Health Course PUBHLT 2030 Research Ethics

The Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The National Institutes of Health Summer Institute on Aging Research (Annual in July)

National Human Genome Research Institute Division of Intramural Research

CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series


Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Career Development

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (post-doctoral trainees are strongly encouraged to join this association)

Guidelines for Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars

GSPH CV Format


Last Updated Dec 9, 2016