Program Overview

The NIH-funded T-32 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. Trainees are provided with 2-3 years of academic support and a stipend.

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The CAPH is an established Center of Excellence under the direction of Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, Director of the T-32 Epidemiology of Aging Training Grant Program, internationally renowned for her work in the epidemiology of aging, longevity and disability. Training Program Co-Directors are Jane A. Cauley, DrPH, and Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH. The CAPH generates new solutions to the challenges of an aging society through the conduct of population-based research, 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. 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
Requirements

Candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for the T32 Epidemiology of Aging Training Grant:

Pre-doctoral Trainee applicants must possess:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) degree from a CEPH accredited institution or program in public health
  • Applicants who do not already have an MPH/MS must have passed the preliminary exams for the doctoral program in Epidemiology in order to be considered

Post-doctoral Fellow applicants must:

  • Possess an MD, PhD in Epidemiology, or comparable doctorate with MPH in Epidemiology
  • Have US citizenship or 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
View Requirements Documentation

Program Requirements:

Epidemiology of Aging Training Program Guide (PDF)

All trainees will undergo annual evaluations using the following Epidemiology of Aging Training Annual Evaluation Forms and Guidelines:

  1. T32 Progress Report and Annual Evaluation
    1. Pre-doctoral (PDF)
    2. Post-doctoral (PDF)
  2. Checklist on Program Requirements
    1. Pre-doctoral
    2. Post-doctoral
  3. GSPH CV Format (DOC)
  4. Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences Required Forms:
    1. Postdoctoral-Career-Development-Plan (DOCX)
    2. Postdoctoral-Self-Assessment-Form (DOCX)
    3. Postdoctoral-Outcome-Summary (DOCX)
How to Apply

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

Pre-doctoral Position
Applications are currently being accepted for one pre-doctoral position

Open Date: Available Immediately
Close Date: Until Position is Filled

To apply, eligible candidates should send the following items to Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH, Training Program Co-Director, strotmeyere@edc.pitt.edu and Michelle Utz-Kiley, Project Coordinator, kileym@edc.pitt.edu.

  • Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Anne B. Newman describing in clear, concise language areas of interest, projects and/or specific faculty you would like to work with, what you as a trainee and the trainee program itself would gain from your appointment, and relevant experience in the epidemiology of aging
  • Curriculum Vitae
Current Trainees
T32 Post-doctoral Trainees

Name: Kevin Sullivan, PhD
Advisor:  Mary Ganguli, MD, MPH
Undergraduate:  BS, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate:  PhD, Psychological Sciences, University of Maine
Research and professional interests: Mild Cognitive Impairment, dementia, cardiovascular disease and cognitive function in aging
KJS152@pitt.edu

Name: Samaneh Farsijani, MSc, PhD
Advisor: Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: BSs, Nutrition and Dietetics, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
Graduate: MSc, Nutrition, King’s College London | PhD, Human Nutrition, McGill University
Research and professional interests: Dietary approaches in prevention of age-related chronic diseases, protein intake (e.g., quantity, quality and distribution) in ameliorating the age-related deterioration in body composition and function (i.e., sarcopenia), development of specific dietary recommendations for optimal health in old people.
SAF114@pitt.edu

T32 Pre-doctoral Trainees

Megan M. Marron, MS
Degree Program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: BS, Applied Statistics, Rochester Institute of Technology
Graduate: MS, Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh
Research and Professional Interests: Healthy aging, biological age, longitudinal analysis, cluster analysis
mmm133@pitt.edu

Mary E. Winger, MPH
Degree program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH
Undergraduate: BS, Biostatistics, The Pennsylvania State University
Graduate: MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
Research and professional interests: Risk factors and prevention for falls, fall injury and fracture, muscle function decline, relationships between muscle function and falls/fall injuries and healthy aging
mew122@pitt.edu

CAPH Pre-doctoral Trainees

Chendi Cui, MBBS, MS
Degree program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Akira Sekikawa, MD, PhD, MPH
Undergraduate: MBBS, Preventive Medicine, Peking University, China
Graduate: MS, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
Research and professional interests: Nutritional epidemiology, chronic disease, health data science
chc217@pitt.edu

Kimberly Jacoby, MPH
Degree program: PhD (Human Genetics)
Advisor: Candace M. Kammerer, PhD
Undergraduate: BS, Biology, Pennsylvania State University
Graduate: MPH, Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
Research and professional interests: Analysis of genetic data and healthy aging
kjacoby@pitt.edu

Guru Rajesh Jammy, MD
Degree Program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Jane A. Cauley, DrPH
Undergraduate: MBBS., Karnataka University, India
Graduate: M.D. in Community Medicine, NTR University of Health Sciences, India
Research and professional interests: Ageing, osteoporosis, bone and muscle health in ageing, non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases interface.
Guj7@pitt.edu

Raj G. Kumar, MPH
Degree Program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: BS, Psychology, University of Georgia
Graduate: MPH, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
Research and Professional Interest: Inflammatory and hormonal changes in older adults after traumatic brain injury; neuroepidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology
rak119@pitt.edu

Hemant D. Mahajan, MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)
Degree Program: DrPH (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Akira Sekikawa, MD, PhD, MPH
Undergraduate: MBBS, Maharashtra University of health Science, Nashik, India;
Graduate: MD, Community Medicine, Maharashtra University of health Science, Nashik, India;
Research and professional interests: Racial disparities in subclinical atherosclerosis
hdm12@pitt.edu

Andrea L. Stewart
Degree program: DrPH (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Maria Mori Brooks, PhD
Undergraduate: BA, Mathematics; BA, Community; Tufts University
Research and professional interests: Women’s health, social determinants of health, vital statistics, cardiovascular health
als329@pitt.edu

Sharon Welburn, MPH
Degree program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Nancy W. Glynn, PhD
Undergraduate: BS, Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Graduate: MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
Research and professional interests: Injury, fall prevention, motor vehicle collision risk, fatigue, fatigability, interventions
scw42@pitt.edu

Lingshu Xue, MS
Degree program: PhD (Epidemiology)
Advisor: Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD
Graduate: MS, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
Research and professional interests: Pharmacoepidemiology, diabetes
lix19@pitt.edu

Participating Faculty

The Epidemiology of Aging Training Program represents collaboration between several major administrative units within the University of Pittsburgh. Training faculty members were selected because of their expertise in aging, mentorship track record, active engagement in the training program through a collaborating role on the research projects and/or service on doctoral committees.

Our core and participating center faculty focus their research activities in a number of programmatic areas, defined as two or more grants and investigators, led by a senior faculty member.  They include: 1) body composition and muscle aging, 2) cardiovascular aging, 3) community health and aging, 4), dementia and cognitive decline, 5) global health and aging, healthy aging and longevity, 6) neuroepidemiology of motor control, 7) osteoporosis, sleep and aging, 8) peripheral neuropathy, and 9) fatigability, physical activity and physical function.  Related collaborating research programs include pharmacoepidemiology and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  Please refer to the descriptions on the Epidemiologic Research page for details about each research study.

Director

Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair, Population Health Sciences
Director, Center for Aging and Population Health
Director, NIH/NIA T-32 Epidemiology of Aging Training Grant
Professor, Epidemiology, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science Institute
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/anne-b-newman

Co-Directors

Jane A. Cauley, DrPH
Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Dean for Research, Office of the Dean
Co-Director, Center for Aging and Population Health
Co-Director, NIH/NIA T-32 Epidemiology of Aging Training Grant
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/jane-a-cauley

Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director, NIH/NIA T-32 Epidemiology of Aging Training Grant
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/elsa-sophia-s-strotmeyer

Graduate School of Public Health

Department of Epidemiology

Steven H. Belle, PhD, MScHyg
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Co-Director, Epidemiology Data Center
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/steven-h-belle

Robert M. Boudreau, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/robert-boudreau

Maria Mori Brooks, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Vice Chair for Education, Epidemiology
Co-Director, Epidemiology Data Center
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/maria-m-brooks

Nancy W. Glynn, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Master’s Degree Programs
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/nancy-w-glynn

Andrea M. Kriska, PhD, MS
Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/andrea-m-kriska

Iva Miljkovic, MD, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/iva-miljkovic-gacic

Trevor J. Orchard, MBBCh, MMedSci, FAHA, FACE
Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/trevor-j-orchard

Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/caterina-rosano

Andrea L. Rosso, PhD, MPH
Assistant professor of Epidemiology and Clinical and Translational Science
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/andrea-l-rosso

Akira Sekikawa, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/akira-sekikawa

Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD
Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Professor of Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/jian-min-yuan

Joe Zmuda, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Human Genetics
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/joseph-m-zmuda

Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Steven M. Albert, PhD, MS
Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Aging and Population Health
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/steven-m-albert

Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/tiffany-l-gary-webb

Department of Human Genetics

Candace M. Kammerer, PhD
Associate Professor of Human Genetics
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/candace-m-kammerer

Department of Health Policy and Management

Julie M. Donohue, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management
http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/julie-m-donohue

School of Arts and Sciences

Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
http://psychology.pitt.edu/people/kirk-erickson-phd

Martica Hall, PhD
http://www.psychology.pitt.edu/person/martica-hall-phd

School of Education

Department of Health and Physical Activity

John Jakicic, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Physical Activity
Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center
http://www.education.pitt.edu/people/profile.aspx?f=JohnJakicic

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Department of Physical Therapy

Jennifer Brach, PhD, PT
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
https://www.shrs.pitt.edu/jbrach/

Sara R. Piva, PhD, PT
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Co-Director, Physical Therapy-Clinical Translational Research Center
http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/spiva/

School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Daniel J. Buysse, MD
UPMC Professor of Sleep Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science
http://www.sleep.pitt.edu/daniel-j-buysse-md.html

Daniel Forman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Geriatrics and Cardiology
http://www.dom.pitt.edu/geri/faculty_info.aspx/Forman6491

Linda F. Fried, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Clinical & Translational Science
http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/renal/faculty_info.aspx/Fried5099

Susan L. Greenspan, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center
http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/geri/faculty_info.aspx/Greenspan5174

Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD, MS
Professor of Medicine (geriatrics) and Epidemiology
http://www.dom.pitt.edu/geri/faculty_info.aspx/Hanlon5077

Larry W. Moreland, MD
Margaret Jane Miller Endowed Professor of Arthritis Research
Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
https://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/rheum/faculty_info.aspx/Moreland5580

Frederico G. S. Toledo, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Clinical Research, Center for Metabolic and Mitochondrial Medicine
http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/endo/faculty_info.aspx/Toledo5170

Department of Psychiatry

Howard Aizenstein MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Clinical and Translational Science
http://gpn.pitt.edu/Home.html

Mary Ganguli, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Neurology
http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/node/7833

Karen A. Matthews, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Epidemiology and Psychology
http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/behavioralmedicine/default.htm

Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Director, UPMC/Pitt Aging Institute
https://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/charles-reynolds

Department of Neurology

Oscar L. Lopez, MD
Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Chief, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Division
http://www.adrc.pitt.edu/about/faculty-staff/

Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology

Ben Van Houten, PhD
Richard M. Cyert Professor of Molecular Oncology
http://www.pharmacology.us/Faculty/BenVanHouten

School of Nursing

Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, RN, SBM, FAHA, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Epidemiology and CTSI
Director of the Hub for Excellence in Health Research
http://www.nursing.pitt.edu/person/lora-burke

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Aging and Population Health
130 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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