Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Amy Dugas Rose
Manager
Telephone: 412-586-9776

Pitt Doctor Honored for Research on Links Between Media and Health

Brian Primack, M.D., Receives Early Career Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine

PITTSBURGH, April 8, 2010 – Brian Primack, M.D., Ed.M, M.S., today was awarded the Early Career Investigator Award at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 31st Annual Meeting, being held this week in Seattle. Dr. Primack, who is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was recognized for his body of research focusing on the relationship between mass media and health.

“I was humbled to hear that I received this award, especially after looking over the list of past recipients who have done ground-breaking work,” said Dr. Primack. “I am delighted that the committee is interested in research on strategies for keeping people healthy in an increasingly media-driven society.”

The Early Career Investigator Award recognizes one recipient each year who, despite being early in his or her career, has made outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of behavioral medicine.

Since 2006, Dr. Primack has published 28 original research studies in a wide variety of leading peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Archives of General Psychiatry, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Addiction and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These studies have explored topics such as racial disparities in tobacco advertising, the portrayal of substance use and sexual behavior in popular music, teaching principles of marketing to medical students to improve patient care, and the association between “media literacy” and adolescent smoking. Although many of his studies uncover potentially harmful effects of media, Dr. Primack also researches ways that mass media, technological advances and media literacy can be used to improve health.

After graduating from Yale University with degrees in English literature and mathematics, Dr. Primack received his medical degree from Emory Medical School and his master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He is the recent recipient of the Society of Adolescent Medicine New Investigator Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar Award and the University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Innovation in Education Award. 

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see www.medschool.pitt.edu.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com