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Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health Appoints Chair of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 23, 2011 – Steven M. Albert, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., has been appointed by theUniversity of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to head the school’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

Dr. Albert’s research examines how societies can ensure optimal aging. This effort includes a wide variety of topics, from how health in midlife affects prospects for old age to ways people can maintain quality of life at the end of life. Albert’s efforts focus directly on physical, cognitive and mental health, rather than primary prevention of chronic disease alone, because the changes of aging directly affect these domains.

He has been a professor with tenure in GSPH’s Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department since April 2006 and has been associate chair of the department since July 2007. Prior to 2006, he was a visiting professor in the department.

“Steve is an outstanding scientist and researcher. He has done leading work on the functional significance of cognitive and physical impairment and its broader impact on health outcomes. He carried this exceptional research forward in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, HIV-related dementia, and in non-demented older adults,” said Donald S. Burke, M.D., GSPH dean. “He is also a highly respected member of GSPH’s faculty and will be a dynamic leader of the department.”

This year, Dr. Albert became president-elect of the Faculty Senate at GSPH and he is a member of Sigma Xi at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a Doctor of Distinction from Pitt’s Ladies Hospital Aid Society in 2010 and was an affiliate professor and faculty of health science and social welfare at the University of Haifa in Israel in 2005. In 2002, Dr. Albert was a Fellow at the Gerontology Society of America.

Before Dr. Albert came to Pittsburgh, he was an associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also was assistant professor of neuropsychology in neurology at Columbia University. 

Dr. Albert received a master’s degree from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He also received a master’s from Columbia University’s Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.

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