Dr. Kriska is a physical activity epidemiologist actively involved in diabetes and other chronic disease research. She has extensive experience with many National Institute of Health single and multi-site efforts in the areas of behavioral lifestyle intervention and physical activity assessment. These clinical trials focus on women and health outcomes; lifestyle and vascular stiffness in young adults; and diabetes risk factors, including intervention efforts in minority populations and developing countries.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) currently funds Dr. Kriska’s work translating the successful behavioral intervention of the Diabetes Prevention Program into diverse community settings. She also conducts studies through the Diabetes Prevention Support Center of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Kriska is the Executive Director of the Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health and also directs the Department of Epidemiology’s Prevention/Lifestyle Intervention concentration.
Dr. Kriska received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Dayton and her Masters of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kriska also earned her doctorate in epidemiology from Pitt and completed her post-doctoral studies in cardiovascular epidemiology for the NIDDK in Phoenix, Arizona.