Dr. Primack is the Director of MTH, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society, and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Yale University with degrees in English and Mathematics, he taught adolescents and studied human development for his master's degree at Harvard University. He subsequently graduated first in his class from Emory Medical School and trained in Family Medicine in Pittsburgh. Dr. Primack combines his expertise in education, technology, human development, and medicine by researching the effects of media and technology on health.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Chu joined MTH as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2016. He completed his BS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, MS in Computer Science from Columbia University, and PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii. His interdisciplinary training focused on applying technology and social network analysis to different aspects of interactive online education. For the past several years, he has been a Research Scientist at the University of Southern California, studying various public health issues, including tobacco control, community health coalitions, and social media based health surveillance. Dr. Chu’s current research is focused on innovative methods of using online technologies to support health science.
Jason joined the MTH team in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and research staff. He received a B.S. with high honors, majoring in Psychology and Communications, and an M.Ed. in Social and Comparative Analysis, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He has served in various research administration roles for the past 10 years. Jason is currently a Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Translational Science program at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary research interests include social media use typologies, online peer-to-peer support networks, early-intervention models for substance use, and econometrics of research.
Ariel Shensa, MA
Statistician and Data Manager
Ariel joined the Center in 2010 and is responsible for data management and analysis. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Chatham University and M.A. in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. Ariel is currently a Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Translational Science program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include structural equation modeling, social media use and addiction, media literacy, and tobacco use prevention.
Dr. Sidani joined the Center in 2011 after practicing as a university health educator for 5 years. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Health & Society, she completed an M.P.H. at the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. Dr. Sidani completed her Ph.D. in Health Education at the University of Toledo and maintains her status as a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is a key player in studies conducted at MTH and continues to develop novel approaches in assessing and tracking health behaviors. Her main research interests include adolescent health behavior and tobacco use prevention, with a specific focus on media and technology.
Current and Recent Students
Public Health Students
Affiliated University of Pittsburgh Faculty
Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc
Medicine, Clinical and Translational Research, Health Disparities
A. Everette James, JD, MBA
Health Policy and Government
Kevin Kraemer, MD, MSc
Alcohol Use, Clinical Medicine
Steven Martino, PhD,
RAND, Health Psychology
Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Community-Based Research
Brooke Molina, PhD
Psychiatry, Psychology, Youth Development, Substance Use
Ana Radovic, MD
Daniel Rosen, PhD
Social Work, Substance Use, Aging, Technology, Business
William G. Shadel, PhD
RAND, Health Psychology, Media Messages, Substance Use
Galen E. Switzer, PhD
Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychometrics
Charles Wessel, MLIS
Library Science, Systematic Reviews
Jessica Levenson, PhD
Health psychology, Psychiatry, Sleep