Alison Culyba, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Science

Advisory Committee Memberships

  • Advisory board member, Allegheny County Health Department Violence Prevention Advisory Board
  • Appointed member, UPMC Gun Violence Prevention Committee
  • Appointed member, Violence Prevention Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Co-chair, Violence Prevention Special Interest Group, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Chair, Student and Young Professional Committee, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
  • Member, Research Committee, National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs

Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Bystander-Based Interventions to Reduce Violence,” workshop lecturer, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference, Seattle, Wash., March 2018 
  • “Social and Environmental Contexts—How and Why They Matter for Youth Violence Prevention,” lecturer, UPMC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Conference Series, Pittsburgh, Pa., October 2018
  • “Breaking the Cycle of Violence—Why Neighborhood Contexts and Social Connections Matter,” lecturer, UPMC Children’s Hospital Trauma Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.,. October 2018 Adolescent Medicine Research Methods Curriculum, co-director, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, design interdisciplinary curriculum, design and teach two to three seminars per year and facilitate remaining sessions; 1015 students, residents, fellows, and post-doctoral scholars, monthly seminar; one hour / session

Professional Affiliations / Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Academic Pediatrics Association
  • Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research


Education & Training

  • MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests

Alison Culyba was awarded an NIH/National Center for Advancing Transitional Sciences (NCATS) KL2 award through the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute -- Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program (1 KL2 TR001856). She also was awarded an Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award. Her mission is to prevent adolescents in urban neighborhoods from perpetrating or being victimized by violence through strengthening family and community support networks. Her long-term career goal is to be an independent physician-scientist who develops, tests, and scales novel interventions to mitigate the impact of youth violence. Culyba’s current work focuses on strengthening adolescent-adult connections to reduce youth violence. Through the Clinical and Transitional Science (CTS) KL2 award, she is applying novel hierarchical clustering techniques and modeling social networks to study associations between adolescent-adult connections and multiple forms of violence victimization and perpetration in a diverse, community-based sample of Pittsburgh youth. Through an implementation science framework, she seeks to translate these findings into a community-based violence prevention intervention that leverages connections and safeguards youth. Culyba also investigates novel methods to study how the physical environment shapes violence risk. Supported by an Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award, she is studying how features of the built and social environments shape violence risk across twenty low-resource neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.