Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM

  • Division Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, Public Health and Clinical and Translational Science
  • Edmund R. McCluskey Chair in Pediatric Medical Education
  • Medical Director, Community and Population Health, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Scientific Director, Children's Community Health Collaborative, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Co-Director, Community Engagement, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and 412 YouthZone

Elizabeth Miller is the director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and maintains an active research program focused on reducing gender-based violence to improve adolescent health with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, Office on Women’s Health, and foundations.

Examples of research include a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of a gender-based violence-prevention program, funded by the CDC, which involves training coaches to encourage their middle-school male athletes to recognize and stop disrespectful and harmful behaviors toward girls. Another CDC-funded study involves testing a gender transformative program (addressing healthy masculinity and sexuality) among African American males ages 13–19 in 20 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Another cluster-randomized, controlled trial is testing a brief sexual assault intervention (NIAAA R01) at student health centers on 28 college campuses.

Miller also serves as research consultant to Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit organization providing resources to health care providers in their efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Project Connect, anational training project funded by the Office on Women’s Health, involves work with states and tribal organizations on the integration of partner-violence prevention and intervention into public health programs, specifically reproductive health, adolescent health, and maternal child health programs. Miller has served as the evaluator for this project as well as a similar project located in community health centers in California, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Massachusetts Medical Society, Member, 1988-2008
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1997-Present
    • Fellow, 2005
    • Council on Community Pediatrics and Committee on Adolescence, Member
  • American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine Fellow, 2001-2008
  • Academic Pediatrics Association, Member, 2002-Present
  • Community Campus Partnerships in Health, Member, 2002-Present
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2005-Present
    • Fellow, 2015
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member (by nomination), 2011-Present
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2014-Present
  • Association of American Physicians, Member (by nomination), 2019-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, History of Art, Yale University, 1988
  • MD, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1994
  • PhD, Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, 1994
  • Internship and Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1994-1995
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Department of Social Medicine, 1995-1997
  • Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics, 1997-2000

Selected Publications

*Chugani CD, Jones KA, Coulter RWS, Anderson JC, Talis J, Goldstein TR, Chung T, Miller E.  Increased Risk for Binge Drinking Among College Students with Disability who Report Sexual Violence. Journal of American College Health. In press.

*Ettinger AK, Ray KN, Burke JG, Thompson J, Chavis V, Cole S, Jenks T, Miller E. (2020). A community partnered approach for defining child and youth thriving. Academic Pediatrics. 2020;S1878-2859(20)30187-X. PubMed PMID: 32445827. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.04.011

Chugani CD, Fuhrman C, Abebe KZ, Talis J, Miller E, Coulter RWS.  Wellness and resilience for college and beyond:  Protocol for a quasi-experimental pilot study investigating a dialectical behavior therapy skills-infused college course.  BMJ Open.  In press.

Ray KN, Gitz KM, HU A, Davis AA, Miller E. Non-Response to Health-Related Social Needs Screening Questions. Pediatrics. In press.

Ragavan MI, Culyba AJ, Randell KA, Miller E, Chu K. Electronic vapor product use and violence victimization among a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;S1054-139X(20)30318-9. PubMed PMID: 32693986. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.007

Hill AL, Miller E, Switzer GE, Yu L, Heilman B, Levtov RG, Vlahovicova K, Espelage DL, Barker G, Coulter RWS. Harmful Masculinities among Younger Men in Three Countries: Psychometric Study of the Man Box Scale. Preventive Medicine. 2020;139:1016185. PMID: 32593728. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106185

*Sequeira, GM, Ray KN, Miller E, Coulter RWS. Transgender Youth's Disclosure of Gender Identity to Providers Outside of Specialized Gender Centers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 66(6):691-698. PubMed PMID: 32089449. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.12.010

*Sequeira, GM, Kidd K, Coulter RW, Miller E, Garofalo R, Ray KN. Affirming Transgender Youths’ Names and Pronouns in the Electronic Medical Record. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020;174(5):501-503. PubMed PMID: 32091546 doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0671

Grace KT, Perrin N, Clough A, Miller E, Glass NE. Correlates of reproductive coercion among college women in abusive relationships: Baseline data from the College Safety Study. J Am Coll Heal. 2020;0(0):1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1790570. PubMed PMID: 32672505

Documet, PI, Louth, W, Smith-Tapia, I, Jaime, MC, Miller, E, Taverno Ross, SE.  Pedagogic Tailoring of a Human Research Ethics Training for Community-Engaged Research with Latinos. Health Promotion Practice, accepted for publication Aug. 10, 2020.

*Sequeira GM, Kidd KM, Coulter RWS, Miller E, Fortenberry D, Garofalo R, Richardson LP, Ray KN. (in press). Transgender Youths’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Delivery of Gender-Affirming Care. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020.

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Gender-based Violence (Violence Against Women and Girls)
  • Youth Violence
  • Community Health
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Public Health Intervention Research
  • Cross-cultural Care Education and Health Disparities
  • Social Medicine – Medical Anthropology

Research Grants

NIH 1UL1TR001857-01, Community PARTners Core (Director of Community Engagement, PI: Reis), 2016-2021, $35,009 annual direct costs.

NIH T32HD087162, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Adolescent Research in Community Postdoctoral Training Grant (PI), 2016-2021, $223,734 annual direct costs.

NIH R01DA012237, Pittsburgh Girls Study: Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors/STI in Young Adulthood (Co-I, PI: Chung), 2016-2021, $11,661 annual direct costs.

CDC R01CE002981, Expect Respect Middle School:  Preventing Serious and Lethal Violence Among Youth With Prior Violence Exposure (PI), 2018-2021, $269,214 annual direct costs.

NIH R01MD013797, Creating Peace:  community-based youth violence prevention to address racism and discrimination (PI), 2019-2024, $499,967 annual direct costs.