Christina F Mair

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology
  • Affiliated Faculty, Public Health Dynamics Lab

I am a social epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health, Associate Director of the Public Health Dynamics Lab, and affiliate faculty in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and Department of Epidemiology. I am Component Director of a NIAAA P60 Center Grant Component that applies a behavioral risk modeling framework within an agent-based modeling platform to help clarify social ecological mechanisms that underlie the etiology of alcohol-related problems in California communities, and develop a select set of scenarios to alter social ecological mechanisms related to drinking contexts and assess their effects on alcohol-related problems. I am also PI of a recently completed NIAAA grants focused on context-specific sexual risks among college students and testing four specific social mechanisms that may link over-concentrations of off-premise alcohol outlets in neighborhood areas to alcohol-related problems (e.g., violence). In addition to my alcohol-focused research, I am interested in the spatial and social patterns of substance use.


2010 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI | Ph.D., Epidemiology
2005 | University of Washington, Seattle WA | MPH, Epidemiology
2003 | Brown University, Providence RI | Sc.B., Environmental Science


BCHS 3015 | Community Mapping and Introductory Spatial Analysis

BCHS 2991 | Multilevel Analysis in Public Health
Selected Publications
  1. Mair C, Sumetsky N, Kranich C, Freisthler B. Availability of medical cannabis dispensaries and cannabis abuse/dependence-related hospitalizations in California.Addiction. 2021; 116(7):1908-1913.
  2. Mair C, Sumetsky N, Gaidus A, Ponicki WR, Grueuewald PJ. Multi-resolution analyses of neighborhood correlates of crime: Smaller is not better.American Journal of Epidemiology. 2021; 190(1):150-160.
  3. Lee JP, Ponicki W,Mair C, Gruenewald P, Ghanem L. What explains the concentration of off-premise alcohol outlets in Black neighborhoods? SSM- Population Health. 2020; 12:100669. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100669
  4. Sumetsky N, Burke JG,Mair C. Relationships between opioid-related hospitalizations and intimate partner violence and child maltreatment hospitalizations in Pennsylvania across space and time.Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2022; 37(5):NP3473-3491.