Elizabeth Miller

  • Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
  • Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Pitt School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics and of Clinical and Translational Science, Pitt School of Medicine

BCHS's Elizabeth Miller also directs 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), the CDC, the 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, a national 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.


Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Rethinking Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention: Sex, Gender, and Trauma,” keynote speaker, International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, N.H., 2016
  • “Trauma Informed Care and Universal Education, Beyond Screening,” Texas Health Summit, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, TX, 2016
  • “Rural Adolescent Health Disparities: Is It about Geography and Access?” Rural Behavioral Health Conference, Canonsburg, Pa., 2016
  • “Rethinking Relationship Abuse in Sexual Violence Prevention in Adolescents: Sexuality, Trauma and Gender,” 2016 Ohio Adolescent and Young Adult Health Statewide Summit, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2016
  • “Understanding IPV, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence,” (IPV) Summit, Rockville, Md., 2016
  • “Rethinking Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention: Exploring the Roles of Sexuality, Trauma, and Gender,” Healthy Relationships Brown Bag Lecture Series, Penn State New Kensington, New Kensington, Pa., 2017
  • “Impact of Violence on Health,” National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, Congressional Briefing, Washington D.C., 2017