Jane A Cauley

  • Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Interim Chair
  • Faculty in Epidemiology

Dr. Jane A. Cauley, DrPH, Distinguished Professor Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania).

She was the Principal Investigator (PI) of several large cohort studies including the Study of Osteoporotic Fracture (SOF) and the Osteoporotic Fracture Risk in Men (MrOS). The Study of Osteoporotic Fractures recently ended after 31 years. Results from both of these studies have made major improvements in our understanding of osteoporosis in older men and women. Dr. Cauley was Co-PI for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and served as study wide Chair of the Osteoporosis, Calcium and Vitamin D Committee for almost the entire duration of the trial. She continues to serve on the WHI Osteoporosis Scientific Interest Group.

Dr. Cauley served as the Director of the Epidemiology of Aging Training Program (NIA T32) since its inception in 1989 to 2006 and currently continues as the Co-Director. She is Past President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).

Dr. Cauley has authored more than 939 papers for scientific journals and 27, book chapters. She co-edited a book entitled the Epidemiology of Aging, published in 2012. She is invited to lecture frequently for both national and international meetings.

She has an established track record of mentoring students. As of March 2021, she has had 35 PhD/DrPH students as Primary Mentor and Chair; 4 PhD students as Co-Primary Mentor and 15 Master’s students. She currently has 1 PhD student . She has directed the 2-credit graduate course on the Advanced Epidemiology of Aging since 1989.


  • Epidemiology of Osteoporotic Fractures and Falls
  • Epidemiology of Aging, including Women's health issues, and functional decline
  • Epidemiology of Sex Hormones and Their Relationship to Chronic Disease
  • Inflammation, Vitamin D and Fractures/ Osteoporosis
  • Ethnic/Racial Differences in Fracture
  • Sleep and its relationship to fractures, falls, physical and cognitive function and mortality
  • Crosstalk between muscle and bone
  • Knee osteoarthritis, falls and mortality





  • 1975 Boston College, BSN, Cum Laude
  • 1980 University of Pittsburgh, MPH, Epidemiology, Public Health Nursing
  • 1983 University of Pittsburgh, DrPH, Epidemiology


  • 1978-79, University of Pittsburgh, Recipient: Professional Nurse Traineeship
  • 1984, University of Pittsburgh, University Scholar
  • 1984, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Center for Nursing Research, National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology
  • 1986, NHLBI FIRST Award: Epidemiology of Apo-Lipoprotein in Older Women (HL40489)
  • 1990, Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega Society
  • 1996, American Epidemiological Society Membership
  • 2002, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 1 of 12 scientists chosen as making a difference in your health
  • 2003, American Society for Bone & Mineral Research (ASMBR), Elected Council Member
  • 2004, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, (GSPH) Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2004, University of Pittsburgh, GSPH, President, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
  • 2011, University of Pittsburgh, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • 2011, ASBMR, Frederic C. Bartter Award
  • 2014 SmithBucklin Leadership Institute, Member
  • 2014, European Calcified Tissue Society, Golden Femur Award
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Reuters Influential Scientists, The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds
  • 2015, University of Pittsburgh, Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award
  • 2016-2017, ASBMR President-elect
  • 2017-2018, ASBMR Past President-elect
  • 2018, ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award
  • 2018, Fellow Award, American Society of Bone Mineral Research
  • 2021, Fellow Award, Gerontological Society of America




  • EPIDEM 2900 Advanced Epidemiology of Aging (Spring 2021 and 2023)
  • EPIDEM 2250 Epidemiology Seminar Series (Spring 2021 and Fall 2022)




Selected Publications