Martha A Terry

  • Associate Professor and Director of the Master's Program, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Dr. Terry is trained as a cultural anthropologist. Her research interests include sociocultural aspects of human sexuality, reproductive decision-making, HIV/AIDS and women’s health. She is also interested in community-based participatory research, and implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions.

Current work includes collaborating with colleagues at Pitt Nursing and around the country to tailor materials for preventing gestational diabetes in Hawai'i Island Native/Alaska Native teen girls. In addition, she is working on a focus group study with Pitt Nursing colleagues exploring the acceptability of a graphic user interface in clinical settings. Areas of expertise include process evaluation, focus group facilitation and analysis, stage-based outreach training and role model story development training.

Dr. Terry directs the MPH Program in BCHS, serves on the BCHS MPH Admissions Committee, BCHS MPH Curriculum Committee, Pitt Public Health Faculty Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, and Pitt Public Health MPH Committee, which she chairs.

She is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Latin American Studies, and the University Honors College, an adjunct instructor in GSPIA and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Nursing.

She works on an as-asked basis with community-based agencies that need guidance in conducting and analyzing focus groups and that need safer-sex workshops. She is Past-President of the Friendship Community Group, a neighborhood association that ensures quality of life and safe, accessible public green spaces in Pittsburgh’s East End.


Dr. Terry teaches BCHS 2554 Introduction to Community Health, a departmental core course, as well as the electives BCHS 2560 Introduction to Population Problems, BCHS 2562 Seminar in Family Planning, BCHS 2575 Seminar in Maternal and Child Health and BCHS 2599 Public Health Approaches to Women’s Health. In addition, she has developed a seven-week focus group workshop, taught through the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (PIA 2730) and BCHS (BCHS 2605). Dr. Terry teaches BCHS 2509 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, a core course offering for the school-wide MPH curriculum.