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Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society

Director, Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-586-9789
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: bprimack@pitt.edu
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Education
BA, Yale University, 1991
EdM, Harvard University, 1993
MD, Emory University, 1999
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

Training
Family Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Saint Margaret's Hospital (http://stmargarets.familymedicine.pitt.edu/), 2002

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Influence of technology and media on health
Leveraging technology to improve health
Innovation in health sciences education
Collaborative approaches to care
Tobacco and alternative tobacco and nicotine products
Community health
Health policy
 

Profile
Dr. Primack graduated Yale University with degrees in English and mathematics. He then received his master’s degree in psychology and education from Harvard University. He subsequently graduated first in his class from Emory Medical School in 1999 and trained in family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Saint Margaret's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He now combines his expertise and interests by researching the ways in which technology and media can affect health outcomes, both positively and negatively. He also develops and evaluates innovative interventions to reduce leading causes of morbidity and mortality such as tobacco and alcohol abuse, risky sexual behavior, disordered eating patterns, emotional health problems, and inappropriate prescribing.

He is the recipient of the 2006 New Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of Adolescent Medicine, the 2009 Faculty Physician Scholar Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the 2010 Top Early Career Researcher from the Society for Behavioral Medicine. He was a TEDMED Mainstage Speaker in 2014 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sgmA9eborA).

He is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society and Director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (crmth.pitt.edu) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lab Personnel and Web page
Please see crmth.pitt.edu for a full list of the 37 staff, students, and affiliated faculty connected with our Center.
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Recent Grants
Title: R01: Alcohol Marketing and Underage Drinking
Role: Co-Investigator (J. Sargent, PI)
Amount: $2.5 million
Funding Agency: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: R01: Cessation in Non-Daily Smokers: An RCT of NRT with Ecological Momentary Assessment
Role: Principal Investigator (MPI with H. Tindle, MD)
Amount: $2.8 million
Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: R01 Supplement: Exploring sex differences in Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $100,000
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: R21: Improving U.S. Health Policy Regarding Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $370,000
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: R21: Health Information Technology and Evidence-Based Prescribing among Medical Residents
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $300,000
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: R24: Emergence of Gender Inequitable Practice in Adolescence
Role: Co-Investigator (E. Miller, PI)
Amount: $460,000
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Alcohol-Related Messages in Social Media
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $100,000
Funding Agency: ABMRF Alcohol Research Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: R01: Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $2.4 million
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2017

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