Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Hematology/Oncology

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photo Linda B. Robertson, DPH, MSN, BSN

Associate Director, Health Equity and Community Outreach & Engagement

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health CBHS

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Phone: 412-647-8588

Office: 5150 Centre Avenue
Room 524
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-647-8588
Fax: 412-623-3303
Education and Training
BSN, Carolow College, 1975
MSN, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Dr.PH, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Research Interest
Vaccine Decision Making: One of Dr. Robertson’s area of interest continues is decision-making, particularly related to cancer prevention and early detection, including preventative vaccines.
Knowledge and Health Behaviors Related to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection: Dr. Robertson continues to explore the growing problem of HPV infection in our community. Particular interest includes; assessment of individuals’ of lower SES and their knowledge of HPV infection, specifically methods of transmission, the potential for illness/disease, and prevention of HPV through behavior and vaccination. Health Equity and Cancer Care: Dr. Robertson is the site PI for the RCT for “Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE)”. Social stressors, air pollution, and cancer: Dr. Robertson with a multidisciplinary team has recently completed a pilot study using a mixed qualitative and geostatistical approach for characterizing psychosocial stressors, and their spatial relationships with air pollution, across the city of Pittsburgh, and to explore possible relationships with other exposures and cancer incidence. Further research is in the process of being developed currently.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Robertson has a strong interest and expertise in working with underserved communities/populations. This includes racial and ethnic minority populations, the LGBTQIA community, the un/underinsured and individuals of low literacy. She enjoys providing clinical -related activities in addition, to her own research with these groups. The focus of her efforts is to evaluate preventative cancer screening and related behaviors in individuals in a variety of community based settings and clinics throughout the UPMC CancerCenter catchment area. She and her team conducts screenings where appropriate, provides follow up, identifies barriers to care and provides navigation services when necessary.
Selected Publications:
Cykert, S., Eng, E., Manning, M., Robertson, L., Heron, D., Jones, N., Schaal, J., Zhou, H., Yongue, C., Gizlice, Z. A Successful Intervention Aimed at Black-White Disparities in Cancer Care. New England Journal of Medicine. 2018; PMC Journal - In Process.
Samuel, C.A., Lightfoot, A., Robertson, L., Foley, K., Guerrab, F., Ellis, K., Schaal, J., Mayhand, A., Jones, N., Morse,C., Black, K., Kollie, J., Smith, B., Eng, E. Establishing New Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnerships using the CBPR Charrette Model: Lessons from the Cancer Health Accountability for Managing Pain and Symptoms (CHAMPS). Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2018; 12(1): 89-99.
Schall J, Lightfoot A, Black K, Stein K, Baker-White S, Cothern C, Gilbert K, Yongue-Hardy C, Joen J, Mann L, Mouw M, Robertson L, Water E, Yonas M. Community-Guided Focus Group Analysis to Examine Health Disparities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Progress in Community Health Partnership: Research, Education and Action. 2016; 10(1): 159-167.
Annonio D, Hoffman L, Zedrick J, Robertson LB, Tuite P. "Implementation of the S.E.T. (Support, Empathy and Truth) Communication Tool to Improve Patients' Perceptions of Communication with Nurses". . 2015.
Taioli E, Joseph GR, Robertson L, Eckstein S, Ragni C. Impact on patients’ involvement in the decision making process. Journal of Cancer Education. 2014; 29(1): 44-9.
Seven M, Akyuz A, Robertson L. Interventional education methods for increasing women's participation in breast cancer screening programs in Turkey. Journal of Cancer Education. 2014; 10: 1007.
Bennett CL, Stinson TJ, Vogel V, Robertson L, Leedy D, OBrien P, Hobbs J, Sutton T, Ruckdeschel JC, Chirikos TN, Weiner RS, Ramsey MM, Wicha MS. Evaluating the financial impact of clinical trials in oncology: results from a pilot study from the Association of American Cancer Institutes/Northwestern University clinical trials costs and charges project. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2000; 18(15): 2805-2810.
Ragin CC, Edwards PR, Jones J, Thurman NE, Hagan KL, Jones EA, Moss CM, Smith AC, Akers A, Gollin SM, Heron DE, Andraos-Selim C, Bondzi C, Robertson L, Taioli E. Knowledge about human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine – a survey of the general population. Infect Agent Cancer, 2009;. Infectious Agent Cancer. 2009; 4: 10.
Winters S, Herberman R, Heron D, Robertson LB, Morgenlander K, Lin CJ. A novel method for benchmarking recruitment of African American cancer patients to clinical therapeutic trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2008; 26(31): 5074-7.