Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD

  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Elizabeth Miller is the director of 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), CDC, 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, anational 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.

Education and Training

BA, History of Art, Yale University, 1988
MD, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1994
PhD, Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, 1994
Internship and Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1994-1995
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Department of Social Medicine, 1995-1997
Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics, 1997-2000

Representative Publications

*Chugani CD, Jones KA, Coulter RWS, Anderson JC, Talis J, Goldstein TR, Chung T, Miller E.  Increased Risk for Binge Drinking Among College Students with Disability who Report Sexual Violence. Journal of American College Health. In press.

*Ettinger AK, Ray KN, Burke JG, Thompson J, Chavis V, Cole S, Jenks T, Miller E. (2020). A community partnered approach for defining child and youth thriving. Academic Pediatrics. 2020;S1878-2859(20)30187-X. PubMed PMID: 32445827. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.04.011

Chugani CD, Fuhrman C, Abebe KZ, Talis J, Miller E, Coulter RWS.  Wellness and resilience for college and beyond:  Protocol for a quasi-experimental pilot study investigating a dialectical behavior therapy skills-infused college course.  BMJ Open.  In press.

Ray KN, Gitz KM, HU A, Davis AA, Miller E. Non-Response to Health-Related Social Needs Screening Questions. Pediatrics. In press.

Ragavan MI, Culyba AJ, Randell KA, Miller E, Chu K. Electronic vapor product use and violence victimization among a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;S1054-139X(20)30318-9. PubMed PMID: 32693986. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.007

Hill AL, Miller E, Switzer GE, Yu L, Heilman B, Levtov RG, Vlahovicova K, Espelage DL, Barker G, Coulter RWS. Harmful Masculinities among Younger Men in Three Countries: Psychometric Study of the Man Box Scale. Preventive Medicine. 2020;139:1016185. PMID: 32593728. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106185

*Sequeira, GM, Ray KN, Miller E, Coulter RWS. Transgender Youth's Disclosure of Gender Identity to Providers Outside of Specialized Gender Centers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 66(6):691-698. PubMed PMID: 32089449. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.12.010

*Sequeira, GM, Kidd K, Coulter RW, Miller E, Garofalo R, Ray KN. Affirming Transgender Youths’ Names and Pronouns in the Electronic Medical Record. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020;174(5):501-503. PubMed PMID: 32091546 doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0671

Grace KT, Perrin N, Clough A, Miller E, Glass NE. Correlates of reproductive coercion among college women in abusive relationships: Baseline data from the College Safety Study. J Am Coll Heal. 2020;0(0):1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1790570. PubMed PMID: 32672505

Documet, PI, Louth, W, Smith-Tapia, I, Jaime, MC, Miller, E, Taverno Ross, SE.  Pedagogic Tailoring of a Human Research Ethics Training for Community-Engaged Research with Latinos. Health Promotion Practice, accepted for publication Aug. 10, 2020.

*Sequeira GM, Kidd KM, Coulter RWS, Miller E, Fortenberry D, Garofalo R, Richardson LP, Ray KN. (in press). Transgender Youths’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Delivery of Gender-Affirming Care. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020.

Achievements and Awards

Editorial Board: Violence Against Women
Advisory Board: Chair, Research Committee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Advisory Board: Violence Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Advisory Board: Advisory board member, National Girls Institute, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs
Advisory Board: Board member, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Distinguished Mentor, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2014 to the presen
Distinguished Professional Award, Center for Victims, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2015
Community Health Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
Linda A. Dickerson Award, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
Health Care Heroes, Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016
Community Partner Award, Auberle Foundation, McKeesport, Pa., 2016
Philip Troen, MD, Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2017