Faculty Bio - Evelyn O. Talbott, Dr. P.H.
Department of Epidemiology
A526 Crabtree Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Evelyn O. Talbott, Dr. P.H., M.P.H.
is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an environmental epidemiologist with over 25 years of experience and is currently Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh, Academic Partner for Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking. The center is part of an 8 year CDC funded project and has as its primary goals to conduct activities that will assist in forming the basis of the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN). This Project currently focuses on cardiovascular disease and PM2.5 for one of its projects and also at the potential sources of ambient lead in the environment and its effect on US childhood blood levels. The Academic Partners are charged with providing the tools and methods to conduct epidemiological investigations that will be the underpinnings of the network. Efforts in this area also include the application and refinement of a real time asthma surveillance system through the Allegheny County Health Department as well as techniques to link environmental triggers such as ozone and particulates to cardio-respiratory health outcomes.
She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the Department of Epidemiology from this institution and worked with the PA state Health Dept to conduct numerous health studies investigating environmental exposures. . She recently served on a National Academy of Science committee entitled “NRC committee on Estimating Mortality Risk Reduction and Economic benefits from Controlling Ozone Air Pollution”.
Dr. Talbott is the primary instructor for the Environmental Epidemiology Course within the Department and also primary advisor for students in this area. She was one of the founding members of ISEE, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for four years. ISEE is a 1000 member organization dedicated to environmental epidemiology research. She has conducted numerous investigations into the relationship of various environmental exposures and health outcomes including a 20-year mortality follow-up of 31,000 individuals following the TMI accident in collaboration with the Pa Dept of Health. She is a fellow of the American heart Association and the Council on epidemiology and Prevention. She has mentored and advised over 70 doctoral and masters students within the department of Epidemiology .
My major interests are in environmental epidemiology and cardiovascular risk factors in women. Most recently I have been working in the area of environmental public health tracking and linking health outcomes to putative environmental risk factors. These include childhood lead poisoning, PM2.5 and cardiopulmonary outcomes and the study of cancer clusters.
Education & Training
Positions and Honors
- Bethany College - B.S. Biology, 1969
- University of Pittsburgh - M.P.H. Epidemiology, 1971
- University of Pittsburgh - Dr.P.H. Epidemiology, 1976
1971 - 1972
Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Department of Community Medicine, Chicago, IL
1972 - 1975
Teaching Fellow: Doctoral Student, Department of Epidemiology, GSPH, Univ of Pittsburgh
1976 - 1978
Instructor, Department of Epidemiology, GSPH, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1978 - 1989
Assist. Prof., Department of Epidemiology, GSPH, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1983 - 1990
Assistant Director, Center for Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Protection Agency
1992 - Present
Member, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
1997 - Present
Associate Professor, (Secondary Appt.) Department of Speech Communication Sciences and Disorders
1990 - Present
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, GSPH, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2002 - Present
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1997 - Present
Professor, Secondary Appointment, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1988 - Present
Delta Omega, Public Health Society
1984 - 1987
Special Emphasis Research Career Award (CDC/NIH)
1970 - 1972
U.S. Public Health Service Training Grant
Elected Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
Pittsburgh Business Times, Health Care Hero in Health Care Innovations and Research (Hospital Council of Western PA)
Member, National Academy of Science Panel on Estimating Mortality Risk Reduction and Economic benefits from Controlling Ozone Air Pollution, NRC
- American Heart Association
- International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
- Androgen Excess and PCOS Society
- American Academy of Endocrinology
Environmental Epidemiology 2220
Epidemiology Seminar Series 2250
CDC Academic Partners in Environmental Public Health Tracking: U19 EH000103-05
This CDC funded project has as its primary goals to 1) facilitate environmental health capacity building, 2) evaluate existing environmental health surveillance methodologies, and 3) foster development of innovative strategies and tools to assess possible links between hazards, exposures and health effects. The projected date for initial national implementation is June of 2009. The project will involve the evaluation of data linkage of health outcomes including childhood birth defects, autism, blood lead levels, childhood cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes such as low birth weight and 1UGR with environmental hazard and environmental exposure data for use by health departments for surveillance and potential public health
NICHD National Children's Study: HHSN267200700002
This contract is for the establishment of study centers for the National Children's Study in Westmoreland County and in Marion County. The National Children's Study (NCS) is a longitudinal cohort that will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of approximately 100,000 children.
Pittsburgh Aerosol Research Inhalation Epidemiology Study: EP-P29581/C13936
Electric Power Research Institute has funded the University of Pittsburgh to conduct the Pittsburgh Aerosol Research Inhalation Epidemiology Study (PARIES) which is an academic research project to examine the relationship between air pollution and several health endpoints, particularly cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality, in the Pittsburgh region during the period 1999-2006. Health outcomes to be included are daily mortality, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits. The principal and co-investigators on the project are Richard Bilonick, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Evelyn Talbott, DrPH, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (2009-2010).
Heinz Endowments - Environmental and Personal Risk Factors in Childhood Autism
The primary objective of this epidemiological study is to investigate the association of specific environmental factors with the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by conducting a population based case-control study of ASD In Southwestern Pennsylvania with cases recruited from autism clinics and treatment centers as well as local pediatric and family medicine practices.
CDC - 200-2010-37443 - Air Quality and Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Effects
The aim of this project is to advance the understanding of the association of ambient fine particulate air pollution with cardiovascular effects and make recommendations for further data and research needs within the Environmental Public Health Tracking program.
CDC - 200-2010-37444 - Development of Environmental Exposure Assessment Methods
This study will assess the impact of air lead on childhood lead poisoning through an ecological county level study, a case-control study, and an assessment of additional biomonitoring data through NHANES individual data on a US sample of children aged 1-5 for 1999-2004.
Selected publications (in chronological order)
- Risk of CHD in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Allegheny County Air Pollution Study
- Wang PG, Gong J, Wang SQ, Talbott EO, Zhang B, He QQ. Relationship of body fat and cardiorespiratory fitness with cardiovascular risk in
Chinese children. PloS one. 2011;6(11):327896. PMID:2214722. PMCID:PMC3218065
- Shire JD, Marsh GM, Talbott EO, Sharma RK. Advances and current themes in occupational health and environmental public health
surveillance. Annu Rev Public Health 2011 Apr 21; 32:109-32. PMIC: 21219165.
- Wright-Walters M, Volz C, Talbott E, Davis D. An updated weight of evidence
approach to the aquatic hazard assessment of Bisphenol A and the derivation a new
predicted no effect concentration (Pnec) using a non-parametric method. Total
Environment. 2011. 409:676-685. PMID:21130487
- Han YY, Talbott E, Donovan M. Time trends and racial differences in female breast cancer incidence in Pennsylvania. 1985-2004. J Womens
Health 2011 Feb 25. PMID:21351870
- Xu X, Sharma RK, Talbott EO, Zborowski JV, Rager J, Arena VC, Volz CD. PM10 air pollution exposure during pregnancy and term low birth
weight in Allegheny County, PA 1994-2000. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2011 Mar; 84(3):251-7. Epub 2011 May 23. PMID: 20496078
- Cassidy LH, Marsh GM, Talbott EO, Kelsey SF. Initial and continued adherence with bladder cancer screening in an occupationally exposed
cohort. J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Apr;53(4):455-60. PMID:21407093
- Talbott EO, Xu X, Youk AO, Rager, JR, Stragand JA, Malek AM. Risk of leukemia as a result of community exposure to gasoline vapors: A
follow-up study. Environ Res. 2011 May;111(4):597-602. Epub 2011 Mar 31. PMID:21453914
- Zgibor JC, Gieraltowski LB, Talbott EO, Fabio A, Sharma RK, Karimi H. The association between driving distance and glycemic control in rural
areas. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 5 (3): 494-500, 2011. PMID:21722565;
- Helzner, EP, Patel AS, Pratt S, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Cauley, JA, Talbott E, Kenyon E, Harris TB, Satterfield S, Ding J, Newman AB. Hearing sensitivity
in older adults: Associations with cardiovascular risk factors in the health, aging and body composition. JAGS (in press). 2011 Jun 7.
- Lee PC, Talbott EO, Roberts JM, Catov JM, Sharka RK, Ritz B. Particulate air pollution exposure and C-reactive protein during early
pregnancy. Epidemiology 2011 Jul;22(4):524-31. PMID:21516040
- Xu X, Nemblard WN, Kan H, Kearney G, Zhang ZJ, Talbott EO. Urinary trichlorophenol levels and increased risk of attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder among US school-aged children. Occup Environ Med 2011 May 3. PMID:21540483; PMCID:PMC3131187
- Cipkala-Gaffin J, Talbott EO, Song, MK, Bromberger, J, Wilson, J. Associations among depressive symptoms, anxiety, anger, hostility, and
satisfaction with life in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Women's Health. 2011 Oct 17. PMID:22004245.
- Han YY, Youk AO, Sasser H, Talbott EO. Cancer incidence among residents of the Three Mile Island accident area: 1982-1995. Environmental
research. 2011 Nov;111(8):1230-5. PMID:21855866.
- Meyer ML, Malek AM, Wild RA, Korytkowski MT, Talbott EO. Carotid artery intima- media thickness in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human reproduction update. 2011 Nov 22. PMID:22108382
- Glad JA, Brink LL, Lee PC, Talbott EO, Xu X, Saul M, Rager J. The Relationship of Ambient Ozone and PM2.5 Levels and Asthma Emergency Department Visits: Possible influence of Gender and Ethnicity. Environ Health Perspect, 2012 Apr;67(2):103-8.PMID:22524651
- Lee PC, Roberts JM, Catov JM, Talbott EO, Ritz B. First trimester exposureto ambient air pollution, pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes in Allegheny County, PA. Maternal and child health journal. 2012 Apr 28. PMID:22544506
- Xu X, Zborowski JV, Arena VC, Rager J, Talbott EO. Case-crossover analysis of air pollution and cardiorespiratory hospitalizations: using routinely collected health and environmental data for tracking: science and data. Journal of public health management and practice: JPHMP. 14(6):569-76. PMID:18849777.
- Smith HA, Markovic N, Matthews AK, Danielson ME, Kalro BN, Youk AO, Talbott EO. A comparison of polycystic ovary syndrome and related factors between lesbian and heterosexual women. Women's health issues 21(3):191-8. PMID:21310628
- Xu, X, Freeman NC, Dailey AB, Ilacqua VA, Kearney GD, Talbott EO. Association between exposure to alkylbenzenees and cardiovascular disease among National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) participants. International journal of occupational and environmental health. 15(4):385-91. PMID:19886349
- Lange JH, LaPorte RE, Talbott EO, Chang YF. Use of the capture-recapture method for determining the prevalence of neurological parasitic diseases. Neuroepidemiology; 23(1-2): 99; author reply 99-100.
- Talbott EO, Gibson LB, Burks A, Engberg R, McHugh KP. Evidence for a dose- response relationship between occupational noise and blood pressure. Archives of environmental health. 54(2):71-8. PMID:
- Lee PC, Talbott EO, Roberts JM, Catov JM, Bilonick RA, Stone RA, Sharma RK, Ritz B. Ambient Air Pollution Exposure and Blood Pressure
Changes during Pregnancy. Environmental Research, May 24, 2012 (in press)