Jessica Burke is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Burke has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from New York University, a masters of health sciences in international health, and a PhD in social and behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jessica studied under the tutelage of Dr. Andrea Gielen at the Center for Injury Research & Policy.
Concentrated on the health of women and children, Dr. Burke's research interests focus on the reciprocal relationship between health, behavior, and environment. Her current research employs ethnographic and social epidemiologic techniques. She is also interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive interventions that address important women's health problems. Her work has been used to help develop a clinic-based, peer-advocate, intimate-partner, violence-intervention program for women and also demonstrates that the process by which women are able to end their abuse is consistent with the Transtheoretical (or Stages of Change) Mode.