Administrative Core

Principal Investigator: Margaret A. Potter, JD, MS

The PHASYS Core manages the overall administration for the project, provides centralized resources for the four research arms, scientific leadership and quality control, oversight and support for new researcher training, and administration for pilot projects. One of the major resources supplied by the Core is the PHASYS Advisory Group, whose members represent national, state, regional, and local practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. The Core engages the Advisory Group as research participants whose responsibility is to ensure that all aspects of the research, including the study design, results, and dissemination strategies are aligned with the needs of the public health preparedness community.

Funding for pilot studies is a way that PHASYS can expand the capacity for public health systems research within Pitt Public Health, as well as broaden its own goals. Three pilot studies that have been or are currently being supported are:

  1. H1N1 Influenza: Attitudes toward Vaccines and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Drugs—A National Survey
  2. Modeling Behavior Change in the H1N1 Pandemic
  3. Geospatial Area and Information Analyzer (GAIA), a Visualization Tool for Understanding Emergency Preparedness through Geospatial Analysis

For more information on each of these studies please click on the above links.

The formal specific aims for the Core as stated in the application to the CDC are:

  • Support the development of inter-disciplinary collaborations to conduct research on generating criteria and metrics for measuring the effectiveness of preparedness and emergency response systems
  • Build capacity for systems research on preparedness and emergency response within the school of public health
  • Test strategies for translation of evidence derived from systems research into policy and practice for preparedness and emergency response

Administrative Core Publications
Administrative Core Presentations


Administrative Core Personnel

Margaret A. Potter, JD, MS
Principle Investigator
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Donald S. Burke, MD
Associate Investigator
Dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Director, Center for Vaccine Research
University of Pittsburgh

Russell G. Schuh, EdD
Visiting Research Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Leslie Fink, BA
PHASYS Project Coordinator
Center for Public Health Practice
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Kurt Holliday
Communications Specialist

Center for Public Health Practice
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health