Lora E. Burke, M.N. ’78, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Burke, professor of nursing and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Graduate School of Public Health, received her M.N. from the UCLA School of Nursing with a cardiovascular specialty, then completed her Ph.D. in nursing and M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at the same institution, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1999. Starting with a National Research Service Award as a doctoral student, Burke has had continuous National Institutes of Health funding to support her research program, which has included a series of clinical trials focused on behavioral strategies to improve compliance to treatment regimens targeting cardiovascular disease risk reduction and long-term weight loss. She has incorporated the use of technology to validate self-report measures, and was the first to document actual patterns of self-monitoring among participants in behavioral treatment for weight-loss studies. An active mentor of junior faculty members and students, Burke has also maintained leadership positions in the American Heart Association and the Society of Behavior Medicine.