Jaime Sidani, PhD, MPH, CHES

Assistant Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Jaime SidaniBiography

Jaime joined the Center in 2011 after practicing as a university health educator for 5 years. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a BA in Health & Society, she completed an MPH at the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. Jaime completed her PhD in Health Education at the University of Toledo and maintains her status as a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is a key player in studies conducted at MTH and continues to develop novel approaches in assessing and tracking health behaviors. Her main research interests include adolescent health behavior and tobacco use prevention, with a specific focus on media and technology.


PhD, Health Education—University of Toledo

MPH, Health Education & Promotion—Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health

BA, Health and Society—University of Rochester


Title: Leveraging Twitter to Monitor Nicotine and Tobacco-Related Cancer Communication
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant NumberR01-CA225773  
Years: 2018-2022

Title: Development of Two New Media Literacy Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Tennesee Department of Health
Years: 2018-2019

Title: Optimizing Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Fine Foundation
Years: 2017-2019

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications (See More)

  1. Sidani JE, Shensa A, Yabes J, Fertman C, Primack BA. Waterpipe tobacco use in college and non-college young adults in the USA. Family Practice. In press, 2018. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmy037​

  2. Sidani, JE, Shensa A, Naidu MR, Yabes J, Primack BA. Initiation, progression, and sustained waterpipe use: A nationally-representative longitudinal study of U.S. young adults. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention. 2017;26(5):748-755. doi: 10.1157/1055-9965

  3. Sidani JE, Shensa A, Hoffman B, Hanmer J, Primack BA. The association between social media use and eating concerns among U.S. young adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016;116(9):1465-1472. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2016.03.021​

  4. Sidani JE, Shensa A, Shiffman S, Switzer GE, Primack BA. Behavioral associations with waterpipe tobacco smoking dependence among U.S. young adults. Addiction. 2016; 111(2), 351-359. doi: 10.1111/add.13163 

  5. Sidani JE, Shensa A, Barnett TE, Cook RL, Primack BA. Knowledge, attitudes, and normative beliefs as predictors of hookah tobacco smoking initiation: A longitudinal study of university students. Nicotine Tobacco Research. 2014;16(6), 647-654. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt201


Email: jaime.sidani@pitt.edu

Twitter: @jaimesidani