Thomas J. Songer, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Voice Mail: 412-624-5326
Applying epidemiologic methods to the evaluation of the economic,
social, and health consequences of youth-onset diabetes, youth-onset
obesity, and injuries. Dr. Songer's current work focuses on examining
the costs and benefits of interventions in childhood diabetes treatment
and prevention, and in examining the relative contribution of health and
disability to motor vehicle crashes and injuries.
Past projects have focused on investigating injuries related to the
weather, identifying the medical costs related to diabetes, the costs
associated with child maltreatment, and evaluating the influence of
economic factors as risk factors in diabetes outcomes.
- Diabetes Health Economics
- Injury Epidemiology
- Diabetes and Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Economic Impact of Obesity Interventions
- Injuries to Wheelchair Users in Motor Vehicle Transportation
- Injuries arising from Thunderstorms
- Selected Publications
Courses at Pitt
- EPIDEM 2110; Principles of Epidemiology
- EPIDEM 2670; Injury
- EPIDEM 2640; Injury Prevention & Control
- HRS 1017; Intro to Epidemiology
Recent Research Support
- STOPP-T2D, Studies to Treat or Prevent Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes.
- The Healthy Lifestyle Project. NIDDK
- Targeting Obesity and Blood Pressure in Urban Youth. NHLBI
Education & Training
- Dorsey R, Songer T. Lifestyle behaviors and physician advice for
change among overweight and obese persons with prediabetes and diabetes in
the United States. Prevention of Chronic Diseases 8(6):132, 2011.
[Accessible at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2011/nov/10_0221.htm]
- Songer TJ. The earnings of people with diabetes: a signal of poor
health or a sign of better things to come? Diabetologia 53(6):1017-18,
- Songer T, Stephens-Stidham S, Peek-Asa C, Bou-Saada I,
Hunter W, Lindemer K, Runyan C. Core Competencies for Injury and Violence
Prevention. Amer J Public Health 99:600-606, 2009.
- Songer TJ, Dorsey RR. High risk characteristics for motor vehicle
crashes in persons with diabetes by age. Annu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
- Songer TJ, Glazner J, Zhang P, and the TODAY Study Group.
Examining the economic costs related to lifestyle and pharmacologic
interventions in youth with Type 2 diabetes. Expert Review of
Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research 6(3):315-324, 2006.
- Songer TJ, Lave JR, Kamlet MS, Frederick S, Ness RB. Preferences for
Fertility in Women with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Fertility & Sterility
- Songer TJ, Fitzgerald SG, Rotko KA. The Injury Risk to Wheelchair
Occupants using Motor Vehicle Transportation. Annu Proc Assoc Adv Automot
Med 48:115-129, 2004.
- Ettaro L, Songer TJ, Zhang P, Engelgau MM. Cost of Illness Studies in
Diabetes. PharmacoEconomics 22(3):149-164, 2004.
- LaPorte RE, Songer TJ, Gower IF, Lave LB, Ekoe JM. Insulin-Using
Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers. Federal Highway Administration, Office
of Motor Carriers, Pub. No. FHWA-MC-92-012, Washington, DC, US Dept. of
Transportation, May 1992. [Available online at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/research-technology/publications/medreports.htm.]
Selected PDF documents
- Songer TJ, Coben JH, Ettaro L, Staren D. Health Care
Costs Associated with Violence in Pennsylvania. Highmark, Inc., Camp
Hill, PA, March 2000
- Songer TJ, Ettaro L, and the Economics of Diabetes Project Panel. Studies on the Costs
of Diabetes, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, 1998.
- Songer T, Caggiula A, Ettaro L, Olson M, Larsen D. Cost-Effectiveness of
Nutrition Therapy in the MDRD Study.
- Songer TJ. Disability
in Diabetes. In: Diabetes in America, 2nd
Edition. National Diabetes Data Group. NIH Pub. No. 95-1468, Washington,
DC, US Government Printing Office, 1995.