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photo Kathryn H Schmitz, PhD, MPH


Visiting Professor of Medicine

Associate Director, Catchment Area Research

Leader, Moving Through Cancer Program


Phone: 412-623-6216

Office: 5150 Centre Ave
Room 549B
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-6216
Education and Training
BA, Economics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1984
MSEd, Exercise Science, Queens College, CUNY, 1994
PhD, Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, 1998
MPH Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1999
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1999
Training Instituted for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, NIH, 2018
Research Interest
The Schmitz lab is interested in:
1. the role of exercise on physiologic and psychosocial outcomes among people living with and beyond cancer.
2. Policy, health services, and implementation science efforts to translate the robust exercise oncology evidence base into standard of care.
3. Training the next generation of exercise oncology researchers.
Notable Achievements
Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Award, American Heart Association, 2000
Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award, School of Public Health, U Minnesota, 2004
Trudy Bush Fellowship, American Heart Association, 2006
Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Award, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Catalyst Award, National Lymphedema Network, 2010
Deans Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), 2013
George Kotzias Award, Hellenic Society of Physiology, Greece, 2017
Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2022
Citation Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2022