Elaine Puleo

Professional Title: 
Research Associate Professor and Division Director, Environmental Health Sciences
Department: 
Biostatistics
Campus Address: 
149 Goessmann
Education: 

B.A., University of Colorado, 1973; M.S., Colorado State University, 1981; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1989

Area(s) of Specialization: 

cluster randomized design, CBPR statistical analysis, behavioral medicine randomized controlled trials

Research Description: 

My research has focused mainly on risk behavior interventions to reduce cancer risk. I have worked with many different behavioral medicine professors on multi-center trials. I provided design, implementation, analysis and paper writing expertise.

Lately I have expanded to working in Community Based Participatory Research. I have developed active collaborations with many local communities working to alleviate the burden of health inequities and health disparities. I have formulated a campus-community coalition with the communities of Holyoke and Springfield, MA, along with working with coalitions in Lawrence, Greenfield, and Northampton, MA. Some of the work in these communities has been to address inequities in cancer screening, rates of teen drug and alcohol use, teen pregnancy, HIV rates and inequities in health information.

Much of my work is funded through NIH research grants.

Key Publications: 

2004 Zapka JG, Lemon S, Puleo E, Estabrook B, Luckmann R, Erban S. Patient Education for Colon Cancer Screening:  A Randomized Trial of a Video Mailed Before a Physical Exam. Annals of Internal Medicine, 141:9 683-692.

2005 Emmons K, Puleo E, Park E, Gritz E, Butterfield R, Weeks J, Mertens A, Li F. Peer-Delivered Smoking Counseling for Childhood Cancer Survivors Increases Rate of Cessation: The Partnership for Health Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2005 23(27):6516-6523.

2005 Puleo E, Zapka JG, Goins K, Ulcickas M, Taplin S, Mouchawar J, Manos M, Somkin C. Accurate Reporting of Recommendations for Care Related to Followup of Adnormal Screening Tests. Evaluation and Health Professionals, 2005 28(3):310-27.

2009 Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Puleo EM, Masse LC, Atienza AA. Awareness of national physical activity guidelines for health promotion among US adults. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise 2009 V41(10):1849-1855.

2011 DiFulvio G, Linowski SA, Mazziotti JS, Puleo E. Effectiveness of the Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Program with a Mandated Population. J of American College Health 2011 60(4)269-280.


Elaine Puleo Curriculum Vitae