Bachelor in Education, University Pittsburgh, 1970. Master of Social Work, University Pittsburgh, 1972. Master in Public Health, University Pittsburgh, 1977.
Doctor of Philosophy with distinction, University Pittsburgh, 1979.
Program counselor/supervisor, Transitional Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc., Pittsburgh, 1972-1974; mental health professional, St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, 1974-1975; senior research social worker, Magee-Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, 1976-1978; research associate School Public Health, U. Pittsburgh, 1976-1980; research coordinator School Social Week, U. Pittsburgh, 1978-1979; assistant professor public health, U. Pittsburgh School Public Health, since 1980. Research consultant United States Public Health Service Region 5, Chicago, 1985-1988, Washington-Greens Human Superior vena cava syndrome, 1982-1984, Southwestern Pennsylvania Area on Aging, Monessen, 1980-1983. Research director Family Health Council of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, 1982-1987.
Active Mayors Commission on Families, Pittsburgh, 1988-1994, Infant Mortality Review Team, Pennsylvania Perinatal Association, Pittsburgh, 1990-1993, Injury Prevention Advisory Board Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, since 1989, Venango-Forest Community Health Action Committee, 1992-1995. Steering committee Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, since 1994. Member National Association of Social Workers, American Public Health Association, National Rural Health Association, Pennsylvania Forum for Primary Health Care, Pennsylvania Public Health Association, Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, Association Certified Social Workers, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (alumni board of leadership Pittsburgh 1991-1994), Delta Omega.
Married Frank Joseph Pistella. 1 child, Lauren Nicole.