Patricia Pendergast Lillquist


Associate Clinical Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Chronic Disease Evaluation and Research
Corning Tower, Room 565
Albany, NY  12237-0679
Phone: (518) 473-7817
Fax: (518) 474-2086           


B.S. Psychology Union College, Schenectady, NY 1975
M.S.W. Social Welfare University at Albany; State University of New York 1982
Ph.D. Social Welfare University at Albany; State University of New York 2004   

Personal Statement

I have worked in public health since 1984. I have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities ranging from study of the effectiveness of the first law in the nation to require seatbelt use, to assessing public health programs and policies for underserved women and directing disease surveillance. I look forward to helping with the challenges in public health ahead and preparing students for this work.  

Research Interests 

I am interested in work to advance effective public health programs and policies in chronic disease, aging and women’s health. This includes policy analyses, methods for disease and risk factor surveillance, understanding of related health disparities, and dissemination of information for planning and evaluation. 

Selected Publications

Leung, S., Sinclair, A., Battles, H., Swain, C., French, P., Anderson, B., Sowizral, M., et al. (2015). HIV test offers and acceptance: New York State findings from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system and the national HIV behavioral surveillance, 2011-2012. JAIDS, 68(1):S37-S44.

McLaughlin CC, Lillquist PP, and Edge SB. Surveillance of prophylactic mastectomy: Trends in use from 1995 through 2005. Cancer. 2009 Dec 1; 115(23):5404-12

Lillquist PP. Implementing case management in New York State’s Healthy Women Partnerships. Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online] 2008; 5(2).

Stricof R, Lillquist PP, Thomas N, Belay E, Schonberger L and Morse D. An investigation of potential neurosurgical transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: challenges and lessons learned. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2006, 27(3);302-304.

Lillquist PP. Can case management be used to facilitate diagnostic testing in publicly funded breast cancer screening programs? Social Work in Health Care, 2004, 40(2);55-71.

Lillquist PP. Challenges in surveillance of dementias in New York State. Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online] 2004.

Lillquist PP and Abramson J. Separating the apples and oranges in the fruit cocktail: The mixed results of psychosocial interventions and cancer survival. Social Work in Health Care, 2002, 36(2);65-79.

Lillquist PP. Breast cancer policy as a paradigm for other health prevention issues: Analysis of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990, Journal of Health and Social Policy, 2001, 12(3); 17-32.

Evans JL, Nasca PC, Baptiste MS, Lillquist PP, Stoddard A, True S, and Tuthill RW. Factors associated with repeat mammography in a New York State public health screening program. J. Public Health Management Practice. 1998, 4(5); 63-71.

Lillquist PP, Alciati MH, Baptiste MS, Nasca PC, Kerner JF, and Mettlin C. Cancer control planning and establishment of priorities for intervention by a state health department. Public Health Reports, Nov-Dec 1994, vol 109; 791-083.

Lillquist PP, Baptiste MS, Witzigman MA, and Nasca PC. A population-based survey of sun lamp and tanning parlor use in New York State, 1990. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994; 31(3 Pt 1):510-2