Dr. Gittner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biochemistry/ Toxicology from Wright State University and received her Doctorate in Public Administration and Health Policy from University of Akron. Dr. Gittner’s post-doc was at Case Western Reserve University as a Program Director for a National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities grant (1RC2-MD004760-01) studying mechanisms to activate medically and socially disenfranchised patients to advocate for their own health.
She is an Associate Member of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and a Member of The American Society of Public Administrators. Dr. Gittner is an expert on peer social support to improve health outcomes. Her research focuses on the management of life course disease through social networks. Dr. Gittner's prior research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Garfield Foundation, Eastbay Foundation and Komen Foundation. Previously, Dr. Gittner was Director of Research for Kaiser Permanente and Director of novel dose development for Watson Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.