Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, RN, MS, MA

Joyce Wood Professor, Brown School and School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Diabetes Translation Research and Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research
Keywords:
early childhood settings, diabetes prevention, health disparities, health policy, nutrition policy, obesity prevention, school settings, maternal and child health

Professor Haire-Joshu is an internationally renowned scholar of health behavior who develops populationwide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes, particularly among underserved women and children. Her areas of interest include the intergenerational aspects of obesity prevention, policy initiatives to prevent obesity and diabetes prevention, particularly in early childhood and school settings.

Dr. Haire-Joshu holds a joint appointment in the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and directs both the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research (COPPR) and the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR). COPPR aims to discover and integrate new science into policies designed to prevent obesity. The WU-CDTR, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, is working to eliminate the root causes of obesity and disparities in Type 2 diabetes within diverse populations, and serves as a resource to academic and national organizations to support underrepresented groups and disciplines conducting translation research.