The overall goal of this research program pillar is diabetes prevention, control and self-management behavioral interventions. Current research projects include several community-based studies with Community Health Workers and volunteers. DOPM leads both the Metrics and Community Engagement Cores of UAB’s Diabetes Research & Training Center, one of only six NIDDK-sponsored diabetes research and training centers in the U.S.
Current projects include behavioral intervention studies for weight loss to prevent diabetes onset in Latinas, training medical residents in motivational interviewing with patients to reduce weight, utilizing CHWs to impact diabetes prevention and self management in urban and rural Alabama, and educating underserved regions of Alabama about diabetes, among others.
Faculty associated with this program area include physician scientists in internal medicine, preventive cardiology, and economists and many of their studies focus on eliminating the disparities in diabetes prevention and education among Alabama’s minority populations. Faculty with primary research focus in this area are:
- Andrea L. Cherrington, MD, MPH (co-leader)
- Gareth R. Dutton, PhD (co-leader)
- Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD
Faculty with a secondary research interest in this area are:
- Monica L. Baskin, PhD
- Renee A. Desmond, DVM, PhD
- Mona Fouad, MD, MPH
- Yufeng Li, PhD
- Robert A. Oster, PhD
- Maria Pisu, PHD