Debra Haire-Joshu

Professor, Brown School and School of Medicine


Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar of health behavior who develops population wide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes, particularly among underserved youth. Haire-Joshu holds a secondary appointment with Washington University School of Medicine.

She directs the Obesity Prevention and Policy Research Center and also serves as associate director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center. Her current research is supported by a number of National Institutes of Health agencies including the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Missouri Foundation for Health. She has published and presented her research extensively, and reviews for numerous professional journals and NIH research review groups.

Haire-Joshu recently served as a Health Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Barack Obama and as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of Senator Edward Kennedy.

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