Debra Haire-Joshu


Joyce Wood Professor, Brown School

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Debra Haire-Joshu is an internationally renowned scholar of health behavior who develops population-wide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes among underserved women and children. She holds a joint appointment in the Washington University School of Medicine, and directs 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, supports over 80 investigators across the country conducting studies to eliminate the root causes of obesity and disparities in Type 2 diabetes. Haire-Joshu also serves as a faculty director for the Centene Center for Health Transformation, an industry-academic research collaboration that tests, implements and evaluates behavior-based interventions in real-world settings.

Haire-Joshu serves on the advisory board to national organizations addressing obesity prevention programs, she is a member of an NIH study section, and she has published and presented her research extensively. At the Brown School, Haire-Joshu teaches obesity prevention and policy courses and works with masters and doctoral students to engage in applied community research.

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Home-based lifestyle intervention minimizes maternal weight gain

Home-based lifestyle intervention minimizes maternal weight gain

Weight gain during pregnancy and postpartum are important causes of long-term weight gain and the development of obesity-related diseases among women. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis finds providing a home-based lifestyle intervention effectively minimizes excess maternal weight gain during pregnancy and through 12-months postpartum in underserved African American women with obesity.
Diabetes intervention works best at home

Diabetes intervention works best at home

A public health research team at the Brown School has taken one of the most effective diabetes intervention programs and made it more accessible by partnering with an existing home-visit organization dedicated to working with mothers of preschool-aged children.