Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work and Internal Medicine, Washington University
Professor Haire-Joshu is an internationally renowned scholar of health behavior who develops population wide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes, particularly among underserved youth. She joins the Brown School this summer and will help advance the School's efforts in the area of public health, including the development of the School's Master of Public Health degree.
Professor Haire-Joshu holds a secondary appointment with the 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.
Professor 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. Her work as chair of the Health Policy Committee led to her appointment as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is also a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society for public health.