Elizabelth A Walker, PhD, RN,
is a director of the New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr Walker is currently conducting a pilot study to adapt the National Diabetes Prevention Program and tailor it for men in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City. Dr. Walker recently completed a large NIH-funded behavioral intervention study, for which she was the principal investigator, in minority diabetes populations, using telephonic interventions in Spanish and English to promote medication adherence, lifestyle change, screening for complications, and other self-management behaviors. She has completed several National Eye Institute funded studies to promote ophthalmic examinations to screen for retinopathy in minority diabetes participants. She is a behavioral scientist and co-investigator for the multi-center Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study, and she co-chairs the DPP Medication Adherence Workgroup. Through the CDTR, she provides or facilitates various intervention and evaluation services to multiple health disparities grants in the New York City community.
She collaborates in NIH-funded research with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Walker is a diabetes nurse specialist; she has been a certified diabetes educator (CDE) since 1986. She was co-chair of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Expert Panel on Risk Perception and Decision Making in Chronic Disease. In 1999-2000, she served as the national President, Health Care & Education, of the American Diabetes Association. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (FAADE). In 2016, she was awarded the ADA Richard R. Rubin award for contributions to behavioral science in diabetes.