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Samantha A. Barry, PhD
Diabetes Center of Excellence UMass Memorial Medical Center University of Massachusetts Medical School
Samantha Barry, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusettes Diabetes Center of Excellence. Dr. Barry's interests include pediatric diabetes psychology, family stress as it relates to diabetes care, and diabetes management in psychosocially vulnerable populations. Dr. Barry’s clinical goals include helping patients to develop effective coping mechanisms, to prioritize and set achievable goals, and to celebrate small achievements in patients’ daily lives to reinforce the positive. While diabetes educators teach patients about the disease, Dr. Barry points out, there is “a big difference between knowing and doing.” Her focus is primarily on the practical ways to assist patients with a chronic disease like diabetes by championing a holistic approach to the patient as “a whole person.”
Stephanie T. Melton, PhD, MA, MPH
University of South Florida
Stephanie T. Melton, PhD, MA, MPH is a researcher at Nielsen. She received Masters degrees in Public Health and Applied Anthropology and doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses have been on the psycho-social factors that influence health and nutritional behaviors among children, youth and adults, as well as the application of qualitative methodology and social marketing to health promotion.
Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MPH, MA is the National Director of Mission for JDRF. She received her Doctoral degree in Public Health at the University of South Florida and her Masters degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Regent University. Dr. Johnson has worked in diabetes for twenty years as an advocate, educator, researcher and public speaker. Presently, Dr. Johnson is the the Chair of the Board of the Diabetes Empowerment Foundation, a Board member of DECA, and an multi-term Appointee to the Florida Governors Diabetes Advisory Council. Dr. Johnson has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1993 and was named Miss America 1999.
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