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Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD

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Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology & Clinical Research
2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-518
Baltimore, Maryland 21205





Dr. Hill-Briggs is Professor of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research focuses on assessment methods and clinical intervention in behavioral medicine, with an emphasis on patient self-management and outcomes in ethnic minorities with chronic diseases. She is interested in application of problem-solving and decision-making models to self-management and health behavior change and has been PI on multiple NIH grants investigating problem-solving training for CVD risk self-management in high risk patients with type 2 diabetes. She is developer of the DECIDE (Decision-making Education for Choices In Diabetes Everyday) self-management program. Research also includes cognitive/neuropsychological processes in chronic disease, translation of research to clinical practice settings and community-based settings, and evidence-based behavioral medicine.

In her role as Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development with Johns Hopkins HealthCare, her academic activities focus on monitoring and evaluation of population health initiatives and integration of research into practice.

Honors and Awards

Elected Member, National Academies of Practice, Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology (2004)

National Institutes of Health/Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Fellow, Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials involving Behavioral and Social Interventions (2004)

Appointed to National Academy of Neuropsychology Committee on Culture and Diversity, Chair, Section on Disability Issues (2004)

Promising Young Investigator, Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dean's Award

Elected to Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2007-2010)

Chair, Professional Council on Behavioral Medicine and Psychology, American Diabetes Association (2007-2009)

Fullwood Foundation Valued Hours Awardee for preofessional and community activities toward diabetes prevention and care (2009)

Best Research Award, Caribbean Health Research Council/Caribbean Public Health Agency (CHRC/CARPHA) 53rd Annual Scientific Sessions (2013)

Appointed, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Cognitive Aging (2014)

National Spokesperson, National Prediabetes Campaign (American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, and Ad Council) (2015)

Member and Officer, National Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association (2014 – 2018)

National President, American Diabetes Association, Health Care and Education (2018)

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, NASEM (2017)

Rachmiel Levine Medal for Leadership and Service, American Diabetes Association (2018)

  • Psychology, behavioral medicine, chronic disease
  • population health
  • diabetes, disease self management, tests and assessment, neuropsychology, problem solving, minorities, African Americans, health disparities, rehabilitation, health related quality of life

Selected Publications

  • Fitzpatrick SL, Golden SH, Stewart K, Sutherland J, DeGross S, Brown T, Wang NY, Allen J, Cooper L, Hill-Briggs F. Effect of DECIDE (Decision-making Education for Choices In Diabetes Everyday) Program Delivery Modalities on Clinical and Behavioral Outcomes in Urban African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Trial. Diabetes Care, 2016; 39(12), in press.
  • Young-Hyman D, DeGroot M, Hill-Briggs F, Gonzalez J, Hood K, Peyrot M. Psychosocial Care for People with Diabetes: An American Diabetes Association Position Statement. Diabetes Care, 2016; 39(12), in press
  • Hill-Briggs F, Lazo M, Peyrot M, Doswell A, Chang YT, Hill MN, Levine D, Wang NY, Brancati FL. Effect of problem-solving-based diabetes self-management training on diabetes control in a low income patient sample. J Gen Internal Med. 2011 Sep;26(9):972-8. PMID: 21445680; PMCID: PMC3157525.
  • Palta P, *Schneider (Christman) AL, Biessels GJ, Touradji P, Hill-Briggs F. Magnitude of cognitive dysfunction in adults with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of six cognitive domains and the most frequently-reported neuropsychological tests within domains. J Internat Neuropsycholog Soc.2014;20(3):278-91. PMID: 24555960.
  • Hill-Briggs F, Schumann KP, Dike O. Five-step methodology for evaluation and adaptation of print patient health information to meet the < 5th grade readability criterion. Medical Care. 2012 Apr;50(4):294-301. PMID: 22354210; PMCID: PMC3318988
  • RICH LIFE Project