Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD - Immediate Past President, Health Care & Education
Immediate Past President, Health Care & Education
Elizabeth J. Mayer–Davis is Immediate Past President‚ Health Care & Education of the American Diabetes Association‚ the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®. She is also Professor‚ Departments of Nutrition and Medicine‚ Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine‚ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mayer–Davis' American Diabetes Association service includes numerous national appointments‚ including a term on the Board of Directors. She is currently serving on the Cardiometabolic Risk Initiative Subcommittee and the Nutrition Subcommittee for the Professional Practice Committee. In addition‚ she has served as Chair of the Professional Section Interest Group on Epidemiology and Statistics‚ the Health Care Reform Task Force‚ the Scientific Sessions Planning Committee‚ the Publications Policy Committee‚ the Professional Practice Committee‚ the Grant Review Panel‚ the Diabetes Care Editorial Board‚ and the Kelly West Award Selection Committee.
Over the last 20 years‚ her research has focused on diabetes in youth‚ diabetes prevention and management‚ and diabetes among African Americans and other minority and underserved populations. Mayer–Davis is currently Chairperson for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study and Principal Investigator for the SEARCH Carolina Site‚ as well as Principal Investigator on several other studies focused on type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth. She has served as an investigator on many NIH funded multi–center studies including the Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study‚ the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS)‚ the LOOK AHEAD: Action for Health in Diabetes study‚ and the Treatment Options for Type 2 in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill‚ Mayer–Davis held academic appointments with the Arnold School of Public Health of the University of South Carolina‚ the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University‚ and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group.
Mayer–Davis earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California‚ Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado School of Medicine‚ and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Tennessee.