Department of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the Cary C Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has focused her career on diabetes, including the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her research addresses the many ways in which nutrition can impact on the risk for development of diabetes, and on the risk of complications of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Studies have typically included culturally and regionally diverse populations. Dr. Mayer-Davis’ primary focus now is on childhood diabetes. She is Principal Investigator for the Carolina site of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, and she serves as the national co-chairperson for this large multi-center study. Recently funded studies address nutritional factors that may improve prognosis for adolescents with type 1 diabetes, behavioral strategies to help youth with type 1 diabetes better manage their disease, and prevention of type 2 diabetes in high-risk American Indian youth. Intervention strategies are patient-centered, using problem solving skills training and motivational interviewing that incorporates communication technologies as desired by the patient. Dr. Mayer-Davis is very active in the American Diabetes Association and was the 2011 President for Health Care and Education for the Association. She also serves as an appointee of President Obama on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.