Balls-Berry Laboratory

Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE

Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE

Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and Core Leader for the newly established Health Disparities and Equity Core in the Knight ADRC (Center Director John Morris, MD). Prior to joining Washington University School of Medicine, Balls-Berry was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She completed her formal education at Xavier University of Louisiana with graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine and The University of Toledo. Balls-Berry completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in health equity, epidemiology, and biostatistics at The University of Florida. Her work as a scientist centers on increasing awareness of the importance of community-patient engagement in research to increase health equity in minority and under-resourced communities. Recently, she completed a PCORI project to expand the efforts of the Minority Women in Research Network, which she established in 2011. The network’s mission is to promote community-patient engagement in research conducted by minority women scientists interested in research collaborations, academic scholarship, innovation, and dissemination. As an educator, Balls-Berry received the Mayo Clinic Teacher of Year for the Graduate School and Educator of the Year for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science awards. The faculty and the student body vote on these awards. Recently, she shared her story of living with dyslexia and handling personal challenges as TEDx Talk.


Selected Publications:

  1. Balls-Berry JE, Hayes S, Parker M, Halyard M, Enders F, Albertie M, Pinn V, Radecki Breitkopf C. The Effect of Message Framing on African American Women's Intention to Participate in Health-Related Research. J Health Commun 2016 May; 21 (5):527-33. PMCID: PMC4898191
  2. Balls-Berry JE, Sinicrope PS, Valdez Soto MA, Albertie ML, Lafflam R, Major-Elechi BT, Juhn YJ, Brockman TA, Bock MJ, Patten CA. Using Garden Cafes to engage community stakeholders in health research. PLoS One. 2018; 13 (8):e0200483 Epub 2018 Aug 10 PMID: 30096153 PMCID: 6086403 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200483
  3. Denny, A, Streitz, M, Stock, K, Balls-Berry, JE, et al. Perspective on the “African American participation in Alzheimer disease research: Effective strategies” workshop, 2018. Alzheimer's Dement. 2020; 16: 1734– 1744. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12160
  4. Balls-Berry JE, Greene, E, McCormick J, Quirindongo-Cedeno O, Chhina J, Weavers K, Brockman TA, Bock MA, Cornelius K, Patten CA, Enders FB. An Academic Medical Center’s Learners’ Perceptions of Health Disparities PRiMER. 2018
  5. Balls-Berry JE, Billings H, Ernste L, Valdez Soto M, Frimannsdottir K, Weavers K, Montori VM, Patten CA. Development of a self-directed, online-learning curriculum to increase community-engaged research in clinical and translational science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Apr; 1 (2):135-139 PMID: 28649456 PMCID: 5471827 DOI: 10.1017/cts.2016.19

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