Elizabeth Walker recently accepted the 2016 Richard R. Rubin Award from the American Diabetes Association in recognition of her work, which is focused on studying and understanding the behavioral aspects of diabetes in diverse populations.
The association presented the award to Walker at its 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she delivered a talk -- titled “Crossing Borders” -- for her Richard R. Rubin Award lecture.
"Thank you, Dr. Walker, and congratulations for this recognition of your contributions to our body of knowledge about behavioral medicine and diabetes," American Diabetes Association Health Care and Education President Margaret Powers said. "Your exceptional research, mentorship and generous collaboration with colleagues have enhanced the role of behavioral science in diabetes."
Walker works at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, located in New York City, where she is a professor of medicine and epidemiology. Her approach focuses on taking behavioral interventions and communication technologies and applying them in the real world: in clinical care and community settings.
Walker’s work has particularly focused on underserved urban populations; she has also worked to positively impact developing countries like Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, she has been an investigator with several NIH-funded studies and is a co-investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program and its Outcomes Study.