President of the Board of Directors

Joyce E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE

Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, Ph.D. is 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.  Dr. 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. Dr. Balls-Berry is the principal investigator of several health disparities research studies. 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.  She is the co-PI of a National Science Foundation Grant that seeks to expand opportunities for diverse scientists.  As an educator, Dr. Balls-Berry received the Mayo Clinic Teacher of Year and CCaTS Educator of the Year 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. Dr. Balls-Berry has served as a mentor and coach to a number of students, academics, and leaders. Her work as a mentor focuses on assisting others in finding their true calling.

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Joyce Balls-Berry

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