Dr. Berry obtained a Diploma in Nursing at the Sisters of Charity Hospital School of Nursing and Canisus College in Buffalo, New York in 1976. She received a BSN from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina in 1987. In 1997, she received her MSN and ANP-BC from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Dr. Berry received her PhD at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in Philosophy of Science. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University from 2003-2005 in Nursing and Self and Family Management of Chronic Conditions. Dr. Berry focuses on management and prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus using community-based research in English and Spanish in the United States and in Mexico. Current research interests include translation science focusing on dissemination and implementation using web-based and smart phone interventions.
Industry Expertise (4)
Health and Wellness
Health Care - Services
Areas of Expertise (6)
Type 2 Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes Milletus
Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar (professional)
2014 - Present
National Association of Counties Award for Club Choice Plus (professional)
Yale: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Self and Family Management 2005
Boston College: Ph.D., Philosophy of Science
Boston College: MSN, ANP-BC, Nursing
Lenoir Rhyne College: BSN, Nursing 1987
Sisters of Charity Hospital School of Nursing: Diploma, Nursing 1976
- Academy of Nursing : Fellow
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners : Fellow
Media Appearances (1)
Diane Berry Receives NIH Funding for Diabetes Research
UNC School of Nursing online
SON Faculty member Dr. Diane Berry (Lead PI), Dr. Alison Stuebe (MPI) and Dr. Sarah Verbiest (Co-I) from the SOM and Dr. Todd Schwartz from the School of Nursing and Biostatistics, have received pilot funding from the NIH/NIDDK for a study aimed to assist women with gestational diabetes, prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and improve their infants’ outcomes. The study will test a 14-week intensive intervention on the benefits of breastfeeding, understanding gestational diabetes and risk of progression to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, nutrition and exercise education, coping skills training, and physical activity (Phase I) and 3 months of continued monthly contact (Phase II) to help overweight women diagnosed with gestational diabetes improve metabolic, clinical, weight, adiposity, health behaviors and self-efficacy. Trends in breastfeeding duration and intensity, maternal infant feeding behavior, infant growth trajectory (weight-for-length) will also be measured.
Research Focus (1)
Nutrition and Exercise Interventions
Dr. Berry's expertise is in developing community-based nutrition and exercise education and cognitive theory-based interventions for families in English and Spanish in North Carolina and Mexico.
Research Grants (1)
Co-Investigator and Co-Director
National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training on Theory-Based Nursing Intervention to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness, Competing Continuation
A Mixed-Methods Study on Factors Influencing Prenatal Weight Gain in Ethnic-Minority WomenJournal of Midwifery & Women’s Health
2014 ABSTRACT: Gaining too much weight in pregnancy is associated with perinatal complications and increases the risks of future obesity for both women and their infants. Unfortunately, women enrolled in intervention trials have seen little improvement in adherence to prenatal weight gain recommendations compared to women receiving standard prenatal care...
Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Asian IndiansClinical Nursing Research
2014 ABSTRACT: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is increasing in Asian Indians globally. In this article, we review published studies of interventions designed to prevent T2DM or improve self-management in South Asian Indians...
Recruitment and Retention Strategies for a Community-Based Weight Management Study for Multi-Ethnic Elementary School Children and Their ParentsPublic Health Nursing
2012 ABSTRACT: This article describes successful recruitment and retention strategies for a community-based weight management study in two school districts in North Carolina. Recruitment and retention on both district and school levels and child and parent levels are discussed...