DPSC Faculty

The faculty members of the non-profit University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC) have assigned all individual rights to receive income from the copyrighted Diabetes Prevention Program/Group Lifestyle Balance Program™ (GLB) and its derivatives to the University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, DPSC faculty receive no personal remuneration from GLB training or licensing fees. Some of the training and licensing fees received by the University of Pittsburgh are directed to the DPSC and are budgeted to permit the center to provide additional services at no cost to the public, researchers, and to a variety of community providers. These services include maintaining and updating the GLB curriculum and website and other social media to extend the reach and impact of diabetes prevention, offering training scholarships and other pro bono teaching and training services, and delivering ongoing support to GLB providers across the country and internationally as they provide diabetes prevention programs in the community.

Elizabeth M. Venditti, PhD Director, Diabetes Prevention Support Center Assistant Professor of Psychiatry &   Epidemiology Director, DPP Lifestyle Resource Core Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Elizabeth M. Venditti, PhD is the Director of the Diabetes Prevention Support Center, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Venditti was an integral member of the DPP Lifestyle Resource Core since its inception in 1996 and served as its director from 2002-2015. She has extensive experience in the development, training, implementation and investigation of long-term behavioral weight management protocols for individual and group lifestyle interventions.  Currently, Dr. Venditti is the principal investigator for the DPP Outcomes Study (Phase 3) and a co- investigator on several other behavioral medicine and public health trials.  She is also the principal investigator of an NIH-funded dissemination study examining the impact of GLB on cardiometabolic risk factors, health-related quality of life and physical function among individuals aged 65 to 80. Dr. Venditti has multiple publications in the field of obesity, diabetes prevention and health psychology.


kriska2Andrea M. Kriska, PhD Professor, Department of Epidemiology Physical Activity Director, Lifestyle Resource Core Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh Andrea M. Kriska, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health. She is a physical activity epidemiologist who has guided many NIH studies in the areas of both physical activity assessment and lifestyle intervention. Dr. Kriska led the development of the physical activity component of the original Diabetes Prevention Project (DPP) lifestyle intervention curriculum as part of the national DPP Lifestyle Resource Core at the University of Pittsburgh. She continues her involvement in physical activity intervention and assessment in the DPP Outcomes Study, and has maintained a similar role in several other multi-center and single site studies. With a focus and passion towards prevention, Dr. Kriska is PI of an NIDDK study involving the translation of the DPP’s successful behavioral intervention into diverse community settings ranging from senior centers and the worksite to the military.  Dr. Kriska is known for her work in minority health since much of her research and service efforts have focused on underserved populations in which prevention efforts are most needed.


Linda N. Semler, MS, RD, LDN Senior Research Manager Nutrition Director, Lifestyle Resource Core Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study School of Education University of Pittsburgh Linda N. Semler, MS, RD, LDN is a Senior Research Manager in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, who has been involved in multiple NIH funded studies. Ms. Semler was an interventionist in the original DPP and is currently the Nutrition Coordinator for the DPPOS where she serves on the Lifestyle Resource Core and the Lifestyle Advisory Board. She is also an intervention specialist working on various NIH funded research studies at the University of Pittsburgh Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, and as a member of the DPSC faculty, oversees all nutrition related issues.





M. Kaye Kramer, DrPH, MPH, RN, CCRC Former Director, Diabetes Prevention Support Center M. Kaye Kramer, DrPH, MPH, RN, CCRC was formerly the Director of the Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC) for more than a decade.  Although she has left the University of Pittsburgh to work in the private sector, Dr. Kramer remains involved with the DPSC in an advisory role.  Dr. Kramer has over 20 years of experience in diabetes and diabetes prevention research. Dr. Kramer’s focus has been on translation of the DPP lifestyle intervention in the community using the Group Lifestyle Balance™ program. Her work has included evaluation of preventive lifestyle intervention in primary care practice, the work site, community senior centers, out-patient hospital setting delivered by diabetes educators, and the US military. In addition Dr. Kramer led the development of technology to expand the reach of the Group Lifestyle Balance program, including the GLB-DVD.





2016 Innovator Award DPSC faculty receive the 2016 University of Pittsburgh Technology Innovator Award