M. Kaye Kramer

Chief Scientific Officer

As the Director of the Diabetes Prevention Support Center and Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Kramer’s work focused on translational research; specifically implementing and evaluating an adaptation of the lifestyle intervention shown to be effective in a large National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical research trial, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Prior to directing the DPSC, Dr. Kramer was a member the original University of Pittsburgh DPP team for over six years, as well as the National Program Coordinator Co-Chair and a member of the national DPP Protocol Oversight Program.

In 2006, Dr. Kramer led the development of the DPSC, with the primary goal of preventing diabetes and improving cardiovascular health by providing education, training, and program support services to community health professionals following an updated adaptation of the DPP lifestyle intervention, DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB). The DPSC was one of the first centers in the country specifically developed to address the diabetes epidemic through evidence-based prevention intervention programs.  To date, the DPSC has provided DPP-GLB training for more than 2,000 health care providers across the US and internationally, and offers support for over 150 ongoing programs including several currently being examined in NIH supported studies. Because of her translation work, and her previous involvement with the DPP clinical research trial, Dr. Kramer was invited to take part in a major public health initiative, the development of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. Dr. Kramer was specifically asked to assist with planning for the national recognition program that established standards for diabetes prevention programs across the United States, as well as the development of the national curriculum.

In addition to directing the DPSC Dr. Kramer has led multiple studies evaluating the effective DPP-GLB healthy lifestyle intervention in a variety of community settings. The DPSC team also recently completed a large NIH funded research project focusing on implementation of the lifestyle intervention program via DVD as well as face to face delivery modes at an international worksite with a campus in Pittsburgh. Dr. Kramer was also recently a Co-Investigator on another NIH funded grant examining the effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention focusing on decreasing time spent sedentary. Dr. Kramer’s work also includes collaboration with multiple investigators across the US in the adaptation of the DPP-GLB program for special underserved populations such as African Americans and Latinos, those with mobility impairment, traumatic brain injury, depression, and serious and persistent mental illness.

Dr. Kramer completed a Bachelors of Nursing degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Services and a Doctorate of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kramer has presented at multiple national and international meetings and conferences, and is a member of the Delta Omega National Honor Society. In addition, she has received University of Pittsburgh Innovator awards annually since 2009, and in 2014, received the World Hypertension League Notable Achievement Award for her work in healthy lifestyle intervention.

Selected publications
  • Kramer MK, Molenaar DM, Arena VC, Venditti EM, Meehan RJ, Miller RG, Vanderwood KK, Eaglehouse Y, Kriska AM. Improving employee health: evaluation of a worksite lifestyle change program to decrease risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Mar;57(3):284-91. PubMed PMID: 25742535; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4351781.
  • Taradash J, Kramer M, Molenaar D, Arena V, Vanderwood K, Kriska AM. Recruitment for a Diabetes Prevention Program translation effort in a worksite setting. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Mar;41:204-10. PubMed PMID: 25633207; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4403860.
  • Vanderwood KK, Kramer MK, Miller RG, Arena VC, Kriska AM. Evaluation of non-invasive screening measures to identify individuals with prediabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2015 Jan;107(1):194-201. PubMed PMID: 25441924.
  • Ma J, Yank V, Lv N, Goldhaber-Fiebert JD, Lewis MA, Kramer MK, Snowden MB, Rosas LG, Xiao L, Blonstein AC. Research aimed at improving both mood and weight (RAINBOW) in primary care: A type 1 hybrid design randomized controlled trial. C Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015 Jul;43:260-78. PMID:26096714. PMCID:PMC4537656. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.06.010.
  • Kramer MK, Miller RG, Siminerio LM. Evaluation of a community Diabetes Prevention Program delivered by diabetes educators in the United States: one-year follow up. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Dec;106(3):e49-52. PubMed PMID: 25467620.
  • Greenwood DA, Kramer MK, Hankins AI, Parise CA, Fox A, Buss KA. Adapting the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program for Weight Management Within a Large Health Care System Diabetes Education Program. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Feb 21;40(3):299-307. PubMed PMID: 24562606.
  • Venditti EM, Kramer MK. Diabetes Prevention Program community outreach: perspectives on lifestyle training and translation. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;44(4 Suppl 4):S339-45. PubMed PMID: 23498296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3609413.
  • Kramer MK, Perez-Cepak Y, Venditti EM, Semler LN, Kriska AM. Evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance programme for diabetes prevention in a Hispanic Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Programme population in the USA. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care . 2013 January 23; 10:73-82.
  • Venditti EM, Kramer MK. Necessary components for lifestyle modification interventions to reduce diabetes risk. Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Apr;12(2):138-46. PubMed PMID: 22350807.
  • Kramer MK, Venditti EM, Semler LN, Kriska AM, Miller RG, Orchard TJ. Long-term Strategies for Diabetes Prevention: Evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance Post-Core Sessions Focusing on Carbohydrate and Hunger Management. Journal of diabetes & metabolism. 2012 February 18; S2.
  • Kramer MK, McWilliams JR, Chen HY, Siminerio LM. A community-based diabetes prevention program: evaluation of the group lifestyle balance program delivered by diabetes educators. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Sep-Oct;37(5):659-68. PubMed PMID: 21918204.
  • Kramer MK, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Semler LN, Miller RG, McDonald T, Siminerio LM, Orchard TJ. A novel approach to diabetes prevention: evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance program delivered via DVD. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2010 Dec;90(3):e60-3. PubMed PMID: 20863586.
  • Kramer MK, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Miller RG, Brooks MM, Burke LE, Siminerio LM, Solano FX, Orchard TJ. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program: a comprehensive model for prevention training and program delivery. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec;37(6):505-11. PubMed PMID: 19944916

Complete list of published work: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/47987619/