Dr. M. Kaye Kramer, DrPH, MPH, RN, CCRC

Adjunct Professor of Public Health Practice, Epidemiology


3512 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
R-znvy: zxx8@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-6135

Research Interests

  • Diabetes Prevention and Translation
  • Health Promotion 
  • Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 


Diabetes Prevention Support Center of the University of Pittsburgh

The Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC) of the University of Pittsburgh was established in 2006 with the primary goal of preventing diabetes and improving cardiovascular health. The Diabetes Prevention Support Center is one of the first in the country specifically developed to address the diabetes epidemic through evidence–based prevention intervention programs.

 The DPSC offers training and support for health care professionals in the delivery of the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program, a comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly
from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Research Support

  • Group Lifestyle Balance Online Program Development (University of Pittsburgh Copyright Development Fund, Kramer, PI)
  • Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Change; Impact on Lifestyle Intervention Effects for Diabetes Translation (NIH, Kriska, PI)
  • RCT on Co-management of Obesity, Depression, and Elevated CVD Risk in Primary Care (NIH, Ma, PI)
  • Effectiveness of a Group Lifestyle Balance Class in an Active Duty Population (the Geneva Foundation, Armitage, PI)
  • Validating and/or Modifying Mainstream Healthy Weight Interventions for People with Disabilities (CDC, Froelich-Grobe, PI)
  • Peer-led Healthy Lifestyle Program in Supportive Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness (NIH, Cabassa, PI)

Previous Projects

  • Pilot Study of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program in a Hispanic Population (Department of Epidemiology Small Grants)
  • Primary Prevention of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in at Risk Adults (DoD)
  • Diabetes Educators as Preventionists: Translating a Modified Diabetes Prevention Program (Sanofi-Aventis)
  • Evaluation of Long-Distance Group Lifestyle Balance Program Delivered Traditionally and Via DVD (DoD) 
  • Evaluation of Group Lifestyle Balance Maintenance Strategies (Atkins Foundation)


Education & Training

1982 | Indiana University of Pennsylvania – BS Nursing
1995 | University of Pittsburgh – MPH, Community Health Services
2007 | University of Pittsburgh – DrPH, Epidemiology

Honors and Awards

2007 - Present | Delta Omega National Honor Society
2009 - Present | Technology Innovator Award
2011 | Official Resolution presented by the Guam Territorial Legislature (Prevention and Control of Diabetes)
2014 | World Hypertension League Notable Achievement Award


2001 | Association of Clinical Research Professionals – Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Advisory Boards/Panels

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program Curriculum and Recognition Development (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • American Diabetes Association Diabetes Prevention Committee
  • National Diabetes Education Program Health Sense
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators Meeting Planning Committee

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. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015 Mar; 57 (3):284-91. PMCID: PMC4351781. PMID: 25742535. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000350.

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 Research and Clinical Practice. 2014 Dec; 106 (3):e49-52. PMID: 25467620. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2014.10.012.

Kramer MK. Siminerio, LM. Diabetes Educators: Their Important Role in Primary Prevention of Diabetes. AADE in Practice. November, 2013. 1: 30-33.

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. The Diabetes Educator. 2014 Feb 21; 40 (3):299-307. PMID: 24562606.

Vanderwood KK, Kramer MK, Miller RG, Arena VC, Kriska A. Evaluation of non-invasive screening measures to identify participants eligible to participate in a lifestyle intervention to prevent diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. (accepted).

Taradash J, Kramer M, Molenaar D, Arena V, Vanderwood K, Kriska AM. Recruitment for a Diabetes Prevention Program translation effort in a worksite setting. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015 Mar; 41:204-10. PMCID: PMC4403860. PMID: 25633207. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.01.010.

Venditti, E. Kramer, M. Necessary Components for Lifestyle Modification Interventions to Reduce Diabetes Risk. Current Diabetes Reports  12 (2):138-146. 2012.

Kramer, MK, McWilliams, JR, Chen, H, Siminerio, LM.  A Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program: Evaluation of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program Delivered by Diabetes Educators.  The Diabetes Educator, 2011; 37(5): p. 659-68.

Kramer MK, Kriska, AM, Venditti, EM, Semler, LN, MS, 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 Research and Clinical Practice, 2010. 90(3): p. e60-e63.

Smith, KJ, MD, Hsu, HE, Roberts, MS, Kramer, MK, Orchard, TO; Piatt, GA, Seidel, MC, Zgibor, JC, Bryce, CL.  Cost-effectiveness analysis of efforts to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in southwestern Pennsylvania, 2005-2007. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010; 7 (5):A109. Epub 2010 Aug.

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. 37(6): p. 505-511.

Dodani, S, Kramer, M, Williams, L, Crawford, S, Kriska, A.  Fit Body and Soul:  A Church-Based Behavioral Lifestyle Program for Diabetes Prevention in African Americans. Ethnicity & Disease, Volume 19, Spring 2009.

Walker, E, Molitch, M, Kramer, M, Kahn, S, Ma, Y, Edelstein, S, Smith, K, Johnson, M, Kitabchi, A, Crandall, J.  Adherence to Preventive Medications: Predictors and Outcomes in the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Diabetes Care.  2006 Sep;29(9):1997-2002.

Kramer, M. Kaye. Book Review-Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America—And What We Must Do To Stop It. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. Volume 7, Number 3, 2005.

Dorman J, Kramer MK, O'Leary LA, Burke JP, McCanlies E, McCarthy BJ, Trucco M, Swan JS, Steenkiste AR, Koehler AN, Foley TP. Molecular epidemiology of autoimmune thyroid disease. Gac Med Mex. 1997;133 Suppl 1:97-103.

Dorman JS, McCarthy B, McCanlies E, Kramer MK, Vergona RJ, Stone R,Steenkiste AR, Kocova M, Trucco M. Molecular IDDM epidemiology: international studies. WHO DiaMond Molecular Epidemiology Sub-Project Group. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1996 Oct;34 Suppl:S107-16.

Books and Book Chapters

Book Chapter:  Cardiac Nursing 6e, Woods, S, Froelicher, E, Motzer, S, Bridges, E.  Part V: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Copyright 2010.

Book Chapter Review:  American Association of Diabetes Educators.  Chapter: Diabetes and The Public Health Perspective.  The Art and Science of Diabetes Self Management: A Desk Reference for Healthcare Professionals. 2006.

M. Kaye Kramer