Kevin Joiner, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2347 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0127
Kevin Joiner is accepting new PhD students.


  • Diabetes
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention
  • Risk perception among Latino immigrants and U.S.-born Latinos
  • Telehealth and mobile health

Dr. Joiner’s research interests center on prevention of type 2 diabetes and improvement of health outcomes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the development of self-management interventions for populations that do not have adequate access to preventive and primary care health services. Projects have included describing Latino immigrants’ perceptions of risks of developing type 2 diabetes, developing and testing of a type 2 diabetes prevention intervention delivered via mobile app, describing the experiences during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood in Latino youth with type 1 diabetes, piloting an exercise and coping skills training program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. He is currently working to develop and pilot test a Spanish-language type 2 diabetes prevention self-management support intervention that is sensitive to unique Latino cultural preferences and accessible to individuals who are limited English proficiency.


Dr. Joiner has served as a clinical preceptor and mentor for undergraduate students from Schools of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his predoctoral training at UCSF, he served as a teaching assistant for a graduate level course on evidence based practice and quality improvement.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, American Heart Association, 2012-present
  • Member, American Association of Diabetes Educators, 2009-present
  • Member, American Diabetes Association, 2011-present
  • Member, American Nurses Association, 1994-present
  • Member, Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 1994-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Rising Star Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2014


  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 2015
  • MS, Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2007
  • BS, Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1994
  • BA, Spanish, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1988

Publication Highlights

  • Grey M., & Joiner K. L. (in press). Social level interventions: enhancing peer support and coping in pediatric diabetes populations. In A. M. Delamater & D. G. Marrero (eds.), Behavioral diabetes. New York: Springer.

  • Joiner, K. L., Nam, S., & Whittemore, R. (2017). Lifestyle interventions based on the Diabetes Prevention Program delivered via eHealth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine. 100, 194-207. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.033.

  • Joiner, K. L., Sternberg, R. M., Kennedy, C. M., Chen, J. L., Fukuoka, Y., & Janson, S. L. (2016). A Spanish-language Risk Perception Survey for Developing Diabetes: translation process and assessment of psychometric properties. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24, 365-378. doi:10.1891/1061-3749.24.3.365

  • Joiner, K. L., Sternberg, R. M., Kennedy, C. M., Fukuoka, Y., Chen, J.L., & Janson, S. L. (2016). Perception of risk for developing diabetes among foreign-born Spanish-speaking US Latinos. Diabetes Educator, 42, 418-428. doi:10.1177/0145721716646204

  • Fukuoka, Y., Gay, C. L., Joiner, K. L., & Vittinghoff, E. (2015). A novel diabetes prevention intervention using a mobile app: A randomized controlled trial with overweight adults at risk. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49, 223-237. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.01.003

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