Kevin Joiner, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2347 NURS1

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.

In the news


  • Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2
  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Stigma

Dr. Joiner conducts research to learn about, educate, and support people with living with diabetes and their families. His research is informed by his clinical experience as a Spanish-speaking nurse practitioner and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist in federally qualified health centers that serve populations that do not have adequate access to preventive and primary care health services.

Dr. Joiner’s studies include observational, survey, and intervention research aimed toward helping people with diabetes live full lives and achieve optimal quality of life and health outcomes. The following are brief descriptions of some of his past projects.

- Translating into Spanish a measure of perceived risk for type 2 diabetes and conducting a survey of Spanish-speaking Latino adults to better understand perceived risk for type 2 diabetes in vulnerable populations

- Conducting a qualitative interview study to learn about the experiences of Latino adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents with limited English proficiency

- Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of an exercise and coping program tailored to adolescents with type 1 diabetes

- Describing the impact of a workplace policy that promotes the prevention of type 2 diabetes in a large academic workforce population

- Conducting an observational study to explore how stressful life events affect young adults with type 1 diabetes

- Conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of type 2 diabetes prevention interventions delivered via distance-based technologies

Dr. Joiner’s current research centers around understanding further the stigma related to type 2 diabetes as experienced and/or perceived by Latino adults with type 2 diabetes. He is also developing and preparing to pilot test a community health worker delivered Spanish-language type 2 diabetes prevention support intervention for Latino adults with prediabetes.


Dr. Joiner teaches in the graduate nursing program. He is a group leader in the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner courses. Beginning in the Fall of 2012, he will be the faculty of record for the digital education section of the Advanced Primary Care Nursing Clinic I course.

Dr. Joiner is the faculty liason for the Men in Nursing initiative which was recently started to support the diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Nursing.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Health Behavior and Biological Sciences Department Advisory Group, 2020-present
  • Member, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (Member of the Workforce Development Recruitment and Retention Workgroup 2020-present)
  • 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

  • Joiner, K. L., Adams, M. P., Bayrakdar, A., & Speight, J. (2022). A Spanish-language translation for the US of the Type 2 Diabetes Stigma Assessment Scale (DSAS-2 Spa-US). Frontiers in Clinical Diabetes and Healthcare, 3. doi: 10.3389/fcdhc.2022.1057559

  • McEwen, L. N., Hurst, T. E., Joiner, K. L., & Herman, W. H. (2022). Health beliefs associated with metformin use among insured adults with prediabetes. Diabetes Care, 45(10), 2282-2288. doi: 10.2337/dc21-2316

  • Joiner, K. L., McEwen, L. N., Hurst, T. E., Adams, M. P., & Herman, W. H. (2022). Domains from the health belief model predict enrollment in the National Diabetes Prevention Program among insured adults with prediabetes. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 36(7), 108220. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2022.108220

  • Joiner, K. L., Adams, M. P., Lee, K. A., Piatt, G., & Davis, M. A. (2022). Perceived risk for diabetes among U.S. adults with undiagnosed prediabetes. Preventative Medicine, 160, 107089. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107089

  • Hurst, T E., McEwen, L. N., Joiner, K. L., & Herman, W. H. (2021). Use of metformin following a population-level intervention to encourage people with pre-diabetes to enroll in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 9(1), e002468.

  • DeJonckheere, M., Joiner, K., Ash, G., Savoye, M., Adams, M., Weinzimer, S. A., Sadler, L. S., & Grey, M. (2021). Youth and parent perspectives on the acceptability of a group physical activity and coping intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. The Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care, 47(5), 367-381. doi: 10.1177/26350106211040429

  • Herman, W. H., Joiner, K., Hurst, T., & McEwen, L. N. (2021). The effectiveness of a proactive, three-level strategy to identify people with prediabetes in a large workforce with employer-sponsored health insurance. Diabetes Care, 44(7), 1532-1539. doi: 10.2337/dc20-3112

  • Mezuk, B., Needham, B., Joiner, K. L., Watkins, D. C., Stoddard, S., Burghard, S., & Link, B. (2021) What elephant? Pedagogical approaches to addressing stigma toward mental disorders in undergraduate public health education. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 7(3), 183-190. doi: 10.1177/2373379920922871

  • Joiner, K. L., DeJonckheere, M., Whittemore, R., & Grey, M. (2020). Perceptions and experiences of living with type 1 diabetes among latino adolescents and parents with limited english proficiency. Research in Nursing and Health, 43(3), 263-273. doi:10.1002/nur.22019

  • Grey, M., & Joiner, K. (2020). Social level interventions: Enhancing peer support and coping in pediatric diabetes populations. In A. M. Delamater & D. G. Marrero (Eds.), Behavioral diabetes: Social ecological perspectives for pediatric and adult populations (1st ed.) (pp. 153-166). New York, NY: Springer.

  • Ash, G. I., Joiner, K. L., Savoye, M., Baker, J. S., Gerosa, J., Kleck, E., Patel, N. S., Sadler, L. S., Stults-Kolehmainen, M., Weinzimer, S. A., & Grey, M. (2019). Feasibility and safety of a group physical activity program for youth with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 20(4), 450-459. doi:10.1111/pedi.12841

  • Joiner, K. L., Holland, M. L., & Grey, M. (2018) Stressful life events in young adults with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. TiD Exchange Clinic Registry. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(6), 676-686.

  • 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(3), 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(4), 418-428. doi:10.1177/0145721716646204

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