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Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D.

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  • Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

Neuropsychology; Chronic disease self-management; Functional impairment and disability; Health disparities; Behavioral intervention trials more


Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs is Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Health, Behavior and Society (Bloomberg School of Public Health) and Acute and Chronic Care (School of Nursing). She is also Core Faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, and Sr. Director of Population Health Research and Development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare.

Dr. Hill-Briggs is 2018 President of the American Diabetes Association, Health Care and Education.

A clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist, she is a national expert in behavior change and self-management of diabetes and cardiovascular comorbidities. She conducts NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials of individual- and systems-level interventions to improve disease outcomes modifiable through behavior change. A key contribution of her work is effective intervention design and implementation within populations of health inequity (lower socioeconomic status groups, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with low literacy, and persons with functional impairment and disability).

Dr. Hill-Briggs was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017. She is the recipient of honors including Outstanding Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine), Telly Awards for health and wellness educational video productions, including 2011 DECIDE to Move: Physical Activity for People with Type 2 Diabetes, featuring then-sitting U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin.

Dr. Hill-Briggs holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from The American University and master of science and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology/Health Psychology from Penn State University. She completed training in medical consultation and liaison and neuropsychology at NYU Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at Polisher Research Institute/Philadelphia Geriatrics Center. She served on the faculty of NYU Medical Center-Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998. more


  • Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
  • Director of Diabetes Research, Trinidad and Tobago Health Sciences Initiative, Johns Hopkins International
  • Director, Behavior, Cognition, and Psychometrics Sub-Core, Diabetes Research Center
  • Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
  • Co-Lead, Behavioral, Social and Systems Science, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D.; Pennsylvania State University (Pennsylvania) (1994)

Additional Training

  • National Register of Health Service Providers / Psychology
  • American Board of Professional Psychology / Diplomate

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, population health, lifestyle modification, behavior change, health dispariy, health equity, neuropsychology

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-3994

Activities & Honors


  • Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2017
  • President, American Diabetes Association, Health Care and Education, 2018
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