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A Diabetes-Free Society

Directors, Basic and Applied Research

Berryman Darlene Berryman, PhD, RD, LD
Professor, Food and Nutrition
School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Professor (Joint Appointment), Department of Biomedical Sciences,
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Edison Biotechnology Institute

Dr. Darlene Berryman has been a member of the Ohio University faculty since 2001 and has played a fundamental role in the shaping of the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. She is a Professor of Food and Nutrition at the College of Health Sciences and Professions with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of the Diabetes Institute as well as Co-Director of the Research Division.

Dr. Berryman studied Biology at the University of Virginia and went on to pursue a doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University where she also minored in Genetics and Biochemistry. She completed her Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Northern Colorado and is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Ohio. Before arriving at Ohio University, Dr. Berryman worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College.

Dr. Berryman’s scholarly work focuses mainly on obesity. Her research efforts assess the nutritional and hormonal factors that impact adipose (fat) tissue and influence the risk of obesity and its associated diseases. Specifically, she investigates how growth hormone (GH) levels and diets with various macronutrient profiles impact adipose tissue distribution, metabolism and function as well as the progression of obesity to overt diabetes. She is also interested in how GH and diet influence aging and longevity.

Dr. Berryman's office is located in Konneker Research Center, 108.  You can reach her by email at


Beverly Elizabeth Beverly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Department of Social Medicine
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Beverly joined Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She started serving as an investigator for the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University in 2013 and was appointed as Co-Director of the Research Division in January 2014.

Dr. Beverly received her doctoral degree in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her postdoctoral training in Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research at Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School. She also completed a Certificate in Applied Biostatistics at Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. She is an active member of the Gerontological Society of America, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange.

Dr. Beverly’s research interests include behavioral medicine, chronic disease management, psychosocial and neurocognitive factors that form barriers to individuals’ ability to follow treatment prescriptions and recommendations. She investigates several important areas in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes treatment. Her research helps make a difference by focusing on the underlying mechanisms that lead to success or failure in achieving and maintaining diabetes self-care and glycemic targets.

Dr. Beverly’s office is located in Grosvenor Hall 309.  You can reach her by email