Gabriel Shaibi, PhD

Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population

Dr. Shaibi is an Associate Professor, Southwest Borderlands Scholar, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Arizona State University.

For the past 10 years, his research has focused on understanding and preventing obesity-related health disparities among Latino youth and families. His work spans the translational spectrum from basic science to health promotion policy, where he works closely with a transdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, and community partners to improve health equity among vulnerable and underserved populations.

Dr. Shaibi has published more than 65 peer-reviewed publications stemming from more than $15 million in extramural research funding. He was recently awarded a five-year, $3.1 million R01 from NIDDK to test the efficacy of a community-based diabetes prevention program for obese Latino youth with prediabetes.

Other ongoing projects include a culturally grounded lifestyle intervention aimed at improving insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance among obese Latino youth, which is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH, and a family-based diabetes prevention program for Latino families at high-risk for type 2 diabetes. In addition to his own work, Dr. Shaibi is the Director of Research for the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he mentors pediatric endocrine fellows through their scholarly research projects and serves as Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded T32 focused on Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Science.