Photo of keynote speaker Felicia Hill-Briggs.

Keynote Speaker: Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP


Dr. Hill-Briggs is a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, and behavioral scientist. She is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. She is Core Faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology & Clinical Research. Dr. Hill-Briggs is Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC, and Co-Lead of the Behavioral, Social, and Systems Science research community for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).

She is an international expert in behavior change and self-management of diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and related conditions. Dr. Hill-Briggs conducts clinical trials of individual-level and systems-level interventions to improve disease outcomes modifiable through behavior change. A key contribution of her work is effective intervention design and implementation for populations of health disparity, including lower socioeconomic status groups, racial and ethnic minority groups, populations with low literacy and health literacy, and persons with functional impairment and disability. She has received several awards for her research and science dissemination including the Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology (National Academy of Neuropsychology), Tracey Orleans Outstanding Service Award (Society of Behavioral Medicine), and Telly Awards (People’s Telly for Health Film/Video). Her work extends globally to research and population health initiatives within Johns Hopkins Medicine International collaborations in Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.

Her expertise has led to current and past national leadership appointments, including: 2017 President-Elect of the American Diabetes Association, Health Care & Education; NIH Interagency Committee on Diabetes Mellitus; Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA); National Spokesperson, ADA, CDC, and American Medical Association Joint Prediabetes Campaign; Past Member, Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine; Past Chair, ADA Council on Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Council; Writing Group Member, ADA Psychosocial Position Statement; National Academy of Medicine (formerly, Institute of Medicine) committees; and NIH Study Section and Special Emphasis Panels.

Education and "Firsts": Dr. Hill-Briggs is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of the public school system. She graduated magna cum laude from The American University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar nominee, and the first student in university history to achieve two University Honors. She completed her M.S. and PhD degrees in Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology at Penn State University. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998, she served on the faculty of New York University Medical Center-Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Hill-Briggs became the first African-American nationally to receive board certification in the specialty of Rehabilitation Psychology. In 2015, she became the first African-American non-physician to achieve the rank of full Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.