Lindsay Mayberry, MS, PhD

Associate Professor
Medicine and Biomedical Informatics

Lindsay Satterwhite Mayberry, M.S., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Mayberry completed her doctoral degree in community psychology at Vanderbilt University after earning a Masters in Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a behavioral scientist, Dr. Mayberry has developed and evaluated family- and community-engaged interventions to support and sustain health behavior change among adults. Dr. Mayberry began her research career by investigating the role of social and family support in adults’ type 2 diabetes self-management and has since successfully developed and evaluated self-management support interventions. She uses basic mobile phone technologies to deliver interventions to socioeconomically and racially diverse patients. Her goal is to create and implement interventions to improve the quality of patient- and family-centered care for adults with chronic conditions, with a focus on health behavior change and psychosocial well-being. Her observational research applies advanced mediation and moderation analyses to enhance knowledge on how and for whom psychosocial factors affect self-management and outcomes, including glycemic control and post-discharge mortality, allowing for development of personalized interventions. Her recent work includes the development of a typology of diabetes-specific family functioning which showed robust associations with diabetes distress, adherence, and glycemic control and will be used to guide intervention tailoring and evaluation.

Currently, Dr. Mayberry’s research team is evaluating several diabetes self-care support interventions delivered via basic mobile phones technology – text messaging and phone calls – in NIDDK-funded randomized controlled trials. These interventions are highly tailored using person-centered design principals, automated, and developed in partnership with external companies MEMOTEXT and CareWire. Furthermore, her team is currently examining what user characteristics and intervention characteristics predict user engagement with technology-delivered interventions over time, and how engagement with interventions relates to intervention effects.

Dr. Mayberry is the director of Vanderbilt’s Effective Health Communication core within Health Services Research. She has published over 40 manuscripts. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange and has spoken at these and other national and international conferences on topics including diabetes stigma, preserving family routines during homelessness, family/social support for chronic disease self-management, technology, healthy disparities, and interventions to improve self-management.