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Diabetes Dream Team

The Diabetes Research Education And Management Team (DREAM Team)

Touro California's DREAM Team — part of the College of Osteopathic Medicine — is dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and empowering all those affected by prediabetes and diabetes.

Joy Moverley, DHSC, MPH, PA-C


Program Director, Professor & Assistant Dean, PA/MPH (Vallejo)

Areas of Expertise

My research interests include pedagogy of PA education, PA school admissions, wellness, diabetes, literacy & numeracy, psychosocial issues affecting diabetes care.


I graduated from the Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH program in 2012. As a student, I co-founded the Student Run Free Clinic. I continue to be involved as a faculty advisor and preceptor. Post-graduation from Touro, I received a fellowship certificate in primary care psychiatry at U.C. Davis and Doctor of Health Science in Education from A.T. Still University. Since graduation, I have worked with the PA program in some capacity. I was appointed Associate Program Director in 2018 and Program Director in 2021. Clinically, I currently work one day a week in family medicine with a specialization in diabetes management at the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic. I previously served in the California Army National Guard from 2013-2019 and completed a tour in the Middle East. Touro's Motto "To Teach, To Led, To Serve" is very important to me. I have authored or coauthored over 25 journal articles on primary care topics, diabetes, public health, health equity, and pedagogy of PA education. I speak regularly at national conferences including the American Academy of PAs and Physician Assistant Education Association. I currently serve on the primary care advisory board to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Academy of PAs Health of the People Commission, and American Society of Endocrine PAs Liaison to the ADA. Maintaining a student-centric teaching philosophy, I wholeheartedly believes in the mission of the PA program. I recognize in just 33 months, Touro grads will be my colleagues.


  • 2018 - A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ.  Doctor of Health Science Education (Fundamentals of Education Track)
  • 2016 - University of California, Davis, CA.  Primary Care Train the Trainer Psychiatry Fellowship Certificate
  • 2012 - Touro University California, Vallejo, CA. Master of Science in PA Studies & Master of Public Health (Community Medicine Track)
  • 2006 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.  B.A. Exercise Science & Psychology 

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Touro University California Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching Innovative Teaching Award
  • 2022 Touro University California Research Publication Award, Bronze Medalist
  • 2014 Touro University Public Health Hero
  • 2012 Touro University Physician Assistant Program Leadership Award
  • 2010 Touro University Physician Assistant Program Community Service Award

Recent Publications

I have multiple publications with the TUC DREAM (Diabetes Research, Education And Management) Team and student co-authors. Below are select publications since 2020.

Moverley, J. & Fantaye, N. A Case of Pediatric rectal Bleeding. JAAPA 2023; 36(1):47-48. doi:

Lau, J., Riley, K., Moverley, J. Managing Complications of Diabetes in Men. Clinical Diabetes 2022; cd210121.

Bell, A., Salcido, E., Reichart, N., & Moverley, J. Student Perceptions of a Simulated Multiple Patient
Management Curriculum. JPAE, 2022 Dec.

Liang, W., Moverley, J.A. Deep vein thrombosis. JAAPA, 2022 Mar. 35(3): 61-62.

Young, C., Mullin, R., Shubrook, J. & Moverley, J. Associations Between Diabetes-Related Distress and Predicted Cardiovascular Complications Risks in Patients with Type. 2 Diabetes. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2022 Feb. doi:/10.1515/jom-2021-0204.

Casapulla, S., Dugan [Moverley], J., Renig, E., Shubrook J.H., Nicks, S.E. Exploring Self-Care Strategies in Individuals with Low Literacy, Type 2 Diabetes and Euglycemia. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2021 Aug; 13(4): 10-18.

Moverley, J., Lobner, S., Carmona, C., Vuu, D. Transgender Considerations in Diabetes. Clinical Diabetes. 2021 Aug; 39(3).

Dugan-Moverley, J. Suggestions to Overcome Racial Inequities Among Health Care Professionals. Clinical Diabetes, 2021 Apr; 39(2): 197-198.

Young, C., Shubrook, J., Valencerina E, Wong S., Lo S., & Dugan, J. Associations between social support and diabetes-related distress in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. JAOA, 2020; 120(11): 721-731.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 2006-present National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • 2009-present American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • 2009-present California Academy of Physician Assistants
  • 2013-present American Diabetes Association
  • 2015-present American Public Health Association
  • 2015-present American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants
  • 2015-present Veteran’s Caucus, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Lifetime Member
  • 2018-present PA Mom’s Special Interest Group
  • 2020-present PA Foundation Women in Philanthropy
  • 2021-present PA Women’s Empowerment

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Clinical Microbiology & Pharmacology (CMAP)
  • Endocrine & Diabetes Week
  • Emergency & Surgical Skills