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Faculty Experts

Joy Moverley, DHSc, MPH, PA-C

Program Director, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Physician Assistant

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetes Management
  • Primary Care
  • PA Education Research


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. Clinically, I worked in family medicine with a specialization in diabetes management at the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic from 2013-2018. I currently work per diem in emergency medicine, which allows me more flexibility for my teaching role. I previously served in the California Army National Guard from 2013-2019 and completed a tour in the Middle East. I believe in service and volunteering for both my profession and community. I have authored or coauthored over twenty journal articles on primary care topics, diabetes, public health, health equity, and pedagogy of PA education. I was invited to speak 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 32 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

  • 2014 Touro University Public Health Hero
  • 2012 Touro University Alumni Scholarship Recipient
  • 2012 Touro University Physician Assistant Program Leadership Award
  • 2011 Cal-SEARCH Award
  • 2011 Ray Dale Memorial Scholarship, California Academy of Physician Assistants
  • 2010 Touro University Physician Assistant Program Community Service Award


My research interests include pedagogy of PA education, wellness, diabetes, literacy & numeracy, psychosocial issues, oral hygiene. My current grant funded project Stay Flossy performs fluoride varnish services and educational support for individuals at high risk of diabetes.

Recent Publications

Moverely, 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.
Dugan, J.,Ahmed S., Vincent, M., Perry, R., & Young, C. Managing Diabetes in the Digital Age.  Physician Assistant Clinics, 2020, 5(2): 177-190.

Dugan, J. & Ma-Crawford, J. Managing Gestational Diabetes for PAs.  JAAPA, 2019.  32(9)21-25.  Doi:10.1097/01.JAA.0000578760.60265.e0

Dugan, J., Butts, A., St. John Collins, B., Saini, P.S., Bradley, S. What’s new in cardiovascular disease and diabetes care?  JAAPA, 2019. 32(8):51-53. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000569804.46658.ce.

Dugan, J.A., Chiu, J.W., Shubrook, J.H., Young, C.F.  What we know – and don’t --  about non-nutritive sweeteners. Journal of Family Practice, 2019.  Journal of Family Practice, 2019.  68(6): 310-315.  

Hower, K., Wagner, A., Thorton, D., Young, C., Dugan, J. Can osteopathic medical students accurately measure abdominal aortic  dimensions using handheld ultrasonography devices in the primary care setting.  JAOA.  2019; (119), e19-e24.  Doi:10.7556/jaoa.2019.056

Young, C.F., Dugan, J.A., Kuang, H.Y., Ahmed, S., & Shubrook, J.H.  Insulin therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Social, psychological, and clinical factors.  Primary Care Reports. 2019; 25(1): 1-12.

Dugan, J., Flohr, A., Hosack, H., Little, S. Obesity and Provider Bias.  Interventions in Obesity and Diabetes, 
2018; 2(3).

Dugan, J.A. Perception of injectable therapies in T2DM.  Interventions in Obesity and Diabetes, 2018; 5(1).

Dugan, J.A., Cantillep, A., Newberry, K., Shubrook, J. Prediabetes: A Call for Action for PAs.  JAAPA, 2018; 

Pfotenhauer, K., Dugan, J.A., Shubrook, J.H., & Young, C. Fatty Liver Disease.  Primary Care Reports. 2018; 24(5): 57-67.

Dugan, J.A., Butts, A., St. John Collins, B. What’s New in Diabetes Management: Psychosocial Care.  Clinician Reviews; 2018, 28(5): 10, 12-13.    

Young, C., Yun, K., Kang, E., Shubrook, J., & Dugan, J.  Correlations between A1c and diabetes knowledge, diabetes numeracy, and food security in a vulnerable type 2 diabetes population.  Diabetes Spectrum.  2018; 31(2):177-183.

Dugan, J., Foster, T., Cotton, T., Haupt, K., & Cole, G. Preventing Suicide in U.S. Veterans.  Clinical Advisor. 2017.  Retrieved 

Dugan, J.A. & Shubrook, J.H. International Classification of Diseases-10 Coding for Diabetes. Clinical Diabetes.  2017; doi:10.2337/cd16-0052

Pfotenhauer, K., Dugan, J.A., Bradley, S., Shubrook, J.H. & Rhinehart, A.S. Lifestyle management for people with diabetes – what you need to know from the ADA standards of care.  Osteopathic Family Physician, 2017; 9(5): 10-18.  

Dugan, J.A., Young, C., Pfotenhauer, K., & Shubrook, J.H. Management of diabetes microvascular complications.  Primary Care Reports, 2017; 23(5): 53-67.

Chiang, W., Sobel, L., Dugan, J.A. Ovarian Torsion. Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2016; 29(12): 57-58.

Young, C., Dugan, J.A., Pfotenhauer, K., & Shubrook, J.H. (Pharmacologic Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Part 2.  Primary Care Reports, 2016; 22(11): 129-139.

Young, C., Dugan, J.A., Pfotenhauer, K., & Shubrook, J.H. Pharmacologic Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Part 1.  Primary Care Reports, 2016; 22(10): 117-128. 

Chiang, J., Dugan, J.A. Adhesive Capsulitis. Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2016; 29(6):58-59. 

Dugan, J.A. & Parthasarathy, A. Diabetes recommendations for women of child-bearing years.  Clinician Reviews. 2016; 26(2):51-55.

Dugan, J.A. Exercise Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2016; 29(1): 13-18. 

Yun, K., Dugan, J. A., Young, C., Parthasarathy, A., & Shubrook, J. H. (2015). Food insecurity, numeracy and literacy associations with decreased glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes in Solano County [Abstract]. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 115(12), e108-e109.

Dugan, J.A., Fagan, M.J. Sleep Apnea for Primary Care. Primary Care Reports. 2015; 21(7): 73-84.

Dugan, J.A. Managing Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy. Clinician Reviews. 2015; 25(4):20-22. 

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
  • 2013-2020 Society of Army PAs
  • 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

  • Pharmacology 1-3
  • Emergency Medicine