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Judy Regensteiner, PhD

Founder and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and member of the Scientific Council


Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D., Center Director

Judy Regensteiner's research explores why women with diabetes have even poorer cardiovascular outcomes than men with diabetes. Her work also examines peripheral arterial disease. She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of large grants to assess exercise capacity and gender differences in type 2 diabetes and the effects of exercise training in people with type 2 diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. She has been an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program and is currently an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health "Look Ahead" program to reduce cardiovascular outcomes in people with diabetes.

Dr. Regensteiner has authored more than 100 research publications in her areas of expertise and has received many honors, including the Department of Medicine's Ph.D. Teaching and Research Award and the CU System-wide Elizabeth Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. She is a dedicated mentor and serves as Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health” grant, which provides training and mentorship for promising junior faculty members pursuing research careers. Other activities include participation as a committee chair for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, formed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2008. She is a national and international speaker. Most recently, she participated as Co-chair in two strategic planning meetings for the Office on Research in Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. The results of these meetings will help direct the research agenda for this Office for the next 10 years.

Recent Updates and Accomplishments

  • Developed an internationally widely used questionnaire in health related quality of life.
  • Serving as is Principal Investigator of the NIH K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health grant as well as the Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Faculty.
  • Serving on the Advisory Board of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. 
  • Serving on the Steering Committee of the Leaders Empowering the Advancement of Diversity in Education Research and Science (LEADERS) in Women’s Health Committee. This national group is focused on increasing Chairs in Women’s Health Research and improving women’s careers.​