Local Speaker: Joyce Balls-Berry

Joyce Balls-Berry: Seeing Disability as Inability

Joyce Balls-Berry
Joyce Balls-Berry
Inspirational Speaker and Transformer of Inabilities

TEDxZumbro River is pleased to announce the addition of Joyce Balls-Berry to our list of presenters!

Joyce (aka Joy) Balls-Berry is a connoisseur of fine shoes and food. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood, Joy is an avid reader. Joy is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and serves as the Program Manager for the Office for Community Engagement in Research in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She is a psychiatric epidemiologist and a health educator. She completed her undergraduate education at Xavier University of Louisiana and received graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine and The University of Toledo. Joy completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in health equity, epidemiology, and biostatistics at the University of Florida. Her scientific focus is to increase awareness of the importance of collaborative research partnerships among scientists, potential study participants, healthcare providers, peer scientists, and the community. This work fosters the active engagement of diverse groups to increase health-research literacy and, ultimately, improve health. Joy is an active member of several national and international health-related research organizations and an ad hoc reviewer for several medical journals. Recently, Joy began sharing her struggles with dyslexia with her students. This helps to inspire these students to reach their full potential and find their passions despite what some may see as what she calls “inabilities”. She is an active board member of several educational foundations including the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation and The Reading Center. She even finds time to serve as an advocate for educational advancement for students in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Joy lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, Bernard Berry, a professional musician and music educator.