Meet Dr. Sheri
Author, Lecturer, Researcher, Professor, Exercise
Physiologist, and Expert on Exercise & Diabetes!
Colberg, PhD, also known as Sheri Colberg-Ochs (pronounced "Coal-Berg-Oaks"), is an
author, exercise physiologist, and professor
emerita (retired) of exercise science from Old
Dominion University. She also formerly held the position as adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Having earned her undergraduate degree from
Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of
California, Berkeley, she has specialized in research on diabetes
and exercise and continues to conduct extensive clinical
research specifically in diabetes, exercise, aging, and healthy lifestyles
with funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
and others. She has authored 10 books (many translated into other languages), along with close to 300 research and educational articles and 21 book chapters on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, nutrition, successful aging, and more.
In addition to her many credentials, including working as an exercise
specialist in a diabetes treatment center and conducting exercise-related
research on people with diabetes, Dr. Sheri has close to 50 years' worth
of practical experience as a (type 1) diabetic exerciser and person living with diabetes. Read more about the secret to her success with diabetes. She headed up the revision of a position stand on "Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes" jointly for the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in 2010, as well as represented the ADA as an organizational partner in the implementation of the National Physical Activity Plan for Americans. She also served on the Center for Global Health Task Force for Old Dominion University and the ADA's Prevention Committee (to prevent type 2 diabetes).
In 2012, she received both the Old Dominion University Friends of the Library Achievement Award , which is given to a member of the university community who has consistently excelled through writing in his or her discipline for a span of years, and the Old Dominion University Faculty Research Award, in recognition of her distinguished research career. In 2015, she followed those awards up with the top faculty award at Old Dominion University, the A. Rufus Tonelson Distinguished Faculty Award, given annually to one faculty member who is excellent in teaching, research, and service. In 2016, she achieved a top honor by being selected as the recipient of a prestigious national award, the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award from the American Diabetes Association.
lecturer on diabetes and exercise across the nation to both professional
and lay audiences, Dr. Sheri is also a reviewer for many
scientific journals, grants, and books, a member of several diabetes publications’ advisory
boards, a columnist and medical
advisory board member for dLife, a frequent columnist for Diabetes In Control, a fellow of the American
College of Sports Medicine, a professional member of the ADA, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Diabetes
Exercise & Sports Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
An avid recreational exerciser,
she enjoys swimming, biking, walking, fitness machines, tennis, racquetball,
weight training, skiing, hiking, and yard work.