Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic Axil School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. Previously, she was the co-lead for the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program and served as the Program Manager of the Office for Community Engagement in Research. She completed her formal education at Xavier University of Louisiana with graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine and The University of Toledo. Dr. Balls-Berry completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at The University of Florida. Her work as a scientist centers on increasing awareness of the importance of collaborative research in diverse communities. Dr. Balls-Berry is the principal investigator of a number of health disparities research studies. Recently she completed a PCORI award to expand the efforts of the Minority Women in Research Network, which she established in 2011. The network’s mission is to promote community and patient engagement in research conducted by minority women scientists and their stakeholders interested in research collaborations, academic scholarship, innovation, and dissemination. As an educator, Dr. Balls-Berry received the Mayo Clinic Teacher of Year and CCaTS Educator of the Year awards. She also shared her story of living with dyslexia and handling personal challenges as TEDx Talk.