Annanda Batista

UVA CDT Annanda Batista, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office: Center for Diabetes Technology
560 Ray C Hunt Drive,
Charlottesville, VA, 22903.


BS in Nursing at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil
PhD in Nursing at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Professional Activities

Annanda started to work with the CDT in 2023. As postdoctoral research associate, she analysis psycho-social behaviors issues related to acceptance of T1D technologies developed at the center. Also, she assists the CDT with research on the disparities team. Before Annanda joins the CDT, she was awarded with her first fellowship in 2014 from a Brazilian foundation for undergraduate research, which supported her studies in Wisconsin and Illinois for 1.5 years. During this fellowship, she worked as a research assistant on studies from a JDRF grant on the artificial pancreas. From 2016 to 2018, she was funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which allowed her to conduct a qualitative research study and publish three manuscripts as first-author on the self-management needs of youth with T1D and their families at different levels of healthcare. The research study Self-Management Support Needs of T1D during the transition from Childhood to Adolescence was awarded the best undergraduate research project at the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB). In 2018, she embarked on a new chapter in a 5-year BSN-PhD program at the University of Illinois Chicago, supported by the University Fellowship. Throughout her first two years of doctorate studies, she received a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing award due to her high academic standard. Annanda’s doctorate dissertation proposal, Self-Management Support Needs of T1D in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, was granted the Seth and Denise Rosen Memorial Research Award in the fall of 2020 and the UIC Award for Graduate Research in 2021. Also, she did other training opportunities in neurodevelopmental disabilities programs such as the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental, and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program 2021-2022 cohort and a research assistant on the BEST project focused on modifications or/and adaptation of psychosocial measures for youth with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Personal Activities

She loves to receive friends at home, watch movies and TV shows, and travel.