SPOKANE, Wash. — The new editor-in-chief of an American Diabetes Association professional journal is a faculty member at Washington State University in Spokane.

Joshua J. Neumiller has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of Diabetes Spectrum, a 64-page quarterly publication with 5,500 subscribers, and one of four professional journals published by the American Diabetes Association.

Neumiller has served as an associate editor for a department of the publication since 2010.

“It has been very rewarding to interact with a multitude of experts in the field of diabetes in my role as an associate editor,” Neumiller said. “I value the clinical nature of this journal and feel that it is a great resource to practitioners working with people with diabetes.”

Neumiller’s appointment “is quite amazing when you consider how early he is in his career,” said John R. White, chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy at WSU, where Neumiller is an assistant professor. “It is much deserved, and is a testament to his prolific, well-respected work in the field of diabetes as well as by his prior service to the journal as associate editor,” White said. Neumiller officially begins his three-year term as journal editor Jan.1, 2014. It is a position that allows him to continue as a faculty member at WSU. He oversees a team of editors and works with staff at the journal. The appointment offers a two-year extension at the end of his term.

Diabetes Spectrum is a medical journal that presents comprehensive, peer-reviewed original research and review articles on topics in diabetes prevention and medical management, care innovations, professional and patient education, medical nutrition therapy, pharmacy and therapeutics, and many other topics, according to Christian S. Kohler, managing director of scholarly journal publishing for the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Va.

Neumiller is the first pharmacist to be the editor-in-chief, Kohler said. Past top editors have been physicians, nurses and registered dietitians, many of whom have obtained a certified diabetes educator designation as well. The mission of Diabetes Spectrum is to assist health care professionals with developing strategies to individualize diabetes treatment and enhance diabetes self-management education in order to optimize patient outcomes, Kohler said.

The Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Spectrum is responsible for determining the editorial direction and focus of each issue; overseeing the peer-review of both invited and uninvited content submitted to the journal; and working with the associate editors, the editorial board members and ADA to develop new issue features, departments and publication policies, he said.

Neumiller is a certified diabetes educator, a certified geriatric pharmacist, a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and a member of the WSU Clinical Trials Research Team in the College of Pharmacy.

He received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from WSU in 2005 and then went on to complete a one-year residency in geriatric pharmacy followed by a one-year clinical research fellowship with emphasis in endocrinology, both at WSU.

Neumiller’s research interests focus on issues involving the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Neumiller’s research, commentaries, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including: American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy, Current Therapeutic Research, The Diabetes Educator, and Clinical Therapeutics, among others.

Diabetes Spectrum may be found online at spectrum.diabetesjournals.org.