I am an associate professor and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the care of patients with type 1 diabetes and research expertise in the behavioral and psychosocial challenges that children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents, and adults encounter across the lifespan. I lead the Behavioral Health Research and Clinical Program at the Barbara Davis Center, the latter of which provides outpatient therapy and assessment services to patients with a variety of psychological challenges. As a behavioral scientist and licensed clinical psychologist, my patient-oriented clinical research addresses adherence to medical treatment regimens, with a focus on using technology and diabetes device downloads to assess and optimize adherence and health outcomes in type 1 diabetes. I have co-lead, with Dr. Shideh Majidi, a program to implement routine patient-reported outcome assessment (depressive symptoms, suicide risk assessment, and fear of hypoglycemia), which when elevated, are followed by standardized protocols for intervention. We have a multidisciplinary team comprised of medical providers, social workers, psychologists, and psychology trainees who are integrated into visits to improve the quality of psychological care provided. My expertise in child and adolescent psychology, psychosocial aspects of T1D, and the objective measurement and analysis of diabetes technology downloads to assess type 1 diabetes adherence behaviors (e.g., blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate inputs, insulin bolusing), has led to a strong track record of funding from NIH including a K23 Career Development Award focused on improving adherence via tailored feedback using insulin pump downloads and problem-solving interventions, R03 providing intervention to reduce clinically elevated levels of fear of hypoglycemia, which was assessed as part of our patient-reported outcomes initiative in clinic in mothers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes, and DP3 implementing integrated medical and psychological care to improve type 1 diabetes adherence and health outcomes via combined in-person and telemedicine visits. In addition, I am a member of the Artificial Pancreas Team at the Barbara Davis Center and the Psychosocial Studies committee of TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young), and the consulting psychologist on ASK (Autoimmunity Screening for Kids Program).
PhD: Florida State University, Clinical
Residency: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Fellowships: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center