Diabetes Special Interest Group


The Diabetes Special Interest Group promotes the use of evidenced-based approaches to assess and treat the biopsychosocial factors associated with morbidity in diabetes.

Our specific goals are to:

  1. Increase collaborative opportunities between pediatric psychologists who conduct research and provide clinical care to pediatric patients with diabetes and their families.

  2. Promote an integrated team approach to the medical management of pediatric patients with diabetes and their families.

  3. Provide assessment and treatment resources to researchers and clinicians who work with pediatric patients with diabetes and their families.

  4. Train and mentor new diabetes-focused researchers and clinicians using scientific approaches to the medical and psychological management of diabetes.


Our membership includes a diverse group of Division 54 members. These individuals include trainees, faculty members, and hospital/clinic-based practitioners. Interested in joining the D-SIG? Contact Danny or Jessica, the 2016 D-SIG Co-Chairs.


Chair: Danny Duke, Ph.D. (Term: April 2015 through April 2017)

Danny is an assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. His research interests are primarily adherence to treatment for youth with type 1 diabetes. His interest in adherence has taken many more narrowly focused forms including, telehealth and other technologies, family factors and Behavioral Family Systems Therapy (BFST), executive function and adherence, transition from pediatric to adult care, behavioral health screening, and others. He works in the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center (HSDHC) that is on campus and affiliated with OHSU. His clinical interests are generally congruent with his research interests. He works as a pediatric psychologist with children and adolescents with diabetes and their families at the HSDHC. He holds a degree concentration in pediatric psychology from the University of Florida Clinical and Health Psychology Program. He completed his internship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Texas, and a 2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship in pediatric psychology at OHSU.  He has particular interest in training and supervising multiple fellows, interns, and practicum students. Please feel free to contact him anytime about the D-SIG or common interests.

Email: duke@ohsu.edu
Phone: 503-494-2243

Co-Chair: Jessica Pierce, Ph.D. (Term: April 2016 through April 2018)

Jessica is a research scientist and pediatric psychologist at Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Orlando, Florida. Her research interests are focused on transition from pediatric to adult healthcare outcomes in young adults with T1D, development of a social media resource for parents of young children with T1D, and the validation of a battery of measures of pediatric diabetes-specific routines. Clinically, she functions as the psychologist for the diabetes team at NCH and enjoys working with children, teens, and families. She earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her internship and postdoc in pediatric psychology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. 

Email: jessica.pierce@nemours.org
Phone: 407-650-7508

Secretary: Rachel Wasserman, Ph.D. (Term: April 2016 through April 2018)

Rachel Wasserman is a pediatric health psychology research post-doctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children’s Hospital.  Her primary areas of interest include the role of adolescent risk-taking in diabetes management, cognitive functioning in youth with diabetes, and psychosocial screening for youth with diabetes.  Originally from Orlando, FL, she earned her BS in Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology and her PhD from Loyola University Chicago.

Student Member At Large: Meg Nicholl, M.S. (Term: April 2014 through April 2017)

Meg is a third year clinical psychology doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University.  Currently, Meg works with an endocrinology team at a local pediatric hospital, proving psychological consults and interventions.  Meg also serves on the medical staff at a diabetes camp in the Northeast and has been involved with designing and implementing a research study to evaluate the experiences of camp counselor. Her research interests include health-related quality of life and transition to adult care in youth with type 1 diabetes as well as health-related disparities in minority youth. She looks forward to pursuing additional experiences in diabetes research and training, especially during internship and postdoctoral fellowship.

Student Member At Large: Sarah Westen, M.S. (Term: April 2014 through April 2017)

Sarah is a Pediatric Psychology Intern in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she is also a doctoral candidate primarily mentored by David Janicke, Ph.D. Sarah’s research interests in type 1 diabetes include adherence to treatment recommendations; child and parent responsibility sharing; eating disordered behavior, including insulin restriction; and, universal mental health screening in diabetes outpatient clinics. Sarah’s clinical interests include providing intervention for coping, adjustment, quality of life, and family functioning related to health management. In addition, Sarah is interested in the treatment of adolescent and young adult mood disorders through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing within this population. 

Student Member At Large: Alana Resmini, Ph.D. (Term: April 2014 through April 2017)

Alana Resmini is completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in pediatric diabetes at the University of Florida as part of the Bringing Science Home Fellowship Program. Her research interests include the integration of psychology within pediatric endocrinology clinics, quality of life of adolescents with diabetes, and telehealth behavioral interventions. Originally from South Florida, Alana earned her BS in Psychology with Honors from Florida State University. She received her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 2016. In her spare time, Alana enjoys swimming competitively, reading fiction and practicing yoga..


Dissemination Committee

Chair: Jessica Parrish, Ph.D.

The dissemination committee is focused on collecting and disseminating resources relevant to pediatric psychologists working with diabetes. These resources might include assessment instruments, intervention materials, training protocols, quality improvement projects, program development ideas, technology resources (apps, games, etc.), and more.  Our role on the committee is to determine the best way to collect and share the materials in the most interactive manner.  It is a great way to discover new tools for your research or clinical work.  If you are interested in joining the Dissemination Committee, please email Jessica: JParrish@psvcare.org

Online & Advocacy Committee

Chair: Jessica Pierce, Ph.D.

The Diabetes Special Interest Group Online and Advocacy Committee promotes the integration of pediatric psychology into diabetes online and advocacy efforts and the dissemination of relevant behavioral/ psychosocial topics related to living with diabetes. The goals are to: 1) increase awareness of the role of pediatric psychologists and other mental health professionals in an integrated approach to diabetes care, 2) share best practices, evidence-based guidelines, and relevant empirical research with the broader diabetes community, 3) promote advocacy efforts among pediatric psychologists for diabetes in general and diabetes related psychological/behavioral issues, and 4) collaborate with the Dissemination Committee to develop a toolbox of diabetes online community resources for patients and their families. If you are interested in joining the Dissemination Committee, please email Jessica: jessica.pierce@nemours.org


Resource Bank (coming soon)

Past Newsletters:
Fall 2015
Spring 2015
all 2014

Progress Notes Summer, 2017

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