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 Kathryn Jeter, PhD, D-SIG Secretary.


Chair: Sarah Westen, PhD 
   Clinical Assistant Professor
   Director, Diabetes Behavioral Medicine and Psychology
   Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
   University of Florida

Sarah Westen, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She is Director of Diabetes Behavioral Medicine and Psychology at UF Health. Dr. Westen is a current member of the JDRF Psychosocial Advisory Committee and a former JDRF National Psychology Fellowship recipient. Her patient-oriented clinical research focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life in T1D. In addition, she is interested in the development of validated, standardized psychosocial measures for use in T1D research and clinical interventions. Her T1D research has been awarded multiple grants and recognitions, including the 2018 Society of Pediatric Psychology Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology, 2015 Society of Pediatric Psychology Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience, and the Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award for Pediatric Research. Clinically, Dr. Westen is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic throughout the lifespan (e.g., coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health and behavioral conditions). Dr. Westen has a strong passion for teaching. In the classroom, she teaches courses in Adherence in Pediatric Psychology, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, and Risk and Resilience in Pediatric Psychology. In research, she co-leads a diabetes psychology lab team of undergraduate, graduate, intern, and postdoctoral trainees. Clinically, Dr. Westen supervises doctoral graduate students, psychology interns, and psychological post-doctoral fellows in the UF interdisciplinary diabetes clinic and in outpatient psychotherapy. She is honored to be the 2019-2020 Chair of the Diabetes SIG, following her Co-Chair position in 2018-2019 and prior 3-year experience as a Diabetes SIG MAL.

Co-chair: Amy Hughes Lansing, PhD 
   Assistant Professor
   Clinical Psychology Program
   Department of Psychology
   University of Nevada

Dr. Amy Lansing is an early career pediatric psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Over the past decade, she has been conducting research on the type 1 diabetes in adolescence including both developmental and clinical trials research.  Her research program, clinical training program, and service emphasize elucidating key mechanisms that underlie success in type 1 diabetes management in families and the development of highly scalable and pragmatic interventions to target those mechanisms in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.  These interventions include technology delivered family therapy, online self-guided family education, and home-based mindfulness stress management training. One of her primary interests as a researcher and clinician is developing more effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based intervention in particular for rural health care providers including school nurses. She is a volunteer clinician and psychoeducation for the Nevada Diabetes Association (including family support groups, summer and teen camps) and volunteer psychologist for a regional telehealth support program for pediatric endocrinologists in rural communities (Project Echo Nevada). She is also the faculty sponsor of a newly developed College Diabetes Network chapter at UNR. She is a longtime member of the Division 54 Diabetes SIG and is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the SIG in a leadership role to further develop and disseminate programming to connect student and faculty SIG members with each other to share research, clinical training (e.g., integrated care models), and collaboration opportunities.  As a doctoral student mentor, she also has a strong passion for student training. As a co-chair, she aims to emphasize trainee development opportunities especially around the research-to-clinical program pipeline for highly scalable and pragmatic intervention models (i.e., research models for assessing non-RCT intervention programs, integrated care, technology delivered interventions, healthcare provider intervention for prevention of burnout and supporting effective behavior change)

Secretary: Kathryn Jeter, PhD
   Assistant Professor
   Section of General & Community Pediatrics
   University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Jeter is currently an Assistant Professor in the Section of General & Community Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). She is a member of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC), which is Oklahoma’s largest diabetes care center. Kathryn provides clinical services in the Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology clinic at OU Children’s Physicians to youth with diabetes/endocrine disorders and their families. She also provides inpatient consultation services for the Endocrinology team at OU Children’s Hospital. Kathryn currently participates in a number of diabetes-related clinical and research initiatives, such as the Wavelengths Transition program. She also provides consultation and participates in diabetes camp activities sponsored by HHDC, including Camp Blue Hawk residential summer camp and Camp Blue Hawk Teen Retreat. Kathryn received her Ph.D. from the Combined-Integrated Clinical & Counseling Psychology program at the University of South Alabama. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship specializing in pediatric psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

MAL: Arwen Marker, MA 

Arwen is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas. Arwen is primarily interested in identifying and treating internalizing concerns (e.g. depression and anxiety) in youth with type 1 diabetes and their parents. She is currently working to develop an intervention for caregiver depression in type 1 diabetes. Her dissertation work is focused on evaluating depression screening measures that can best identify adolescents in need of additional treatment during routine diabetes care, and she hopes to work towards better interventions for depression within the context of type 1 diabetes and other pediatric medical conditions in her future work.  She is excited to be a part of the Diabetes SIG Board and is looking forward to continuing research and clinical work in type 1 diabetes.

MAL: Alexandra Monzon, MA 

Alexandra Monzon is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. She currently works with Dr. Susana Patton on parenting interventions for young children with type 1 diabetes. A few of the projects she is working on involve examining the efficacy of a website to increase parent knowledge of type 1 diabetes and implementing a telehealth intervention to reduce fear of hypoglycemia in parents of young children with type 1 diabetes. These experiences have lead Alexandra to think about the clinical support provided to parents of youth with type 1 diabetes and how their health behaviors may impact their ability to engage in daily type 1 diabetes care. She particularly interested in examining how health behaviors, specifically sleep, impact blood glucose and adherence to type 1 diabetes disease management behaviors in youth with type 1 diabetes and their families. She is excited to serve as a trainee MAL and promote the Diabetes SIG across disciplines to further increase collaboration, and increase dissemination efforts, for both research and clinical practice.

MAL: Christina Nicolais, MS 

Christina Nicolais is a fifth year Clinical Child Psychology doctoral student at University of Miami, under the joint mentorship of Alan Delamater, Ph.D. and Annette La Greca, Ph.D. She is completing her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Upon completing my internship and earning her doctorate, she will begin a Critical Care fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. As a graduate student, her research interests have largely focused on developing clinical interventions and measures to support treatment adherence and mental health in adolescents with cystic fibrosis and diabetes. Her clinical interests are in the areas of consultation-liaison, interdisciplinary patient care, and treatment adherence. Christina served as a practicum clinician at the University of Miami pediatric endocrinology clinic, and currently conducts inpatient consultations for youth with diabetes at Nationwide Children’s. Her dissertation examines the role of the patient-healthcare provider relationship in predicting treatment adherence and glycemic control in a sample of adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. She is excited to serve as Trainee Member at Large because of the opportunities the role provides to collaborate with diabetes psychologists. She welcomes the opportunity to assist in furthering diabetes research and clinical practice in pediatric psychology through collaboration on programming, newsletter creation, and SIG activities. She is particularly excited about the SIG goals of promoting integrated team approaches to the medical management of diabetes and disseminating evidence-based diabetes resources to researchers and clinicians. 


Dissemination Committee

The Dissemination Committee is dedicated to collecting and disseminating resources relevant to pediatric psychologists engaged in diabetes clinical practice, research, teaching, and training. These resources may include assessment instruments, intervention protocols, patient handouts, training resources, technology resources, seminal publications and presentations, and more. Currently, the Committee is working on establishing a Resource Bank that houses such resources, with the goal of it being available to D-SIG members in 2020. If  you have resources you would like to share to be added to the Resource Bank, or if you are interested in joining the Dissemination Committee, please email the Dissemination Committee Chair or Co-Chair.

Chair: Jaclyn Papadakis, PhD

Jackie Papadakis, PhD, is a pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is a recipient of the 2018-2019 National Psychology Fellowship through JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and a 2018 Children with Diabetes Friends for Life® fellow. Dr. Papadakis completed her doctoral training at Loyola University Chicago and psychology internship/residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Papadakis is specialized in working with children with chronic health conditions and disabilities, broadly, as well as diabetes specifically. Her research on psychosocial and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness, including diabetes, has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and has received awards from organizations such as the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. She has served in multiple national and local leadership service positions, including as past Student Representative on the Board for the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Co-chair: Jessica Parrish, PhD

MAL: Aubrey Carpenter, PhD

Aubrey Carpenter, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Training in the psychology department at the University of Vermont. Dr. Carpenter completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont, and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Boston University, where her dissertation tested a novel telehealth intervention designed to provide Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to anxious youth. She completed her predoctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School with a specialization in Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, where she developed her interest in supporting youth with Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. Carpenter is now a staff psychologist at the University of Vermont, where she sees patients with a variety of psychiatric and medical coping presentations, as well as provides training and supervision to graduate students in the doctoral program. Dr. Carpenter also recently received a grant to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a brief intervention for youth with Type 1 diabetes receiving therapy at home via telehealth. This study is currently underway in collaboration with the pediatric endocrinology team at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Online & Advocacy Committee

The Diabetes SIG 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 the Committee Chair or Co-Chair.

Chair: Jessica Pierce, PhD

Co-chair: Sobha Fritz, PhD

Student Representative: Desiree Williford, MS



Resource Bank (coming soon)

Past Newsletters:
Winter 2020
Fall 2018
Fall 2015
Spring 2015
Fall 2014

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