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Behavioral Medicine & Psychology
     MISSION: Behavioral Medicine & Psychology
The purpose of the American Diabetes Association Interest Group on Behavioral Medicine & Psychology is to stimulate research on the behavioral and psychological aspects of diabetes and its treatment, to promote the psychological well-being of patients with diabetes and help them achieve optimum metabolic control, to train health care professionals regarding the behavioral and psycho-social aspects of this disease, and to increase recognition of the importance of the behavioral and psychological aspects of diabetes.

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eBOOK: 1,000 Years of Diabetes Wisdom by David G. Marrero, PhD and colleagues eBook: Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take it Anymore by William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE Print / App: ADA's Clinical Practice Recommendations 2015 Supplement, Abridged Version, Pocket Charts, Apps and more.


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SAVE THE DATE! Plan to join your colleagues and leading diabetes experts in San Francisco on March 4-6, 2016. Discover the latest advances in diabetes treatment and management through interactive, small-group presentations.

Additional Suggested Resources

Conducting Clinical Research
The AO Foundation Web site includes an excellent resource to walk people clearly and methodically through the steps needed for conducting clinical research.
Quality of Life Instruments Database
This site has reviews of a wide range of questionnaires covering many chronic disease conditions including diabetes. The latter set of measures are found in the "Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases" link. It is a pay site if you want actual details but the "Free Access" area still provides some information on the scope of available measures not only in diabetes, but also in mental health and a range of other chronic illness conditions that may be of interest to the clinician or researcher embarking on a questionnaire finding mission.
NIH Grants
The NIH has a Web page that explains the different types of research grants, research service awards, training programs, career development awards, and small business awards that are available to us. The more familiar we are with all these options, the better placed we will be to apply for them and get funding that supports diabetes behavioral research.
To search for specific funding programs announced by the NIH, this Web page provides a search engine box to enter the key words (e.g., diabetes).
Also, those who are new to diabetes behavioral research and looking for funding opportunities may find this NIH link for new investigators useful.
NIH VideoCasts
The NIH provides events, seminars, and lectures on its NIH VideoCast Web site. The most interesting part is the "Past Events" archive. By using the search engine and typing in keywords that are relevant to our Council members (diabetes coping, diabetes behavior, stress, or behavior), a wealth of fascinating talks can be viewed. For example, there is a seven-part conference on: "Behavioral Randomized Controlled Trials."
Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an NIH/NIDDK study that aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of two interventions (intensive lifestyle vs. metformin the diabetes oral agent) relative to a control group (standard lifestyle recommendations) in preventing or delaying the development of diabetes. The objective of the study was to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes among persons at high risk of diabetes using interventions designed to improve abnormal glucose metabolism. The DPP showed that individuals at high risk for type 2 diabetes can sharply lower their chances of developing the disease with diet and exercise. The site gives background documentation including a slide presentation and provides the lifestyle manuals used in the study.
Motivational Interviewing (behavior change counseling)
Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic patient motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. This site provides resources for those seeking information on Motivational Interviewing. It includes general information about the approach, as well as links, training resources, and information on reprints and recent research and information on the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Interest Group Member Web pages
A number of our Interest Group members have their own or departmental Web sites that contain useful information on diabetes assessments and interventions.