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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.

Interest Group Chair

Korey K. Hood, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
Psychology Continuing Education Credit Offered at ADA Events
ADA has been granted preliminary approval as a sponsor of continuing education for psychologists from the American Psychological Association. We will offer psychology CE credit at many of our professional education activities. There will be a number of sessions at the Annual Meeting that will be eligible for Psychology credit.
To view the ADA's Professional Education opportunities, click Professional Meetings/Education.
Richard R. Rubin Award Established

Formerly the Behavioral Medicine & Psychology Interest Group Lectureship for Distinguished Contributions, the Richard R. Rubin Award Award is given in memory of Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE, a long time Association volunteer, who served as President, Health Care and Education, and chair of the Council on Behavioral Medicine & Psychology, and received numerous professional and service awards. Specifically, the Richard R. Rubin Award recognizes a behavioral researcher who has made outstanding and/or innovative contributions in the study and understanding of the behavioral aspects of diabetes. Learn more...

Nominations should be directed to Mary Merkin, Manager, Scientific and Medical at

Past Awardees

2013  Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN

2012 – Lawrence Fisher, PhD, ABPP

2011 – Barbara Anderson, PhD

2010 – Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE

2009 – Patrick Lustman, PhD
2008 – Rena Wing, PhD
2007 – Suzanne B. Johnson, PhD

2006 – Russell Glasgow, PhD
2005 – Daniel Cox, PhD

Books by Interest Group Members available from the ADA Bookstore
1,000 Years of Diabetes Wisdom
by David G. Marrero, PhD, Robert Anderson, EdD; Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE
101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes
by Richard Rubin, PhD, Gary M. Arsham, MD, PhD, Catherine Feste, BA, David G. Marrero, PhD, and Stefan H Rubin 
101 Tips for Diabetes Self-Management Education
by Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, Robert M. Anderson, EdD, Nugget Burkhart, RN, MA, CPNP, CDE, Mary Lou Gillard, MS, RN, CDE, Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE
ADA Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, 3rd Ed.
by Jean Betschart Roemer, MN, MSN, CRNP, CDE
Additional 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.
The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research
This Web site links to reviews of 13 behavioral, psychosocial, and self management questionnaires used in diabetes research and clinical practice. It also reviews depression and general quality of life scales. The diabetes reviews cover the background, strengths and weaknesses, reliability and validity, costs and contact person, and references for each measure. Not a formal scientific review of these scales but still helpful. A compilation of some major references on the use of measurement tools also can be found here.
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.