Behavioral Health Advisory Group | American Diabetes Association


Beth Braun, PhD, is a health psychologist who has been specializing in diabetes management, nutrition, and behavior modification for over 25 years. In private practice, she works with adults and children facing diabetes burnout, anxiety, and depression. She works closely with ADA, JDRF, and several diabetes camps running support groups and integrating body and mind wellness. She advocates for ADA on the Safe at School advocacy team. Dr. Braun is the director for KidShape, a family-based wellness program where she develops curriculum to create health lifestyles and fight type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes in children.

Mary de Groot, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Acting Director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on the development of community-based intervention programs for the prevention and treatment of depression and diabetes with a particular interest in under-resourced communities.

David Marrero, PhD, is the Director for the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. He is a distinguished research expert in diabetes prevention, treatment, and education. His work focuses on strategies for promoting diabetes prevention, improving diabetes care practices used by primary care providers, and the use of technology to facilitate care and education. He has also conducted research on medication adherence, community health programs, and translational medicine. He served as the Director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine for 22 years where he was the J.O. Ritchey Endowed Chair in Endocrinology.

Maureen Monaghan, PhD, is a Program Director for Diabetes Behavioral Science at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), where she provides scientific and administrative oversight for a portfolio of research on behavioral science applications for diabetes care. Dr. Monaghan is also a licensed clinical psychologist and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Children’s National Hospital and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.

Cynthia Muñoz, PhD, MPH, is a pediatric psychologist who holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Her clinical care and research centers on promoting the psychosocial well-being of children and families with diabetes from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Muñoz co-developed and continues to lead TEEN POWER®, a group intervention for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and the family. In addition to serving on this committee, Dr. Muñoz is President of the ADA Community Leadership Board for Southern California and a member of the ADA's national Safe at School Working Group.  

Jessica Pierce, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours Children’s Hospital-Florida and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the promotion of health and well-being in understudied patient populations in pediatric type 1 diabetes, young adults and very young children. Dr. Pierce serves on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Behavioral Medicine & Psychology Interest Group Leadership Board and the ADA Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Aaron Sutton, MSW, is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and the Behavioral Health Faculty at the Family Medicine Residency program at Abington Jefferson Health. He is a graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and East Carolina University. He holds a master’s degree in social work as well as a graduate certificate in clinical addictions. 

Katy Walker, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, part of UK Healthcare. She provides both therapeutic and case management services to patients. After working as a social worker in many roles, Katy understands that social, emotional, and mental factors are just as integral as medical care to a patient’s overall well-being. Katy holds a bachelor and master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.

John Zrebiec, MSW, is a behavioral health consultant in Sarasota, Florida. Previously, he was the Director of Behavioral and Mental Health Services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. He is on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston and an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida School of Social Work in Tampa.

LinkedIn Live Recordings

A Mini-Course on Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes

March 31, 2022

Speaker: Ann Goebel-Fabbri, PhD