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Foundation Director, Chair in Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes at Deakin University Lead and NDSS National Development Program for Mental Health and Diabetes
Professor Speight is a chartered psychologist with a PhD in health psychology from Royal Holloway University of London. She leads a large and varied program of research in Australia and the UK, through which she aims to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes and encourage healthcare professionals to better understand the impact of diabetes and its treatment from the individual’s perspective. Her research focuses on optimising self-management, with a strong emphasis on:
Senior Research Fellow
Jessica has a PhD in health psychology from the University of Wollongong, and has a research background in the psychological aspects of prevention of chronic conditions. Jessica joined the ACBRD in January 2011. She leads a varied program of research that primarily focuses on type 2 diabetes, and works alongside numerous national and international collaborators from different health-related disciplines. Jessica has a particular interest in understanding the unique challenges faced by special groups with type 2 diabetes (e.g. young adults), and in the social impact of living with type 2 diabetes. Jessica regularly works with consumer and health professional groups to contribute to training and information dissemination, and to utilise her research findings to inform policy and practice to help improve the lives of people affected by diabetes.
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Senior Research Fellow
Christel is a registered clinical psychologist, trained at the Brussels Free University (Belgium). She completed her PhD in health psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. For many years, Christel had a dual role:
Steve is a cognitive research psychologist who provides a cognitive focus to the team’s health psychology profile. This has involved developing and implementing a variety of studies concerned with memory and attention related processes in diabetes self-management, such as the role of prospective memory in self-care for adults with diabetes and evaluation of cognitive outcomes from the use of a novel insulin pump. Steve also has a strong interest in road safety and is currently developing two field studies looking at Australian drivers who use insulin to manage their diabetes.
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Adriana has a DPsych in health psychology from Deakin University. She is also a registered psychologist with an interest in chronic illness management. She joined the ACBRD in March 2012 and has since been engaged in various projects, including the Diabetes Stigma program of research and Diabetes MILES-2. Adriana has also been involved in the National Diabetes Services Scheme National Development Programme for Mental Health and Diabetes. In this role, she has contributed to the development of resources for health care professionals and people with diabetes to better manage and navigate the emotional and psychological complexities associated with diabetes. Currently, Adriana is developing an ‘app’ for managing diabetes distress.
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Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott joined the ACBRD in 2010 as a research assistant upon the completion of her honours (1st class) degree in psychology (Australian Catholic University), for which she was awarded an Australian Psychological Society (APS) prize for best thesis. Elizabeth’s full-time role included the project management of the Diabetes MILES – Australia 2011 survey. Elizabeth commenced her PhD candidature, through Deakin University, in 2012 exploring perceptions of insulin use among people living with type 2 diabetes and interventions to improve receptiveness to insulin initiation. Throughout her PhD candidature, Elizabeth continued to work for the Centre supporting various research projects. From September 2016, Elizabeth is employed at the Centre as a Research Fellow.
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Associate Research Fellow
Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Health Science with first class Honours at Deakin University in 2008. She joined the ACBRD as a full-time associate research fellow in July 2013, having previously worked for the Centre in a part-time capacity (2011-2013). Jennifer has supported a number of ACBRD projects, including co-ordination of the 2011 Symposium for Behavioural Research in Diabetes and supporting an audit of psychological wellbeing in adults with diabetes. Currently, she co-ordinates the National Diabetes Services Scheme National Development Program for Mental Health and Diabetes. The program focuses on developing resources for health professionals and people with diabetes, to overcome barriers to routinely monitoring the mental health and wellbeing of people with diabetes. Jennifer's other research interests include the ways in which family functioning and eating behaviours are influenced by migration and acculturation, and their influence on body weight and health, specifically amongst African migrants and refugees. She also has an interest in children's perspectives of health, which was the topic of her Honours thesis.
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Associate Research Fellow / PhD Candidate
Amelia Lake has worked as a Research Fellow and project manager since 2005. Key projects include a 3 year alcohol education intervention randomised controlled trial, a the detailed evaluation of an integrated drug and alcohol service and an evaluation of a broad scale chronic condition management system redesign for a large Metropolitan health service. Amelia has a strong interest in chronic condition self- management with a specific focus on people with co-morbidities and complex psychosocial issues. As a full-time PhD candidate at the ACBRD, Amelia manages the Diabetes and Eye Health project, which aims to increase rates of eye screening in people with type 2 diabetes and improve the early detection and management of diabetic retinopathy.
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Virginia is a registered nurse and credentialed diabetes educator, with post-graduate qualifications in vocational education and public health. Her professional and research interests have focused on innovative and effective models of diabetes self-management education, and improving the provision of diabetes care through health professional development and training. Formerly manager of diabetes education services at Diabetes Australia-Vic, in 2012 Virginia enrolled at Deakin University as a part-time PhD candidate. Her PhD focuses on educating and supporting adolescents with type 1 diabetes, through the development, national implementation and evaluation of the Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 diabetes (TEAM T1) project. TEAM T1 is a structured, self-management education program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes, and their parents.
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Anna joined the ACBRD in March 2014 to provide administrative support to Prof Jane Speight and senior team members. Anna excels at creating and developing systems and procedures to assist in the smooth running of our office on a day-to-day basis. She manages all reporting, finances, events and website development, so Anna is the ‘go to person’ for any administrative questions or requests you might have. Before joining the ACBRD, Anna worked as an office manager in the construction and sales industries. She thoroughly enjoys her role in the ACBRD, where her hard work is valued and she feels she is contributing to a fabulous cause. She looks forward to supporting the ACBRD team in all its activities, and to watch it develop and strengthen over time.
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