Improving Care of Youth with Type 1 Diabetes

Families of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes confront daunting tasks every day: administering insulin injections, monitoring blood glucose levels, and paying careful attention to diet and physical activity. While adhering to a complex diabetes regimen, parents are also trying to assure normal childhood activities and opportunities throughout childhood into young adulthood. Our research in this space is led by Randi Streisand, PhD, and Maureen Monaghan, PhD, who are National Institutes of Health-funded to find new ways to support youth and families, and optimize diabetes management. Dr. Streisand is specifically investigating a parent-based intervention aimed at parents of very young children with diabetes, and a parent-teen intervention for early adolescents. Dr. Monaghan is investigating health behaviors that contribute to successful independent self-management and transition to adult medical care for emerging adults with diabetes. Dr. Monaghan's current research assesses health communication patterns among emerging adults with diabetes, their parents, and healthcare providers. Our comprehensive program of research is designed to improve family care, reduce parent and child stress, and ultimately ensure that children with type 1 diabetes are in better health across the lifespan.

Faculty members with interests in type 1 diabetes: