WHO WE ARE
BDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California, focuses on addressing the social, emotional, and psychological barriers to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. To better understand and overcome these obstacles, BDI is actively engaged in research examining the psychological aspects of diabetes and evaluating innovative behavioral interventions. In addition, BDI directly offers an array of unique, behaviorally-oriented products and services for: people with type 1 diabetes; people with type 2 diabetes; parents of children and teens with diabetes; spouses and partners of people with diabetes; and interested health care professionals. Products and services include print materials; online courses and modules, face-to-face workshops and seminars, professional training programs, and an online library of resources.
We invite you to explore the resources available to you from BDI. We also welcome your suggestions for additional resources that might be added to our web site. Thank you!
BDI will host our next case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
June 3, 2020
June 12-16, 2020
Welcome to BDI’s June update!
New study opportunity:
- Are you an adult with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? We know that managing diabetes can be tough and the daily stresses and strains can take a toll. There is a new, innovative online small group program developed to help people feel better and be more successful in managing T1D. BDI is working with our colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco to run and evaluate this new program, called EMBARK. If you would like to learn more about EMBARK and see if you qualify, contact our UCSF colleagues at 855-850-3599 or email@example.com.
- June 3: BDI will host our next, San Diego-wide, case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
- June 12 – 16: The American Diabetes Association’s 2020 Scientific Sessions will be virtual this year. Still, BDI staff will be well represented there (see here for more information).
- co-authors on two oral presentations, one on June 12 (“Reductions in Management Distress following a Distress Intervention Are Associated with Improved Management and Glycemic Control over Time”) and one on June 13 (“Sustained Intensive Treatment and Long-Term Effects on A1C Reduction by CGM in Persons with T1D Treated with MDI”)
- lead author on an oral presentation on June 12 (“Participation in a Virtual Diabetes Clinic and Reduced Diabetes-Related Distress in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes”)
- Dr. Polonsky will be presenting the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture on June 13 (“Tedious, Tiresome, and Dull—An Unrecognized Problem That We Can Solve”.
We’ve just learned:
- It has just been announced that the 2020 Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), to be held this September, will be virtual as well. Once again, BDI staff will be well represented, serving as co-authors on two poster presentations and one oral presentation. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
A new publication:
- Dr. Polonsky served as first author on “Worries and Concerns About Hypoglycemia in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: An Examination of the Reliability and Validity of the Hypoglycemic Attitudes and Behavior Scale (HABS)”. While the HABS was previously shown to be of value for people with type 2 diabetes, this new paper extends the potential utility of the instrument—showing that it is likely to be similarly beneficial for assessing adults with T1D. See the Publication here!