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!
NEW RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR ADULTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
If you have type 2 diabetes, live anywhere in the U.S. and are struggling with your glucose management, the Behavioral Diabetes Institute is conducting a research study to learn how different types of glucose monitoring devices affect your thoughts and feelings about diabetes and affect glucose levels over a 3-month period. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive—at no cost!– either a new fingerstick blood glucose device or a new continuous glucose monitor (CGM), plus free monitoring supplies for the duration of the study. Click here to see if you might qualify.
Dr. Guzman’s lecture in Portland, OR on “The Emotional Side of Diabetes: Why it is Important to Understand and Address” at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and at Providence Portland Medical Center.
February 6-7, 2024
Dr. Polonsky’s presentation on “Diabetes Distress Screening and Intervention” for the Pediatric Endocrinology Division at University of California, Davis.
February 13, 2024
BDI’s monthly case consultation meeting for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes.
February 14, 2024
T1D meet-up at Rockwell’s Bakery Café, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa #116, San Clemente, CA 92672. RSVP at www.grownupt1ds.org.
February 17, 2024, 2pm
Dr. Polonsky will be facilitating a Case Discussion on “Diabetes Distress and Burnout” for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) Endocrine University Year 1 Fellows Course.
February 22, 2024
Welcome to BDI’s February 2024 update!
Last Chance! New Research Opportunity for adults with type 2 diabetes
If you have type 2 diabetes, live anywhere in the U.S. and are struggling with your glucose management, the BDI is conducting a research study to learn how different types of glucose monitoring devices affect your thoughts and feelings about diabetes and affect glucose levels over a 3-month period. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive—at no cost!– either a new fingerstick blood glucose device or a new CGM, plus free monitoring supplies for the duration of the study.
To find out more and to see if you might qualify, simply click on the link below. Study registration will be closing later this month, so please don’t delay. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 858-336-8693.
March 7-8: At the 17th International Conference for ATTD (Advanced Technologies and
Treatments for Diabetes) in Florence, Dr. Polonsky (BDI President) will present findings
from our recent study, A Qualitative Investigation of the Behavioral Links Between RT-
CGM Use and Glycemic Benefit in Adults with T2D (March 7) and he will also be
moderating the Friday morning symposium, Dexcom Transformation: Improving Lives of
People with Type 2 Diabetes (March 8).
March 13: BDI hosts the San Diego-wide, monthly case consultation meeting (for
mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at
email@example.com if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like
further information about this program.
March 15: Dr. Guzman (BDI Director of Clinical Education) will be a featured panelist
discussing The End Diabetes Stigma International Consensus Statement and Pledge:
Who, What, How, and Where at the Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of Society of
Behavioral Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)
New BDI Briefs Video “How to make the T2D diagnosis experience less difficult”
In this new episode of “BDI Briefs”, our monthly video program that examines important aspects of the emotional side of diabetes, we discuss what can happen when people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Several recent articles point to how emotionally tough this can be, and how healthcare providers can better help their patients at this difficult moment. Join Dr. Guzman, Dr. Polonsky, and Scott Johnson (famed diabetes blogger and a dear BDI friend) for this stimulating discussion.
NEW scientific publication
Dr. Polonsky was proud to serve as a co-author along with a number of our fellow
diabetes psychologists from around the world on Roles and Competencies of the
Clinical Psychologist in Adult Diabetes Care: A Consensus Report. It is our hope that
this will lead to the collaborative development of more comprehensive training programs
for clinical psychologists working in diabetes care.