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Behavioral Health and Psychology

The presence of type 1 diabetes (T1D)—whether for your child, yourself or a family member—often affects people’s social, behavioral and emotional well-being, known collectively as psychosocial health. The JDRF Behavioral Health and Psychology Program seeks to reduce the psychosocial challenges of T1D and engender optimism to manage the chronic condition throughout the lifespan, ultimately to improve health outcomes for the T1D community.

Our Approach

The challenge of living with T1D are complex, vast and individualistic, from diagnosis and therapy confusion to emotional and physical burden. By approaching the unique issues related to a life-long journey, we are helping to reduce the significant daily burden of this disease.

  • Increase the number of and provide access

    to psychologists trained in T1D

  • Support research initiatives

    to improve psychosocial health and outcomes for people with T1D

  • Educate the T1D community

    about the psychosocial impact of this disease

“The National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program is important, as it not only trains psychologists to be clinicians and researchers in the area of type 1 diabetes, but it introduces them to the JDRF community and opportunities available to them in the future as independent psychologists.”

Jackie Papadakis, Ph.D.

Former JDRF Fellow and, now, a clinical psychologist

Jackie P.

Many Paths, One Purpose

Our research into psychosocial support stemming from T1D is just one potential pathway to finding cures for T1D. Explore JDRF’s ambitious research portfolio.

All Research

Looking Ahead

Started in 2017, the JDRF Behavioral Health and Psychology Program has invested nearly $2 million. One day, people with T1D will get the psychosocial support they need to live healthy, happy lives.