Professor Speight is a chartered psychologist with a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London. She is Foundation Director of The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University. She leads a large and varied program of research in Australia, with continuing collaborations in 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 patients’ perspective. Her research focuses on optimising self management, with a strong emphasis on:
* the impact of new treatment and technologies on psychological outcomes, and how people with diabetes think about and engage with new treatments/technologies
* the development and evaluation of structured diabetes education programs and peer support
* the impact of hypoglycaemia on quality of life, the drivers of severe hypoglycaemia, symptom assessment and recognition, measurement of impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia and it impact on diabetes management and quality of life.
* behavioural change, associated with engagement in self-management, physical activity and screening uptake
* social stigma associated with diabetes, the power of language to influence how we think, feel and act in relation to diabetes
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