Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology.   

An active researcher in the field of behavioral diabetes, Dr. Polonsky’s most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, and glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes. 

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Susan Guzman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes.  Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming barriers to management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout the lifespan. Dr. Guzman is co-founder and Director of Clinical/Educational Services at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), the first non-profit organization devoted to the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with diabetes. At BDI, she developed programs for people with diabetes and their families and co-facilitates CME programs for Healthcare Professionals. 

Susan Guzman, PhD

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry are broadcasting from the offices of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego, California. We are honored to speak with William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE and Susan Guzman, PhD.

Today, it’s all about what we at DiabetesPowerShow refer to as the people with Type 3 Diabetes…AKA Family Members, Loved Ones, and Friends of People with Diabetes. 

Dr. Polonsky and Dr. Guzman help us explore the many dynamic emotions and challenges that are experienced, not only by the people with Diabetes, but by those who love them. 

Diabetes is not a solo act…family and friends are as much a part of the process as the person with Diabetes. 

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William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE

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