Faculty Research Seminar: Kimberly A. Driscoll, Ph.D. – Behavioral Health Care of Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: A Pathway to Integrated Care

Tuesday, August 14, 2018Kimberly Driscoll
2:00 – 3:00 PM ~ C1-4 Communicore Building


Kimberly A. Driscoll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
The University of Colorado
School of Medicine’s Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes


The incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing worldwide and is expecting to increase by 23% during the next 40 years. The type 1 diabetes treatment regimen is complex and burdensome requiring many adherence behaviors to achieve optimal glycemic control. Unfortunately, optimal adherence and glycemic control remain a challenge for people of all ages. The objectives of this talk are: 1) describe type 1 diabetes adherence behaviors using objectively downloaded data from diabetes devices; 2) summarize incorporation of psychosocial screening into type 1 diabetes clinical care; and 3) demonstrate behavioral interventions to improve type 1 diabetes adherence and glycemic control, culminating in an integrated care model.

Dr. Kimberly Driscoll is an associate professor and a licensed pediatric psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics in the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine’s Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Her patient-oriented clinical research addresses adherence to medical treatment regimens, with a focus on using technology to optimize adherence and health outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She has received NIH funding to support her specific interests in improving insulin pump adherence, reducing the fear of hypoglycemia, and integrating behavioral medicine intervention into the T1D medical appointment. Dr. Driscoll is also the site PI on FL3X (Flexible Lifestyle Empowering Change; PIs Mayer-Davis, Seid, Maahs) and a DP3 aimed at providing behavioral supports to parents of young children with type 1 diabetes. Additionally, Dr. Driscoll is a member of the Psychosocial Studies committee of TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) and the consulting psychologist on ASK (Autoimmunity Screening for Kids) Program. Before joining the Barbara Davis Center, she was faculty at the Florida State University College of Medicine and Associate Director of the Florida State University Psychology Clinic.