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William Polonksy

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, 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.

Latest contributions from William Polonsky

10-03-2020 | Psychosocial care | Podcast | Article

Why psychosocial care matters: Disengagement with diabetes

William Polonsky discusses the problem of people being disengaged with their diabetes, why this issue is so critical yet remains so understudied, and what healthcare professionals can do in the clinic to encourage engagement.

08-31-2020 | Psychosocial care | Podcast | Article

Why psychosocial care matters: Diabetes distress

William Polonsky talks about how diabetes distress affects the wellbeing and glucose management of people with diabetes, and what healthcare professionals can do to help (15:48).

06-15-2017 | Guidelines | Video | Article

Advisory board comment: the ADA psychosocial position statement

William Polonsky gives his view of the ADA's psychosocial position statement (3:40).

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