- Study at Deakin
- Campus life
- Industry and community
- About Deakin
Professor Jane Speight has a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London (UK) and holds a Chair in Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes. She is a Health Psychologist (recognised by the UK Health Professions Council), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Speight leads the Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes group at Deakin University and is the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes, a centre of excellence formed by a partnership between Deakin University and Diabetes Australia Vic. She is responsible for a large and varied program of applied behavioural research in diabetes, as well as for providing leadership and support in the design and implementation of education, training and service innovations in diabetes within Australia and internationally. She supervises higher degree students.
Professor Speight has a well-established portfolio of research in behavioural diabetes and is widely regarded as one of the leading psychologists specialising in diabetes in the UK and Australia. Her research focuses on improving the lives of people with existing diabetes and optimising self-management, with a strong emphasis on:
the impact of new treatments and technologies (e.g. insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), islet cell transplantation) on patient-reported outcomes (including quality of life)
the development and evaluation of self-management education programmes, e.g. DAFNE (dose adjustment for normal eating) for type 1 diabetes, DESMOND (diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly-diagnosed) for type 2 diabetes
the impact of the acute and long-term complications of diabetes on patient-reported outcomes
behaviour change (associated with the uptake of healthy activities) and treatment concordance
the impact of health beliefs, emotional well-being and quality of life on self-management and biomedical outcomes
the methodology of quality of life assessment, including qualitative and quantitative methods, rigorous attention to content validity, and questionnaire design and validation.
Professor Speight also has interests in other long-term conditions, such as restless legs syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome and hereditary angioedema.
2006 Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)
2004 Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
2001 & 2002 Invited to present research at the SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) for Britain: Reception for Younger Scientists held at the Palace of Westminster, London
British Psychological Society (BPS); Associate Fellow since 2004
BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP)
European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQoL)
Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS)
PsychoSocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) Study Group of European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD); Honorary Treasurer 2001-2004
Royal Society of Medicine; Fellow since 2006
UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)
Professor Speight reviews manuscripts for several international journals, including:
British Journal of Health Psychology
British Medical Journal
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes (HQLO)
Psychology, Health and Medicine
Quality of Life Research
Value in Health
Professor Speight is a regular reviewer of research applications for national and international funding bodies, including the UK Department of Health NCC RCD, Diabetes UK, the UK National Institute of Health Research. Professor Speight is a member of the UK Diabetes Research Network (DRN) Writing Group for Structured Education. She is member of the Specialist Knowledge List of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (DHP) for diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), providing expertise in response to calls for consultation by organisations such as NICE and the DoH.
Speight J & Skinner TC. Evaluating diabetes education - how do we know we are successful? Diabetes: its more than glucose control. A symposium presented by Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, and Diabetes Australia Victoria. Melbourne, May 2010.
Daly H, Eborall H, Dallosso H, Realf K, Martin-Stacey L, Carey M, Khunti K, Davies M, Heller S, Speight J (2010) Delivering structured education in a randomised controlled trial of self-monitoring: the importance of raising awareness of educator preference towards the intervention and promoting equipoise. Diabetes UK, Liverpool, March 2010. Published abstract: Diabetic Medicine 27(Suppl. 1): 126.
Speight J, Woodcock AJ, Reaney MD, Amiel SA, Johnson P, Parrott N, Rutter MK, Senior P, Smith R, Shaw JAM (2010) The QoL-Q Diabetes - a novel instrument to assess quality of life for adults with type 1 diabetes undergoing complex interventions including transplantation. Diabetes UK, Liverpool, March 2010. Published abstract: Diabetic Medicine 27(Suppl. 1): 3-4.
Reaney MD, Speight J, Woodcock AJ, Smith R, Shaw JAM (2009) Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in pancreatic islet transplantation: a systematic review. Diabetes UK, Glasgow, March 2009. Published abstract: Diabetic Medicine 24(Suppl. 1): 188.
Speight J, Woodcock AJ. The Wheel of Life a novel method for exploring health-related quality of life (HRQoL). 5th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM), Southampton, December 2009.