Prof. Jane Speight
Chair Behav. & Soc. Res. - Diabetes
School of Psychology
Role and profile
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.
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