Ms Jennifer Halliday



Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45278


Jennifer joined the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes in 2011. The ACBRD is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University. She is also a PhD candidate at Deakin University; her topic is ‘Supporting health professionals to provide support for diabetes distress’. Her PhD work has involved evidence-based development and evaluation of resources (practical guide and e-learning) designed to better support health professionals with identifying and addressing diabetes-related emotional problems such as diabetes distress.

Jennifer currently project manages Hypo PAST (Hypoglycaemia Prevention, Awareness of Symptoms, and Treatment), a fully online psycho-educational program designed to reduce hypoglycaemia-related anxiety through improved prevention and management of hypoglycaemia. This two-year project will generate robust evidence to inform clinical and commercial implementation of HypoPAST. It is funded by the Australian Government’s Targeted Translation Research Accelerator program. Additionally she is involved in several research projects related to the psychological well-being of adults with diabetes, and barriers and enablers to screening for emotional problems in routine diabetes care.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has coordinated research projects on a vast array of topics, spanning qualitative, quantitative and translational research. These have included vitamin d deficiency, family functioning, obesity, and barriers to blood donation amongst African migrants; psychological impacts of ‘closed loop’ technology among adults with type 1 diabetes; psychological well-being of adults with diabetes; and children's perspectives of health. From 2012 to 2017, Jennifer coordinated the  National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Mental Health and Diabetes National Development Programme.

Jennifer has a strong interest in access and equity for underserved communities. She is a member of the Diabetes Victoria Access and Equity Committee (2014 to-date); ACBRD readability working group (2020 to-date); and Institute for Health Transformation Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2022 to-date).

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Research interests

  • Psychological aspects of diabetes (e.g. diabetes distress, well-being) and mental health (e.g. depression), particularly related to lived experiences and access to care
  • Health professional training in providing person-centred care (holistic care, communication skills etc.)
  • Program and resource development using evidence-based approaches (e.g. intervention mapping, formative evaluation)
  • Access and equity (e.g. health literacy, cultural diversity)

Research groups

School of Psychology, Deakin University

Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Diabetes Victoria


  • 2021: Diabetes Victoria Employee Recognition Award
  • 2020: Roche Best Oral Presentation Award, Australasian Diabetes Congress
  • 2017: Finalist VicHealth Awards ‘Research into Action’ Category for the Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook and toolkit. VicHealth, Melbourne
  • 2014: CAPHIA 2014 Team Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research. Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia, ACT
  • 2013: Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships. Deakin University, Geelong
  • 2009: Research and Graduate Studies Prize for the Best Honours Project in 2008. Deakin University, Burwood


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Bringing an end to diabetes stigma and discrimination: an international consensus statement on evidence and recommendations

J Speight, E Holmes-Truscott, M Garza, R Scibilia, S Wagner, A Kato, V Pedrero, S Deschênes, S Guzman, K Joiner, S Liu, I Willaing, K Babbott, B Cleal, J Dickinson, J Halliday, E Morrissey, G Nefs, S O'Donnell, A Serlachius, P Winterdijk, H Alzubaidi, B Arifin, L Cambron-Kopco, C Santa Ana, E Davidsen, M de Groot, M de Wit, P Deroze, S Haack, R Holt, W Jensen, K Khunti, K Kragelund Nielsen, T Lathia, C Lee, B McNulty, D Naranjo, R Pearl, S Prinjha, R Puhl, A Sabidi, C Selvan, J Sethi, M Seyam, J Sturt, M Subramaniam, H Terkildsen Maindal, V Valentine, M Vallis, T Skinner

(2024), Vol. 12, pp. 61-82, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, England, C1

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Low-Intensity mental health Support via a Telehealth Enabled Network for adults with diabetes (LISTEN): protocol for a hybrid type 1 effectiveness implementation trial

E Holloway, S Gray, C Mihalopoulos, V Versace, R Le Gautier, M Chatterton, V Hagger, J Halliday, K Henshaw, B Harrap, S Manallack, T Black, N Van Bruggen, C Hines, A O’Neil, T Skinner, J Speight, C Hendrieckx

(2023), Vol. 24, pp. 1-12, Trials, London, Eng., C1

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Feasibility and acceptability of 'low-intensity mental health support via a telehealth-enabled network' for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: the LISTEN pilot study

E Holloway, S Gray, J Halliday, B Harrap, C Hines, T Skinner, J Speight, C Hendrieckx

(2023), Vol. 9, pp. 133-, Pilot and Feasibility Studies, England, C1

journal article

The diabetes management experiences questionnaire: Psychometric validation among adults with type 1 diabetes

C Hendrieckx, H Husin, S Russell-Green, J Halliday, B Lam, S Trawley, S McAuley, L Bach, M Burt, N Cohen, P Colman, D Holmes-Walker, A Jenkins, M Lee, R McCallum, S Stranks, V Sundararajan, T Jones, D O'Neal, J Speight

(2023), pp. e15195-, Diabetic Medicine, England, C1

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The design of an evaluation framework for diabetes self-management education and support programs delivered nationally

J Olson, B White, H Mitchell, J Halliday, T Skinner, D Schofield, J Sweeting, N Watson

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-11, BMC Health Services Research, London, Eng., C1

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Feasibility and acceptability of e-learning to upskill diabetes educators in supporting people experiencing diabetes distress: a pilot randomised controlled trial

J Halliday, S Russell-Green, V Hagger, E O, A Morris, J Sturt, J Speight, C Hendrieckx

(2022), Vol. 22, BMC Medical Education, England, C1

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Less Nocturnal Hypoglycemia but Equivalent Time in Range among Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Using Insulin Pumps Versus Multiple Daily Injections

S McAuley, S Vogrin, M Lee, B Paldus, S Trawley, M De Bock, M Abraham, L Bach, M Burt, N Cohen, P Colman, E Davis, C Hendrieckx, D Holmes-Walker, A Jenkins, J Kaye, A Keech, K Kumareswaran, R MacIsaac, R McCallum, C Sims, J Speight, S Stranks, V Sundararajan, G Ward, T Jones, D O'Neal

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 460-466, Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, United States, C1

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Developing a novel diabetes distress e-learning program for diabetes educators: An intervention mapping approach

J Halliday, J Speight, S Russell-Green, E Eric, V Hagger, A Morris, J Sturt, C Hendrieckx

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 1264-1273, Translational Behavioral Medicine, England, C1

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The diabetes and emotional health handbook and toolkit for health professionals supporting adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: formative evaluation

J Halliday, J Speight, A Bennet, L Beeney, C Hendrieckx

(2020), Vol. 4, pp. 1-16, JMIR formative research, Toronto, Canada, C1

journal article

Adults With Diabetes Distress Often Want to Talk With Their Health Professionals About It: Findings From an Audit of 4 Australian Specialist Diabetes Clinics

C Hendrieckx, J Halliday, S Russell-Green, N Cohen, P Colman, A Jenkins, D O'Neal, J Speight

(2020), Vol. 44, pp. 473-480, Canadian Journal of Diabetes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Six months of hybrid closed-loop versus manual insulin delivery with fingerprick blood glucose monitoring in adults with type 1 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial

S McAuley, M Lee, B Paldus, S Vogrin, M De Bock, M Abraham, L Bach, M Burt, N Cohen, P Colman, E Davis, C Hendrieckx, D Holmes-Walker, J Kaye, A Keech, K Kumareswaran, R Macisaac, R McCallum, C Sims, J Speight, S Stranks, V Sundararajan, S Trawley, G Ward, A Jenkins, T Jones, D O’Neal

(2020), Vol. 43, pp. 3024-3033, Diabetes care, Arlington, Va., C1

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Validation of the WHO-5 as a first-step screening instrument for depression in adults with diabetes: Results from Diabetes MILES - Australia

J Halliday, C Hendrieckx, L Busija, J Browne, G Nefs, F Pouwer, J Speight

(2017), Vol. 132, pp. 27-35, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Ireland, C1

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Relationship between body mass index and family functioning, family communication, family type and parenting style among African migrant parents and children in Victoria, Australia: A parent-child dyad study

S Cyril, J Halliday, J Green, A Renzaho

(2016), Vol. 16, BMC Public Health, England, C1-1

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The Healthy Migrant Families Initiative: development of a culturally competent obesity prevention intervention for African migrants.

A Renzaho, J Halliday, D Mellor, J Green

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 272-272, BMC Public Health, England, C1

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Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions

J Halliday, J Green, D Mellor, M Mutowo, M de Courten, A Renzaho

(2014), Vol. 37, pp. 60-73, Family and Community Health, Philadelphia, PA, C1

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Severe hypoglycaemia and its association with psychological well-being in Australian adults with type 1 diabetes attending specialist tertiary clinics

C Hendrieckx, J Halliday, J Bowden, P Colman, N Cohen, A Jenkins, J Speight

(2014), Vol. 103, pp. 430-436, Diabetes research and clinical practice, Shannon, Ireland, C1

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The relationship between family functioning and child and adolescent overweight and obesity : a systematic review

J Halliday, C Palma, D Mellor, J Green, A Renzaho

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 480-493, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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The health consequences of migration : meeting the health needs of displaced populations

B Brijnath, J Browne, J Halliday, A Renzaho

(2011), Vol. 1, pp. 78-90, Journal of internal displacement, Vancouver, B.C., C1

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Vitamin D, obesity, and obesity-related chronic disease among ethnic minorities : a systematic review

A Renzaho, J Halliday, C Nowson

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 868-879, Nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1

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Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease among African migrant and refugee adults in Melbourne

A Renzaho, C Nowson, A Kaur, J Halliday, D Fong, J DeSilva

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 397-403, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, McKinnon, Vic., C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Type 1 Diabetes Consultation Tool: Implementing annualised individualised care plans in Australian diabetes care settings

Ms Jennifer Halliday, Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Prof Jane Speight, Dr Pratik Choudhary, A/Prof Neale Cohen, Prof Peter Colman, Dr Spiros Fourlanos, Prof Jackie Sturt, Ms Natalie Wischer

DART Grant - Research - Diabetes Australia - Victoria (Research Trust)

  • 2019: $60,000

Industry and Other Funding

Supporting people with diabetes distress: Development and pilot randomised controlled trial of an online training module for health professionals

Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Ms Jennifer Halliday, Prof Jackie Sturt, Ms Ann Morris, Prof Jane Speight

Australian Diabetes Educators Association

  • 2020: $15,000
  • 2018: $45,000


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