Research Seminar: 14 March

Diabetes stigma
The extent and impact of the problem

There is growing awareness of the social stigma that surrounds diabetes. Further, understanding and addressing diabetes stigma is an emerging priority for international advocacy groups. However, before we can effectively mitigate this stigma, we first need to develop a thorough understanding of it. While there is a strong dialogue about diabetes stigma online and in the media, the research is lagging behind, with only a small number of studies that describe and quantify the extent and impact of diabetes stigma. This presentation will provide an overview of the available evidence on the topic of diabetes stigma, including Jessica’s own work exploring the perceptions and experiences of diabetes stigma from the perspective of people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the development and validation of questionnaires that can be used to facilitate quantitative research in this area.

Dr Jessica Browne
Senior Research Fellow
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
School of Psychology, Deakin University

from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in TB 02


Dr Jessica Browne has a PhD in health psychology and a research background in the prevention and management of chronic conditions. She is a Senior Research Fellow at The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), where her research focuses on the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of type 2 diabetes. She has led a world-first program of research into diabetes stigma, and is collaborating with researchers in Europe, Asia and the America’s to internationalise our knowledge about the impact of diabetes stigma on people living with the condition. Jessica’s research has been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and she actively collaborates with a wide range of organisations to ensure translation of her research into policy and practice. She works closely with advocacy and patient groups in Australia to help them create health promotion campaigns that are person-centred and empowering, and has also delivered training on reducing bias and prejudice in consultations with people with diabetes for health professional organisations. At a national level, Jessica has served on expert advisory groups to help inform program and policy developments that aim to improve the lives of people affected by diabetes.