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Kimberly A Driscoll, Ph.D.

Kimberly A Driscoll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6145

Dr. Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and an Adjoint Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Florida and Colorado. Her expertise is in the psychological aspects of type 1 diabetes, its management, and technologies. She provides direct clinical care to individuals with type 1 diabetes of all ages and members of their support system. Dr. Driscoll has several active NIH grants focused on providing intervention to individuals with type 1 diabetes in an effort to improve self-management behaviors and glycemic control. She also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado.

Accomplishments:
  • Recognized Student Organization of the Year Award
    2014-2015 · Florida State University
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award
    2011-2012 · Florida State University – College of Medicine
  • First Year Assistant Professor Research Award (2nd place)
    2011 · Florida State University
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Type 1 diabetes
Research Summary:

Dr. Driscoll’s clinical research addresses adherence to medical treatment regimens, with a focus on using technology and diabetes device downloads to assess and optimize adherence and health outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She was awarded an NIDDK K23 Career Development Award focused on improving adolescents’ type 1 diabetes self-management behaviors via tailored feedback using insulin pump downloads and problem-solving interventions. She then extended her research program through an NIDDK R03 by providing intervention to reduce clinically elevated levels of fear of hypoglycemia, which was assessed as part of a patient-reported outcomes initiative in the clinic in mothers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Driscoll was awarded an NIDDK DP3 implementing integrated medical and psychological care to improve type 1 diabetes self-management behaviors and health outcomes via combined in-person and telemedicine visits. Her overarching research goals are to develop and implement behavioral interventions to improve adherence during routine type 1 diabetes clinical care.

Research Interests:
  • Adherence
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Diabetes Technology
  • Patient-Provider Communication
  • Psychosocial Aspects of T1D Management
  • Type 1 Diabetes
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jan 2020 ACTIVE
    DP3 – Home Telemedicine to Optimize Health Outcomes in High-Risk Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 – Jun 2020
    JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program – Dianna Boone
    JDRF · Mentor
  • Jul 2019 – Jun 2020
    JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program – Kimberly Barnett
    JDRF · Mentor
  • Jun 2019 – Aug 2020
    Hybrid closed-loop insulin therapy in pregnancies complicated by T1D
    UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Diabetes Journey: From systematic screening to intervention
    CINCINNATI CHILDRENS MEDICAL CENTER · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2005-2007
    Child Behavior and Nutrition Fellowship
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 2004-2005
    Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Residency
    Children's Minnesota
  • 1999-2005
    Clinical Psychology PhD
    Florida State University
Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.

Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6029

Sarah Westen, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her doctoral training and psychology residency. Dr. Westen is currently the Director of Diabetes Behavioral Medicine and Psychology at UF Health, Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Special Interest Group in Diabetes, and is a member of the JDRF Psychosocial Advisory Committee and a former JDRF National Psychology Fellowship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Westen completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient.

Clinically, Dr. Westen is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness throughout the lifespan (e.g., coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health and behavioral conditions). Her patient-oriented clinical research focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life.

Accomplishments:
  • National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
    2018 · JDRF
  • Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology
    2018 · American Psychological Association Division 54
  • Mary Jo Kupst Award for Research in Resilience
    2015 · American Psychological Association Division 54
  • Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award for Pediatric Research
    2015 · University of Florida
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2012 Year in Research: Top 5 Most Influential Research Articles Award (co-author)
    2013 · Union College
Certifications:
  • Licensed Psychologist
    Florida Board of Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Depression – resources
  • Eating disorders – resources
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Type 1 diabetes
Research Summary:

Dr. Westen’s patient-oriented clinical research in type 1 diabetes focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life.

Research Interests:
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Feeding and weight concerns
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Telehealth
  • Type 1 Diabetes
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Project ECHO T1D: HCT Trial
    STANFORD UNIV · Project Manager
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Diabetes Journey: From systematic screening to intervention
    CINCINNATI CHILDRENS MEDICAL CENTER · Project Manager
  • Jan 2019 – Jul 2019
    Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 – Jun 2019
    Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
    JDRF ·
Education:
  • 2018-2019
    JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
    JDRF; University of Florida
  • 2017-2018
    Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
    University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • 2016-2017
    Pediatric Psychology Residency
    University of Florida Health Science Center
  • 2012-2017
    PhD; Clinical and Health Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 2012-2015
    MS; Clinical and Health Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 2010-2012
    Intramural Research Training Award Postbaccalaureate
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • 2009
    BS; Neuroscience
    Union College
  • 2005-2009
    Neuroscience and Psychology BS
    Union College

Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Holly O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

  • Alicia Pardon
  • Cheyenne Reynolds
  • Sara Wetter

Research Assistants

  • Deborah Amburgey, B.S.
  • Karen Bruchs
  • Cameron Fink
  • Rylea Trudeau

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