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Diabetes Health Psychology

UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence patients have access to health psychologists who are specially trained to help people better manage diabetes.  They work directly with the diabetes care team to improve both physical health and overall quality of life, including emotional and behavioral health.

Emotional Health

Living with diabetes can be overwhelming.  It can cause frustration, anxiety, and/or depression, all of which can get in the way of diabetes management.  We are here to help support the improvement of your emotional wellbeing.

Behavioral Health

Lifestyle and behavioral factors such as a stressful job and family life may sometimes get in the way of successful diabetes management.  People often know what they must do, but have difficulty putting a plan into action.  We help people living with diabetes to begin and sustain necessary health behavior changes!

Kristin MacGregor, PhD

Stella Lopez, PsyD

Schedule an appointment

Call (508) 334-3206 to schedule a health psychology consultation or ask your care team for a referral.

What to expect

During your first visit, the health psychologist will perform an evaluation and together you will develop a success plan that suits your needs.  Structured therapy and support around your diabetes and emotional wellbeing will be provided to help you successfully integrate diabetes into your life. 

Importance of Language in Diabetes Care

Words used to describe something shapes the way others perceive and value that thing.  The culture in diabetes tends to be the disease defines the person, such as, “he/she is a diabetic.”  Changing that language to “he is living with diabetes” or “she is thriving with her diabetes care” can make a world of difference.  LEARN MORE

Behavioral Health Integration in U.S. Diabetes Care: How Close Are We to ADA Recommendations?

The American Diabetes Association recommends including behavioral health professionals on the care team for people living with diabetes.  The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence is one of the few diabetes clinics in the U.S. which currently has behavioral psychologists on staff.  Dr. MacGregor was published in Diabetes Care, examining exactly how close diabetes healthcare really is to meeting those recommendations. LEARN MORE

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