Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Lecture Award for Distinguished Contributions
Barbara J. Anderson, PhD
Barbara J. Anderson, from Houston, Texas, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2011 Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Lecture Award for Distinguished Contributions. The award was presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California.
The Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Award for Distinguished Contributions recognizes a behavioral researcher who has made outstanding and/or innovative contributions in the study and understanding of behavioral aspects of diabetes.
Currently a professor of pediatrics and associate head of the Psychology Section at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Anderson has improved the lives of countless youths with diabetes and their families through clinical care, research, education, and professional service. Her work has been central to the emerging notion that in pediatric diabetes, the appropriate focus of care and education is the family.
Anderson has been a principal investigator on clinical trials of family-focused behavioral interventions and is an investigator in the TODAY Trial. Her research has emphasized the importance of framing diabetes management in the context of each child’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional development.
In regional, national, and international venues, Anderson is a vocal advocate for children with diabetes and their families. She has been active in the Association’s Youth Strategies Committee, and she chaired the writing group on psychosocial aspects of diabetes in childhood for the International Diabetes Federation’s Unite for Diabetes campaign with the United Nations.