Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Lecture Award for Distinguished Contributions
Lawrence Fisher, PhD, ABPP
The Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Award Lecture for Distinguished Contributions has been given to Lawrence Fisher, PhD, ABPP. This award recognizes a behavioral researcher who has made outstanding and/or innovative contributions in the study and understanding of behavioral aspects of diabetes. Dr. Fisher gave the Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Distinguished Contributions Award Lecture, “Diabetes Distress and Depression: Unexpected Lessons,” on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Currently director of the Behavioral Diabetes Research Group in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Fisher has been at the cutting edge of behavioral research throughout his career, and since the late 1990s, he has applied his expertise in family process and ethnicity to the management of diabetes.
Dr. Fisher was one of the pioneers to realize the importance of family in the lives of adults with diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. He then expanded his conceptual framework to different cultural/ethnic contexts, addressing four major ethnic groups in the United States: African-American, Asian-American, Euro-American, and Hispanic. His recent work has focused on depression and diabetes-related distress and their roles in diabetes management and outcomes. He is also implementing interventions to improve diabetes care through primary care practice transformation using practice coaching, and automated telephone and Web-based programs.