The ACBRD celebrates the graduation of Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott

We congratulate Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott, who was awarded her PhD in Health Psychology at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus on Thursday 16 February.

Elizabeth’s thesis, entitled: “Receptiveness and resistance: perceptions of insulin use in type 2 diabetes”, examined the occurrence, correlates and consequences of negative attitudes towards insulin among people with type 2 diabetes. A mixed-methods approach was taken drawing on data from 1) Diabetes MILES – Australia, a national cross-sectional survey of Australian with diabetes, 2) the Stepping Up study, a two-armed, 12-month, cluster randomised controlled trial, testing a new model of care designed to facilitate timely insulin initiation within primary care, led by the University of Melbourne, and 3) an exploratory qualitative interview study with adults with insulin-treated type 2 diabetes. Study findings have been published as six peer-reviewed journal articles. Contact us for links to these articles.

Elizabeth is a long-standing member of the ACBRD, joining as a Research Assistant in 2010 and commencing her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of ACBRD Foundation Director, Professor Jane Speight. Elizabeth is keen to continue her work into the psychological barriers to treatment intensification and develop interventions to improve psychological receptiveness to clinically beneficial treatments. She is now seeking post-doctoral funding to support her research.

Congratulations Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott!