Professor Jane Speight, PhD CPsychol AFBPsS


Foundation Director


Jane is the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes and holds the Chair in Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes at Deakin University. She has a PhD in health psychology awarded by Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also Leader of the NDSS Mental Health & Diabetes National Priority Area, and the NDSS Type 2 Diabetes: Starting Insulin National Priority Area.

Her research translation achievements include being a founding member of the DAFNE (‘dose adjustment for normal eating’) education program, which has trained more than 42,000 adults with type 1 diabetes in the UK since 2001, more than 3,200 in Australia/New Zealand since 2005 (OzDAFNE), and is also available in Kuwait and Singapore. Jane is author of 125+ peer-­reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and 150+ conference presentations. Jane has been an investigator on research attracting funds of $24 million, with over $19 million achieved since 2012.

Jane has broad research interests focused on improving the quality of life of people with diabetes and optimising their self-management. These include: developing, evaluating and enhancing provision of structured diabetes education; preventing recurrent severe hypoglycaemia; expectations, experiences and optimisation of new diabetes treatments and technologies; the experience of social stigma related to diabetes; monitoring and reducing diabetes-related distress; investigating the needs of people with diabetes at various ages and life stages. Jane is widely regarded as an authority on the development, use and interpretation of measures of psychological processes and outcomes in diabetes, also known as patient-reported outcomes (PROs). She has a passion for improving the language used in communicating with and about people with diabetes.


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