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Persis Commissariat, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Section and a Research Associate in the Section of Clinical, Behavioral, and Outcomes Research, as well as an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Commissariat received her graduate degree from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She completed her pediatric psychology residency at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and her pediatric psychology fellowship training at Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Commissariat provides individual and family therapy to children, teens, and young adults with diabetes at Joslin, with a special interest in adjustment to new diabetes diagnosis, coping, diabetes burnout, treatment adherence issues. Dr. Commissariat’s research focuses on illness identity, new technologies, qualitative methods, and behavior change. She has presented her work at national and international research meetings for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange (BRIDGE), JDRF, International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), and the Type 1 Exchange Registry. She is a member of ADA and BRIDGE, and on the Psychosocial Advisory Board for JDRF.

Coping skill development, illness identity, intervention development, new technologies, qualitative research, young adult care

New York University

Graduate School
Yeshiva University

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Mailman Center for Child Development

Joslin Diabetes Center

Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider Certification

  • Pediatric
  • Behavioral Health
  • Technology
  • Type 1


Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
Fellowship Award, 2013-2015
American Diabetes Association Focus on Fellows Didactic Program and Travel Award, 2016-2019
BRIDGE Early Career Investigator Travel Grant, 2018
American Diabetes Association Young Investigator Travel Grant, 2018

Contact Information

Office Phone

(617) 732-2603

persis.commissariat [at]