Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N., Receives the 2014 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Thursday, May 01, 2014
At the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 74th Scientific Sessions in June, Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N., Investigator in the Section of Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research at Joslin Diabetes Center and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will be presented with the 2014 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.
“I was very honored and delighted to be selected,” said Dr. Weinger. “I focus on behavioral and educational research and this award is important to me because it brings recognition to this type of work. By studying how people respond to education and understanding the best methods for educating people, we can further support people in their efforts to manage their diabetes.”
The Outstanding Diabetes Educator Award is bestowed to a health professional that makes exceptional educational efforts in the field of diabetes and demonstrates significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education.
Every year the ADA holds their annual Scientific Sessions, which is the largest diabetes meeting in the world and brings together nearly 18,000 participants, including more than 14,000 clinicians and researchers from 118 countries. The five day meeting showcases timely and significant advances in basic science and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.
“I am delighted that Dr. Weinger has received this award from the ADA,” said Martin J. Abrahamson, M.D., FACP, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Joslin and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “This award is recognition for someone who has made many seminal contributions to the education of people with diabetes, ranging from how adults learn to manage their diabetes to the development of curricula for patients and their implementation.”
In addition to providing significant contributions to the field of diabetes education, Dr. Weinger also offers guidance to behavioral medicine students at Joslin.
“Dr. Weinger has mentored dozens of graduate students in behavioral medicine and has lectured around the world about her research findings,” said Melinda Maryniuk, RD, FADA, CD and Director of Clinical Education Programs at Joslin as well as the recipient of the Outstanding Diabetes Educator Award in 2005. “She is considered one of the world’s leading researchers in diabetes education, behavior change and understanding factors that affect diabetes self-care."
As an Investigator in the Section of Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research, Dr. Weinger concentrates on the mechanisms underlying the differential abilities to implement diabetes self-care.
She also works to develop interventions and other methods of support that clinicians can use for helping people with diabetes achieve glycemic targets and minimize the physical, emotional and social consequences.
“Dr. Weinger’s publications have helped diabetes educators and healthcare providers better understand patient-provider communications and how to best break down barriers that have led to improvements in care,” commented Maryniuk.
Dr. Weinger will deliver the lecture, “Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Examining Diabetes Self-care” at the Scientific Sessions where she will be joined by Edward Horton, M.D., Senior Investigator at Joslin and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who is receiving the 2014 Albert Renold Award and Andrzej Krolewski, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Section on Genetics and Epidemiology at Joslin and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who is receiving the 2014 Kelly West Award in Epidemiology.
“This is the most prominent award for the field of diabetes education in the world,” said George King, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin. “To be awarded this recognition, the recipient has to have made extraordinary contributions to the field of diabetes education, and Dr. Weinger fulfills this requirement perfectly.”
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