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Deborah Butler, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., C.D.E.


Associate Director, Pediatric Programs

Teaching Appointment

Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Colby College, B.A., 1995

Graduate School

Boston University School of Social Work, M.S.W., 1999


Adcare Outpatient Services, Boston, 1997-1998; Boston Children's Hospital, 1998-1999


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker; Advanced Certificate in Clinical Work with Children, Adolescents, and their Families; Certified Diabetes Educator


Levine, B., Anderson, B.J., Butler, D.A, Antisdel, J.E., Brackett, J., & Laffel, L. (2001) Predictors of glycemic control and short-term adverse outcomes in youth with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics, 139 (2), 197-203.

Butler, D. (2002) For family members only. Diabetes Self Management, 19 (1).

Butler, D. (2002) Talking to your kids about substance abuse. Diabetes Self Management, 19 (5).

Anderson, B.J., Vangness, L., Connell, A., Butler, D., Goebel-Fabbri, A.E., & Laffel, L. (2002) Family conflict, adherence, and glycemic control in youth with short term duration type 1 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine,19, 635-642 .

Laffel, L., Vangness, L., Connell, A., Goebel-Fabbri, A., Butler, D., & Anderson, B. J. (2003) Impact of ambulatory, family-focused teamwork intervention on glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics,142, 409-416 .

Svoren, B.M., Butler, D., Levine B.S., Anderson B.J., & Laffel, L.M.B. (2003) Reducing adverse outcomes in youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 112 (4), 914-922.

Butler, D. & Lawlor, M.T. (2004) It takes a village:  Helping families live with diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum, 17 (1), 26-31.

Moreland EC, Tovar A, Zuehlke JB, Butler DA, Milaszewski K, & Laffel L. (2004) The impact of  physiological, therapeutic, and psychosocial variables on glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 17, 1533-1544.

Hood KK, Butler DA, Volkening LK, Anderson BJ, & Laffel L. (2004) The Blood Glucose Monitoring Communication Questionnaire: An instrument to measure affect specific toblood glucose monitoring. Diabetes Care, 27 (11), 2610-2615.

Butler, D. (2005) To pump, or not to pump? Diabetes Self Management, 22 (5).

Hood, K. K., Huestis, S., Maher, A., Butler, D., Volkening, L., & Laffel, L. (2006).  Depressive symptoms in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 29 (6), 1389-1391.

Wood, J.R., Moreland, E.C., Volkening, L.K., Svoren, B.M., Butler, D.A., & Laffel, L.M.B(2006).  Durability of insulin pump use in pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 29 (11), 2355-2360.

Svoren, B.M., Volkening, L.K., Butler, D.A., Moreland, E.C., Anderson, B.J., & Laffel, L.M.B. (2007). Temporal trends in the Treatment of Pediatric type 1 diabetes and impact on acute outcomes. Journal of Pediatrics, 150 (3), 279-285.

Hood, K.K, Butler, D.A., Anderson, B.J., & Laffel, L.M.B. (2007). Updated and revised diabetesfamily conflict scale. Diabetes Care, 30 (7), 1764-1769.

Butler, D.A., Zuehlke, J.B., Tovar, A., Volkening, L.K., Anderson, B.J. & Laffel, L.M.B. (2008) The impact of modifiable family factors on glycemic control among youth with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 9 (Part II): 373-381.

Markowitz, J.T., Butler, D.A., Volkening, L.K., Antisdel, J.E., Anderson, B,J., Laffel, L.M.B. (2010).  Brief screening tool for disordered eating in diabetes: internal consistency and external validity ina contemporary sample of pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, accepted.

Book chapters

Butler, D & Pettit, A. (2009). Diabetes and Family Issues. In LMB Laffel et al. (Eds.) Joslin's Guide to Managing Childhood Diabetes: A Family Teamwork Approach (p.192-208).  Boston, MA: Joslin Diabetes Center.

Butler, D. (2009). Behavioral Pitfalls – Prevention and Early Intervention. In LMB Laffel et al. (Eds.) Joslin's Guide to Managing Childhood Diabetes: A Family Teamwork Approach (p.209-222). Boston, MA: Joslin Diabetes Center.

Deborah Butler, L.I.C.S.W., Joslin Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Contact Information

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To register for Diabetes Support Groups,
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Pediatric Discussion Boards

Deborah Butler moderates the Joslin Pediatric Discussion Boards