Public Health Seminar Series:

The importance of evaluating psycho-social factors while addressing the problem of diabetes by Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D.

Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm Cal-IT2 Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Based on recent statistics, 415 million (or 1 in 11) adults globally have diabetes. In US alone, 30 million people have diabetes and these numbers are only expected to rise. Additionally, almost 84 million people have prediabetes and are at a high risk of converting to type 2 diabetes. Without a doubt, diabetes has grown rapidly from being considered an individual’s disease to becoming a major public health concern. There is an urgent need to develop culturally competent and patient centered interventions that can tackle this condition on a wider scale. Optimal diabetes management necessitates a complex 24x7 regimen, which can be very demanding for patients and their caregivers. There is a growing body of research underlying the need to push beyond clinical targets in diabetes management and also address the psycho-social aspects of this condition that can have a devastating impact on the self-care abilities and quality of life of patients. We are more likely to achieve desired outcomes if clinical and psycho-social outcomes are addressed together.

Speaker Biography - Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D.

Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D.
Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D. Clinical Research Scientist, Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach
Dr. Harsimran “Sim” Singh is a Health Psychologist specializing in diabetes-specific research and interventions. She has a Masters in Health and Clinical Psychology from India, and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (UK). As part of her doctoral degree, she specialized in assessing and understanding psychosocial aspects of diabetes management in different ethnic groups. Subsequently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Diabetes from University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) and subsequently was an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Health and Technology at the UVA School of Medicine. She is currently the clinical research scientist at the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center in Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach. Dr. Singh is passionate about driving high-quality diabetes research and developing person-centered interventions to assist patients and their families better manage this condition and improve their quality of life. Through her research, she also aims to emphasize patients’ experiences of living with diabetes and the psychosocial impact of this condition for the benefit of healthcare professionals and others without diabetes. She has published and presented extensively on this subject and secured a variety of federally and industry funded diabetes grants.

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