One in four patients with diabetes will experience depression in their lifetime which is associated with poorer outcomes, greater functional disability, and early mortality. Dr. Mary de Groot is a clinical psychologist whose research is focused on examining the mechanisms that link diabetes and depression as well as the development of accessible interventions to treat depression among adults and socio-economically and culturally diverse populations with diabetes.
Dr. de Groot’s Program ACTIVE (Adults Coming Together to Increase Vital Exercise) is a research study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive Diseases and Kidneys within the National Institutes of Health. The study looks at a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise for individuals with type 2 diabetes to be used as a model of an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of depression in diabetes.
Dr. de Groot has contributed more than 80 articles and presentations on the psychosocial aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. de Groot’s work on treatment of depression for those with diabetes is another example of how IUPUI faculty are TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.