Featured Scholar : Mary de Groot, PhD
Program ACTIVE: Behavioral Depression Treatment for Diabetes
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.