Each of these individuals will be spending a year learning about and serving in the diabetes community. These are diabetes specialty fellowships and are at Stanford University, Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard University and the University of South Florida. We are excited to watch the growth of this next generation of diabetes psychology providers and researchers.
Persis Commissariat completed her internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. from the Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) Program at Yeshiva University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, from New York University. Persis developed her lab’s first pediatric diabetes study, focusing on identity development, social support, and treatment adherence in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
Meredyth Evans received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 2015. As part of her doctoral training, she completed a one-year predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Virginia in 2007. Meredyth has clinical interests in pediatric psychology and she gained specialized experience at CNMC with youth and families affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Esti Iturralde received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed her clinical internship at the VA Northern California Health Care System. Her undergraduate work in the History of Science was completed at Harvard University. Her research has focused on relationship processes in families and friendships, and how these relate to adolescents’ health, adjustment, and risk behavior.
Laura completed her undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Sociology, and completed the KSU Honors College curriculum. Laura attended the University of South Florida for her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology where was a member of the Clinical Health Psychology Lab. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System with rotations in Primary Care Behavioral Health, Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Acute Inpatient Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Treatment, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Medicine. Laura’s line of research is focused on the interplay between psychosocial factors, chronic illness, health promotion, and health behavior change, with a targeted emphasis on diabetes and obesity.
Molly Tanenbaum has a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She spent several years working as a reporter for community newspapers in the Bay Area before returning to graduate school. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a health emphasis from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in the Behavioral Medicine track. Her research has focused on diabetes self-management and diabetes-related distress in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.