Prof Jane Speight

PhD CPsychol FBPsS

Prof Jane Speight

PhD CPsychol FBPsS

Biography

Jane is the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), established in 2010 as a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

She has a PhD in health psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, is a chartered psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

In 2011, Jane led the development of the Diabetes Australia position statement: ‘A new language for diabetes’, which has ignited an international movement (#LanguageMatters) focused on improving the language used in communicating with and about people with diabetes, with similar statements now produced by the IDF (2014), ADA/AADE (2017), and NHS England/Diabetes UK (2018). In 2017, she led the development of a Diabetes Australia position statement: ‘Glucose self-monitoring in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes’.

In 2018, she was honoured to be the subject of a Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology profile: ‘Jane Speight: tackling diabetes and its stigma Down Under’. In 2019, this profile was among 33 featured by The Lancet in a virtual collection to mark International Women’s Day: #LancetWomen.