Ingrid Willaing is the research manager of the Diabetes Management, Health Promotion research group, and she has been elected as the vice-chairperson of the Executive Committee at the European PSAD study group, which conducts research into the psychosocial aspects of diabetes.
This position gives Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) a strong voice in the field of psychosocial diabetes research, and it provides an opportunity to strengthen our research network in this field. Ingrid Willaing’s research field is patient support and education, including the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes, and as the vice-chairperson of PSAD, she will be able to contribute with new perspectives on the work of the study group.
“The study group primarily consists of psychologists. Steno could contribute with stronger focus on integrating a social and pedagogical dimension, and on involving patients in research; a relatively new methodology in this field of research,” said Ingrid Willaing.
Ingrid Willaing has been a research manager at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen since 2010. The Diabetes Management Research group has developed a range of research-based concepts for patient education and support. These concepts have been developed and tested, and are now being extensively used in practice both nationally and internationally. Through her involvement in the DAWN2 study, Ingrid Willaing joined PSAD in 2011, and this gave her the opportunity to establish a strong international network in this field of research, which has been relatively limited in Denmark.
PSAD is an acronym for Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes and is a study group under the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). PSAD is a forum for exploring and furthering understanding of the psychosocial aspects of diabetes, and in recent years the group has also focussed on developing methods to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes, and to prevent and manage the psychosocial challenges of living with diabetes. The PSAD study group organises annual scientific meetings and symposia.