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McCusker Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Type 1 Diabetes



Dr Keely Bebbington is the McCusker Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Type 1 Diabetes. Her work aims to understand and significantly improve mental health and psychosocial functioning in youth with T1D and their families. She has a particular interest in helping young people and their families adjust to living with T1D and to reduce the burden of managing this chronic condition.

Keely completed her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia and her PhD focused on understanding the social transmission of negative information by people with elevated levels of anxiety. Keely also spent four year as a Research Assistant to the Western Australian Autism Register, based at Telethon Kids Institute where she was involved in research exploring the behavioural and cognitive characteristics of children and young people diagnosed with autism. In addition to her work as a researcher Keely continues to work part-time in private practice with people across the lifespan.

Keely is currently involved in the following projects:

  • Exploring the associations between coping, resilience, well-being and glycaemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents.
  • Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to the transition of emerging adults with type 1 diabetes from paediatric to adult care in Western Australia.
  • Characterising moment-to-moment fluctuation in stress, anxiety and blood glucose levels in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
  • Piloting a self-compassion program to promote physical and psychological wellbeing in youth with T1D.