Dr. Bill Polonsky is an associate clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as senior psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, as faculty member at Harvard Medical School and as chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, Dr. Polonsky is a distinguished national and international lecturer on behavior diabetes issues. An active researcher in the field of behavioral diabetes, he has served on the editorial boards of
Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and
Diabetes Health. His most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, blood glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes, physician and lay attitudes toward insulin and oral medications, group-based behavior change programs, the influence of continuous glucose monitoring on quality of life and emotional and behavioral responses to the diagnosis of diabetes.
In addition to his many diabetes-related professional publications, he has authored several books for the lay audience (e.g.,
Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore) and co-edited several others for health care professionals (e.g.,
A CORE Curriculum for Diabetes Education).