We see diabetes as more than a physical condition

The Diabetes + Mental Health Conference is a virtual event focused on the intersection of diabetes management and mental health.
This event brings together a cross-section of patients living with all types of diabetes, caregivers, medical professionals working with PWDs, and mental health professionals.

Why Attend?

This two-day event will highlight ways in which living with diabetes affects mental health. There will be 2 tracks - one for patients and one for caregivers and providers.

Highlights include:

Obtain CEU credits

Breakout sessions for each track

Opportunities to connect with our sponsors


Track One
Track Two
Optional Focus Group with Skirt My Pump
Welcome Announcements
Welcome Keynote with Mila Clarke *, @thehangrywoman
Meet and Greet with Mila
Diabetes + ADHD

Michael Fulop, PhD*

Exploring, Accepting and Navigating an Identity with Diabetes

Persis Commissariat, Phd, CDCES*

Panel: The Emotional Toll of Stigma and Shame (CEU available)

Susan Guzman, PhD
Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDCES*
Renza Scibilia*
T'ara Smith*
Phyllisa DeRoze*

Fireside Chats: Continuing the Conversation

Breakout discussions facilitated by the panelists

Track One
Track Two
Morning Remarks
Main Keynote with Mark Heyman, PhD, CDCES*
Beyond the PHQ-9: Supporting Mental Health in the Clinic

Anna Floreen Sabino, MSW, CDCES*

Love At First Injection Site: Navigating Diabetes & Relationships

Alexandria Ambrose, PsyD*

Lunch / Meet and Greet with Mark Heyman
Breaking the Barriers Between Diabetic and Psychiatric Medications

Carl Dunn, R.Ph.*

A Complicated Relationship: Diabetes, Food and Body Image

Julissa Rolon, MA, Psychotherapist*

The Trauma of Diabetes

Jennifer Martin-Schantz, M.S., M.A., Psy.D.*

Understanding and Establishing Health Boundaries with Yourself + Others

Lacy Simmons, LCSW*

Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Individuals with Diabetes from Underserved Communities

Dana Lehman, PsyD*

Parenting with Resilience

JoAnne Robb, LMFT

Closing Keynote with Adam Brown, AMFT*
Closing Remarks
After Hours with Adam Brown

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Heyman

Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. He is the CEO of the Center for Diabetes & Mental Health (CDMH) in San Diego. He is passionate about providing diabetes education and evidence-based mental health treatment and online programs to people with diabetes. Mark received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his psychology internship at the UCSD School of Medicine. He is the host of the Live Free with T1D podcast (formerly known as The Diabetes Psychologist Podcast) and the author of Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It: Your Guide to Managing the Emotional Challenges of T1D. Mark has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1999.

Adam Brown

Adam Brown has lived with diabetes for over 20 years. His first book, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, offers actionable diabetes tips related to food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. To date, over 300,000 copies of Bright Spots & Landmines have been sold/downloaded, with reader access at the center of the book's mission (free PDFfree audiobookpriced at-cost on Amazon).

Adam currently works in teenage eating disorders as a registered associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT), offering individual, group, and family therapy. He earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in 2021.

From 2010-2019, Adam worked at two mission-driven diabetes publications: Close Concerns and Diabetes Tips + Resources | diaTribe.org . At diaTribe, he served as Senior Editor, regular contributor, and the author of Adam’s Corner. As the Head of Diabetes Technology & Connected Care at Close Concerns, he wrote extensively about continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), automated insulin delivery, mobile apps, wearables, and the latest in diabetes research and care. Adam also brought a diabetes perspective to numerous public venues, including FDA and NIH meetings, international scientific and industry conferences (ADA, AADE, ATTD), and local events for people with diabetes and healthcare providers. He'd love to hear from you! Contact him through his website: helloadam.org.

Corporate Events Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions


This conference is for any adult interested in the intersection of diabetes and mental health. There will be a track for patients (of any type of diabetes), and a track for caregivers, healthcare providers (endos, CDEs, RDs) and mental health providers.