Dr. Polonsky is Founder and President of Behavioral Diabetes Institute, an educational non-profit organization that is dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. Dr. Polonsky directs much of the research work of the Institute, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the behavioral aspects of diabetes. In addition, he is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. 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 towards 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 numerous 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").