Type 1 Diabetes, Ages 14-18, Strategies for Managing Diabetes


Study Name: Supporting Teens’ Problem Solving: The STePS Study

Study Sponsors: National Institutes of Health (NIDDK)

Principal Investigator: Korey K. Hood, PhD


Who can sign up for this study? To be eligible for this study, teen volunteers must:

  • Be between 14 and 18 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for at least 1 year
  • Be fluent in English

Additionally, teen volunteers must NOT:

  • Have another chronic, physical disease or condition except for celiac or thyroid disease
  • Have a diagnosis of a major mental disorder (e.g., bipolar disorder, thought disorder, anorexia nervosa), major depressive disorder, or a developmental disorder (e.g., autism, Asperger’s)

Caregiver volunteers must:

  • Be fluent in English


What is this study about? Helping teenagers with type 1 diabetes, ages 14-18, learn strategies for managing diabetes.


What will happen in this study? If you agree to participate in the study, the following will occur:

  • Participation in one of two study groups by chance.
  • 9 group meetings with other teens with diabetes.
  • Completing questionnaires and interviews 6 times over the next two years. These will ask about your feelings about diabetes and how it is managed in your family.
  • A finger poke blood sample from you to obtain your hemoglobin A1c value at each assessment.

How long will this study last? Teens will be in the study for about 2 ½ years. Caregivers will be involved in the study for the same amount of time, but will only complete 6 one-hour assessments.


Reimbursement: Each teen will receive compensation up to $370. 

For more information please contact: 

Sarah Woods
(415) 514-8549 

Korey Hood, PhD
(415) 514-8533