Screenside Chats with CWD

Talking About Kids' Mental Health with Laura Smith, PhD, CDE


Taking care of kids and their mental health needs means talking about it, and we're excited to have Laura Smith, PhD, CDE and CWD's Clinical Director, Marissa Town, BSN, RN, CDCES, join for a Screenside Chat about how to talk about the mental health needs of children with diabetes and their families.

This video was originally broadcasted live via webinar on October 4, 2020 at 3 pm ET.

Laura Smith, PhD, CDE, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, a licensed psychologist, and certified diabetes educator at the University of South Florida Diabetes Center. Dr. Smith provides clinical care and conducts research in the area of pediatric and adult type 1 diabetes. Her research focuses on how healthcare providers and individuals with diabetes can collaborate and share in health decision-making, how family interactions impact diabetes management, and the psychological impact of being genetically at-risk for type 1 diabetes. Dr. Smith has published research articles in these areas and speaks on these topics to various groups of healthcare providers, researchers, and patients. She also provides clinical services to individuals living with type 1 diabetes and their families. Dr. Smith’s work is guided by her own experience: she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago and believes that having diabetes can be challenging but is manageable with education, a positive outlook, and a good support network.