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Jane K. Dickinson

Professional Background

Educational Background

Jane earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Olaf College, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her PhD in Nursing from University of Connecticut.

Scholarly Interests

Diabetes education; diabetes management; type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes; LADA; gestational diabetes mellitus; online learning; the role of context in the diabetes experience: the effect of language (words) in diabetes care; social media and diabetes

Selected Publications

professional experiences

Jane has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) since 1996. She started her diabetes professional career as the Director of Clinical Services and Education at The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in North Oxford, Massachusetts. In 1999, Jane developed the Diabetes Education Program at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she served as Program Director for 12 years. Jane started teaching online in 2009. She taught Nursing Theory at the graduate level and Human Nutrition at the undergraduate level. She also taught Human Anatomy & Physiology in the undergraduate classroom setting. Jane became the Program Director for the Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management Program at Teachers College in 2011, and she teaches four of the core diabetes courses.

HBSD 4120: Pathophysiology of Diabetes and its Complications

This course covers the physiology of normal energy metabolism and the pathophysiology of energy metabolism as seen in metabolic syndrome, the progression to type 2 diabetes, overt type 2 diabetes, as well as type 1, gestational, and drug-induced diabetes. Comorbid conditions and acute and chronic complications of diabetes and hyperglycemia will be addressed.

HBSD 4130: Assessment of the Person with Diabetes

This course teaches the clinician how to conduct a diabetes-focused assessment of the person with diabetes, with consideration for family dynamics and support. Emphasis is placed on cognitive, behavioral, and affective assessments, as well as select elements of the clinical assessment, i.e., the assessment of the "whole" person with diabetes. The findings from the assessment are then used as the basis for goal-setting.

HBSD 4140: Preventive & Therapeutic Interventions in Diabetes Management

This course covers the specific components of multimodal therapies used to treat diabetes and associated comorbidities, as well as to prevent the acute and chronic complications of diabetes, referencing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines whenever possible. The major elements of, indications for, rationales for, and complications of current therapeutic regimens will be explored.

HBSD 4150: Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) Programs: Development, Implementation, & Evaluation

This course provides specific guidance regarding implementation of the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education (ADA, 2007) to create Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs that will fulfill ADA recognition or AADE accreditation requirements.