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Foundation Director, Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Deakin University

Professor Speight is a chartered psychologist with a PhD in health psychology from Royal Holloway University of London.

She leads a large and varied program of research in Australia and internationally, through which she aims to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes and encourage healthcare professionals to better understand the impact of diabetes and its treatment from the individual’s perspective.

Her research focuses on optimising physical health, with a strong emphasis on optimal self-management and use of diabetes treatments and technologies, optimising emotional health, and creating a supportive environment.


  • 2010–present
    Foundation Director, The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, a partnership between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University


  • 2003 
    Royal Holloway University of London, PhD
  • 1999 
    British Psychological Society, CPsychol
  • 1995 
    Middlesex University, MSc Health Psychology
  • 1993 
    Brunel University, BSc(Hons) Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)

Research Areas

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Endocrinology (110306)