Local resident offers stress management program for diabetics

CathyBykowskiThe Diabetes Stress Relief Study is being conducted as part of a doctoral dissertation by Springfield resident Cathy Bykowski, MA. Cathy is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida who relocated to Erdenheim, Pennsylvania to be closer to her family while she completes the work for her doctorate. Her research and clinical interests revolve around the relationship between mental and physical health. She is particularly interested in the ways in which psychological factors affect diabetes outcomes. She has developed and led several stress management groups for people with diabetes in the Tampa, Florida area.

Cathy is looking for participants in her study…

The Purpose of the Study

While most people experience some level of stress in their daily lives, people who are living with diabetes are more likely to have stress than people without diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes who are stressed often have higher glucose levels and trouble sticking to their diabetes management plans. Numerous research studies have demonstrated that taking steps to manage your stress can lead to you feeling better mentally and physically. Relieving stress and improving mood has been shown to help people take control of their diabetes and reduce their A1c.

Stress & Mood with LogoThe Details

As part of the Diabetes Stress Relief research study, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are offering adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes a FREE online program that will teach ways to manage stress and improve mood. The program is conducted entirely online through an interactive website that uses graphics, animations, audio, and video to explain techniques that will help you set goals, solve problems, manage time, change the way you think, and relax.

The Stress and Mood Management Program teaches you a variety of skills so that you can decide which work best for you. Because it is an internet-based program, it is convenient and flexible so it easily fits into your hectic life and busy schedule. You can sign on and participate whenever is best for you, from wherever you are. There are 8 weekly sections that each take less than 30 minutes to complete. It provides you with real information that you can use in your life to relieve stress and manage your mood.

In addition to receiving access to the FREE program, participants who complete the study will be compensated for their time.

USF Diabetes LogoBe Part of It

If you, or a friend or family member, are interested in learning more about the study or would like to sign up, you can visit the study’s website at, email, or call (215.264.7571) the researchers directly. The research study is voluntary and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at USF (Pro00002563), some eligibility criteria apply.