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Collectively, we have worked with some of the best diabetes teams across the country, headed up by some of the best endocrinologists. Our work has been heavily influenced by these teams and their physician leaders, including the diabetes teams at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri (Neil H. White, MD, and the late Julio Santiago, MD), Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (Allen Glasgow, MD, and Fran Cogen, MD), Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts (Lori Laffel, MD, MPH), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (Lawrence Dolan, MD), Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois (Donald Zimmerman, MD), the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center in Portland, Oregon (Andrew Ahmann, MD, and Bruce Boston, MD), and the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes in San Francisco, California (Saleh Adi, MD).

In addition, the success of our work has been made possible only through the support, guidance, and direction of the many expert clinicians and scientists in the field of diabetes, including Cindy L. Hanson, PhD, Tim Wysocki, PhD, Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, Richard R. Rubin, PhD, Mark Peyrot, PhD, David Marrero, PhD, Dennis Drotar, PhD, Pat Lustman, PhD, Alan Delamater, PhD, Marilyn Ritholz, PhD, and Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, and the many members of BRIDGE (Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange).

During the writing of this book, a titan in the field, Dr. Richard R. Rubin, passed away. Dr. Rubin was considered one of the founding fathers of behavioral and psychosocial research in diabetes. He was a key player in many of the large multicenter studies examining better ways to treat diabetes, including the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs (DAWN), as well as many others. Along with Dr. Barbara J. Anderson, Dr. Rubin coauthored one of the first books for professionals addressing the psychosocial and behavioral challenges of diabetes care, Practical Psychology for Diabetes Clinicians (Anderson and Rubin 1996). Besides being an exemplary researcher and professional, Dr. Rubin was an incredibly grounded and compassionate individual. He was one of the nicest people we have had the pleasure of working with. When speaking about our successes in diabetes, we always think about the expression “standing on the shoulders of giants.” Dr. Rubin is and was one of those giants.

We would like to thank our life partners (Ally Burr-Harris, PhD, Neil Benchell, JD, and Diana Naranjo, PhD) for their support, patience, and encouragement throughout our careers. In addition, we would like to thank our own children (Jonah, Solomon, Raechel, Morgan, Maria, Emma, and Naomi) for the valuable lessons they have taught us as parents. They have brought us humility and helped us to “walk the walk,” adding to our ability to keep it real in our professional work with adolescents.

Finally, we would like to thank all the families of teens with diabetes whom we have worked with over the years. We are continually amazed at how they cope with the complexity of diabetes on top of the complexity of adolescence. Although all three of us have been trained in psychology, child development, and diabetes, most of what we have learned has come from our direct work with hundreds of teens with diabetes and their families. We are forever indebted to these remarkable young people and their equally remarkable families.

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