Jessica Carlson

Thomas Lab Team Member


Major: Doctor of Nursing Program, Family Nurse Practitioner

Anticipated graduation date: May 2024

Why I joined the Research Team:

I wanted to learn more about the implementation of a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) as it is one of the most evidence-based lifestyle change programs to date. I feel as a future Family Nurse Practitioner that primary care needs to learn more about effective ways to support patients in lifestyle modification. Without effective support of patients through behavioral modification processes, patients will continue to experience worse outcomes and increased morbidity and mortality.

Future Goals:

: I would like to see behavioral modification programs like the DPP and others become reliable cornerstones of the healthcare system. With more consistency, behavioral modification programs can learn, grow, and improve upon their structures to better the overall outcomes of participants. I would like to support these programs now and in my future practice; helping to make deliberate improvements based on emerging evidence.

How work with the team is related or will be helpful:

I will be completing a Lifestyle Coach Training through the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) and facilitating DPP sessions with individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This training and facilitation experience will grow my knowledge of what best supports clients in the program and will generate ideas for improvement in future iterations of the DPP. I will also look towards completing my DNP project on effective interventions for increasing participant’s activity hours per week or overall retention in the program.



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