February 9, 2016


Hi! My name is Denise Van Sant – Smith, MSN RN, CNE, PhD Candidate.

I have been a Registered Nurse for 20 years now and my career in nursing has been in many areas: Critical Care, the Emergency Room, Pediatrics and more recently, Cabin Nurse at a diabetes camp (Camp Nejeda) and nurse educator at a college.

I also have a child with Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed over eight years ago and I know the challenges of T1D as a parent and a nurse. Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to work with children and adolescents with diabetes and it is here that I have seen how important education and a holistic approach to care is for this population. This research is an effort to find a pathway toward improving the quality of life for those with diabetes which can result in improved daily management of diabetes.

I am currently working on my PhD at Duquesne University and my research is concerning how learning about mindfulness might help adolescents with diabetes feel better – both mentally and physically.

This website is my delivery of an intervention that I am researching. I would like to better understand and utilize the science connecting health and emotions investigating the use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I would like to use this research to evaluate if teaching this cognitive behavioral therapy would improve not only the quality of life of those with diabetes but also improve the physiological measures of blood glucose control.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via phone or e-mail with any questions about this research.

– Denise

EMail: vansantsmithd@duq.edu
Phone/Fax: 877-982-7455
Mailing Address: P O Box 1834 Toms River, NJ 08754

Research Committee Chair and Advisor:
Linda Goodfellow, PhD, RN, FAAN
Duquesne University School of Nursing
Pittsburgh, PA 15282