Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Robin Whittemore

Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 22005

phone: 203-737-2351
fax: 203-785-6455


Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN is a Professor at Yale School of Nursing and  the Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale.  Her research focuses on lifestyle change to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes as well as the psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness. Dr. Whittemore’s research has been funded by NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Whittemore has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented at hundreds of scientific conferences and invited talks. Dr. Whittemore has received the Marlene Kramer Outstanding Alumni Award for Research in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in 2014, the Recruitment Program of High-end Foreign Experts Award from The State Administration of Experts Affairs in China in 2017, and the Dorothy Sexton Mentorship Award from the Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in 2018.

Research​ Interests

Dr. Whittemore’s research initially focused on adults with type 2 diabetes, specifically in translating theory-based interventions with established efficacy into a new setting, such as modifying the Diabetes Prevention Program for delivery by nurse practitioners in primary care and by visiting nurses and community health workers (CHWs) in subsidized housing. She has modified behavioral interventions for adults and adolescents to a technology platform. She has translated an in-person coping skills training program and an obesity prevention program for youth to the internet and has used text messaging to provide a positive psychology intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes, In her most recent work, she developed an internet program for parents of adolescents with type 1 diabetes, and modified a group-based program for adults of low socioeconomic status with T2D in Mexico that includes a theory-based mHealth component. 

Selected Publi​cations

Guo, J., Luo, J., Huang, L., Yang, J., & Whittemore, R. (in press). Adaptation and feasibility testing of a coping skills training program for Chinese youth with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 

Whittemore, R., Vilar-Compte, M., De La Cerda, S., Delvy, R., Jeon, S., Burrola-Méndez, S., Pardo-Carrillo, M., Lozano-Marrufo, A., & Pérez-Escamilla, R. (in press). ¡Sí, Yo PuedoVivir Sano con Diabetes! A Pilot Self-Management Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial for Low-Income Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Mexico City. Current Developments in Nutrition.

Whittemore R. V-CM, Burrola Mendez S, Lozano-Marrufo A, Delvy R, Pardo-Carrilo M, De La Cerda S, Pena-Purcell N, & Perez-Escamilla R. . Development of a Theory-Based Diabetes. Self-Management + mHealth Program for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes with Limited Resources: ¡Sí, Yo Puedo Vivir Sano Con Diabetes! . BMC – Pilot and Feasibility Studies (in press).

Guo, J., Wang, H., Luo, J., Guo, Y., Xie, Y., Lei, B., Wiley, J., & Whittemore, R. (2019). Factors influencing the effect of Mindfulness-based interventions on diabetes distress: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care.

Wischik, D., Magny-Normilus, C., &. Whittemore, R. (2019). Risk factors of obesity in Veterans of recent conflicts: Need for diabetes prevention. Current Diabetes Reports. 19:70.

Magny-Normilus, C. & Whittemore, R. (2019). Haitian Immigrants and Type 2 Diabetes: An Integrative Review.Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Whittemore, R., Coleman, J., Delvy, R., Zincavage, R., Ambrosoli, J.A., Shi, L., Kato, N., & Marceau, L. (2019). An eHealth program for parents of adolescents with T1DM improves parenting stress. Diabetes Educator, 46, 62-72.

Whittemore, R., Vilar-Compte, M., De La Cerda, S., Marron, D., Conover, R., Delvy, R., Lozano-Marrufo, A., & Pérez-Escamilla, R. (2019). Challenges to Diabetes Self-Management for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Low-Resource Settings in Mexico City: A Qualitative Descriptive Study.International Journal for Equity in Health, 18, 133.

Whittemore, R. Zincavage, R.M., Jaser, S.S., Grey, M.,  Coleman, J.L.,  Collett, D., Delvy, R., Basile Ibrahim, B., & Marceau, L.D. (2018). Development of an eHealth Program for Parents of Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes Educator, 44, 72-82. 

Whittemore, R., Delvy, R. & McCarthy, M.M. (2018). The experience of partners of adults with type 1 diabetes: An integrative review. Current Diabetes Reports,18: 19.

Rechenberg, K., Grey, M., & Whittemore, R.  (2017).  Anxiety in youth with type 1 diabetes.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 32, 64-71.

Minges KE, Whittemore R, Weinzimer S, Irwin M, Redeker NS, Grey M. (2017). Correlates of overweight and obesity in 5,529 adolescents with type 1 diabetes: the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 126, 68-78.

Joiner, K., Nam, S., & Whittemore, R. (2017). Lifestyle Interventions Based on the Diabetes Prevention Program Delivered via eHealth: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, 100, 194-207.

Whittemore, R., Liberti, L.S., Jeon, S., Chao, A., Minges, K.E., Murphy, K., & Grey, M.  (2015).  Efficacy and implementation of an internet psychoeducational program for teens with type 1 diabetes.  Pediatric Diabetes, 17, 567-575. DOI: 10.1111/pdi.12338. PMCID:PMC4882266

Whittemore, R., Liberti, L., Jeon, S., Chao, A., Jaser, S., & Grey, M. (2014). Self-management as a mediator of family functioning and depressive symptoms with health outcomes in youth with type 1 diabetes. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36, 1254-1271. PMCID:PMC4267676

Whittemore, R., Rosenberg, A., Gilmore, L., Withey, M., & Breault, A. (2014). Implementation of a diabetes prevention program in public housing communities. Public Health Nursing, 31(4), 317-326.

Whittemore, R., Jang, M., Chao, A., Liptak, T., Popick, R., & Grey, M. (2013). Implementation of a school-based internet obesity prevention program for adolescents. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45, 586-94. PMCID:PMC3797867

Grey, M., Whittemore, R., Jeon, S., Murphy, K., Faulkner, M., & Delamater, A. (2013). Internet psycho-education programs improve outcomes in youth with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 36, 2475-82.

Whittemore, R., Rosenberg, A., & Jeon, S. (2013). A diabetes prevention program provided by homecare nurses to residents of subsidized housing communities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 6, 68-77.

Whittemore, R., Jaser, S., Faulkner, M., Murphy, K., Delamater, A., & Grey, M. (2013). Type 1 diabetes eHealth psychoeducation: Youth recruitment, participation, and satisfaction. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15, e15. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.2170.

Whittemore, R., Jeon, S., & Grey, M. (2013). An internet obesity prevention program for adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 439-447.  DOI: 0.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.07.014.

Whittemore, R., Jaser, S. S., Jeon, S., Liberti, L., Delamater, A., Murphy, K., Faulkner, M. S., & Grey, M. (2012). An internet coping skills training program for youth with type 1 diabetes: Six month outcomes. Nursing Research, 61, 395-404. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182690a29.

Whittemore, R. (2011). A systematic review of the translational research on the Diabetes Prevention Program. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 480-491.

Whittemore, R., & Knafl, K. (2005). The integrative review: Updated methodology. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52, 1-8.

Whittemore, R., & Grey, M. (2002). The systematic development of nursing interventions. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34, 115-120.

Whittemore, R., Chase, S. K., & Mandle, C. L. (2001). Validity in qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 11, 522-537.