• 1320 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
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Research interests

Dr. Heather Stuckey is co-director of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core at Penn State College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in qualitative research, including several grants related to qualitative research and understanding the meaning and behaviors of diabetes. She was Lead Qualitative Researcher for the completed Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) international study involving 17 countries. She established procedures for coding more than 100,000 words of qualitative data regarding the successes, wishes and barriers to those with diabetes. This included supervising qualitative coders to achieve inter-rater reliability and negotiating meaning of cultural and political climates in the text.

Her career has focused on diabetes care and improvement in the lives of people with diabetes, primarily through qualitative and mixed-methods research. She has trained qualitative researchers in internal medicine and conducted training for focus group facilitators in preparation for completion of PCORI and internal grants. Dr. Stuckey was also recently lead qualitative researcher for an international mixed methods study of barriers to insulin initiation. 

Dr. Stuckey was a National Institute of Health Training Institute Fellow for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Healther Stuckey teaches both the qualitative health research and mixed methods research courses for the MPH and DrPH programs at Penn State College of Medicine. She also serves as master facilitator for first-year medical students in humanities and in science of health systems. Dr. Stuckey supervises DrPH dissertation committees and medical student research projects.

She has formed several long-term mentoring relationships with faculty and medical students through the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core and teaches courses in the arts and medical education, qualitative research methods and interviewing and coding skills.

Professional information

Professional Member, American Diabetes Association, 2002 to present

Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2009 to present

Member, National Organization of Arts and Health, 2015 to present

Education/Academic qualification

Endocrinology, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

… → 2009

Adult Education/Behavioral Health, DEd, The Pennsylvania State University

… → 2007

Adult Education/Systems Dynamics, MEd, Temple University

… → 2005

External positions

Consultant, Diabetes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2019 → …

Associate Editor, Diabetic Medicine

2018 → …

Consultant, Eli Lilly

2010 → …

Consultant, Novo/Nordisk BioChem.

2010 → …

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Projects 2011 2016

Self Care
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Point-of-Care Systems
Social Media
Self Care
Practice Guidelines
Public Health
Qualitative Research

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 1320 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 46 Article
  • 2 Letter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

CE: Original Research: Experiences of Diabetes Burnout: A Qualitative Study Among People with Type 1 Diabetes

Abdoli, S., Hessler, D., Vora, A., Smither, B. & Stuckey, H., Dec 1 2019, In : The American journal of nursing. 119, 12, p. 22-31 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Self Care
Quality of Life

Descriptions of diabetes burnout from individuals with Type 1 diabetes: an analysis of YouTube videos

Abdoli, S., Hessler, D., Vora, A., Smither, B. & Stuckey, H., Jan 1 2019, In : Diabetic Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Care
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
1 Citation (Scopus)

Glycated hemoglobin differences among blog-reading adults with type 1 diabetes compared with those who do not read blogs: Cross-sectional study

Oser, S. M., Stuckey, H. L., Parascando, J. A., McGinley, E. L., Berg, A. & Oser, T. K., Apr 2019, In : Journal of medical Internet research. 21, 4, e13634.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Glycosylated Hemoglobin A
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Cross-Sectional Studies
4 Citations (Scopus)

Identifying solutions to psychological insulin resistance: An international study

Polonsky, W. H., Fisher, L., Hessler, D., Stuckey, H., Snoek, F. J., Tang, T., Hermanns, N., Mundet, X., Silva, M., Sturt, J., Okazaki, K., Hadjiyianni, I., Cao, D., Ivanova, J., Desai, U. & Perez-Nieves, M., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. 33, 4, p. 307-314 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insulin Resistance
Delivery of Health Care
2 Citations (Scopus)

Improving Diabetes Care: Should We Reconceptualize Diabetes Burnout?

Abdoli, S., Jones, D. H., Vora, A. & Stuckey, H., Apr 1 2019, In : Diabetes Educator. 45, 2, p. 214-224 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality of Life