Julia Blanchette, PhD, RN, CDCES


Julia was diagnosed with T1D over 20 years ago when she was 7 years old. She has proudly been wearing an insulin pump since the year she was diagnosed and has a special interest in DIY diabetes technology. She currently works as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, insulin pump and CGM trainer at the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center. She recently finished her PhD in Nursing Science at Case Western Reserve University. Her research is focused on the transition from pediatric to adult diabetes care, diabetes self-management programs, and financial stress, mental health, and self-management outcomes in young adults with T1D. She has given numerous presentations and has many publications on diabetes technology and on her research. She also serves as the co-chair of the Pediatric and Camp Community of Interest for the American Association for Diabetes Educators and on the Board of Directors for JDRF Northeast Ohio. In her spare time, she is heavily involved in the Northeast Ohio T1D Community. She also enjoys helping with Camp Ho Mita Koda where she is the healthcare director, exploring Cleveland and writing. You can follow her on Twitter @JBlanchetteCDE or on Instagram @nursejebcat.