Transition Readiness: A Family-Centered Experience (TRACE)

What Is the Purpose of This Study?

The purpose of this study is to evaluate Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Diabetes Transition (BFST-DT), which is a family intervention designed to improve transition readiness for teenagers, in 11th or 12th grade, with type 1 diabetes and their families. Transition readiness includes the individual and family skills believed to prepare teenagers to independently manage their diabetes care as they transition into young adulthood. We are also interested in learning what teenagers with type 1 diabetes and their parents think about the intervention. 

What Is Involved? 

Teens with type 1 diabetes and their caregiver(s) will be asked to...

  • Attend 4 multi-family group meetings (once a month) over video, where families will participate with other families and a group facilitator to learn skills to help with the transition to emerging adulthood.
  • Participate in 6 individual family meetings (every 2-4 weeks) over video to discuss the teen’s transition readiness.
  • Complete a series of online questionnaires at the beginning, end, and follow-up period after the intervention. 

Will I Be Compensated? 

Families will be compensated with electronic gift cards to vendors of their choice for their time. Each family can earn up to $200 by the end of the intervention, and an additional $200 for their participation during the follow-up period.

How Can I Sign Up to Participate? 

Visit the link below to learn more and to sign up to participate in this study:

Learn More & Participate

This study is Lurie Children’s IRB 2023-6210, Evaluating The Initial Efficacy, Acceptability, and Feasibility of BFST-DT, an Intervention for Improving Transition Readiness for Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Type 1 Diabetes, Jaclyn Papadakis, PhD. The content of this message has been approved by the Lurie Children’s IRB.

Meet Our Research Team

Jaclyn Papadakis, PhD

Principal Investigator
Pediatric Psychologist, Lurie Children's; 
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Lurie Children's; 
Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Michael Harris, PhD​

Pediatric Psychologist, ​
Professor, Chief Psychologist,​

Madeleine Suhs, BS

Behavioral Research Coordinator, Lurie Children's 

Alex O'Donnell

Interventionist, Lurie Children's 


Contact the TRACE team at 312.227.1938 or email us at