Marisa Hilliard, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center



Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology Section

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Georgetown University bachelors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish
The Catholic University of America masters Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
The Catholic University of America PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology; Specialization in Children, Families, & Culture


My work focuses on strengths-based approaches to helping youth and young adults with type 1 diabetes engage in health behavior change that promotes optimal health and quality of life outcomes.

Clinical Interests:

I do not currently provide clinical services.

Research Interests:

Dr. Marisa Hilliard’s Resilience And Diabetes (RAD) Behavioral Research Lab conducts behavioral research to learn about and support resilience in young people with type 1 diabetes and their families. Resilient diabetes outcomes include engaging in diabetes self-management behaviors, having good diabetes-related quality of life, and aiming for glycemic outcomes close to the targets, even while managing the challenges of living with diabetes.

The lab’s work includes observational and survey research to understand how different risk and protective factors relate to or predict resilient diabetes outcomes, qualitative interview studies to learn about everyday life experiences with diabetes, studies to develop and evaluate new assessment measures related to these topics, and strengths-based intervention research to help young people and families living with diabetes maximize their strengths and achieve optimal outcomes.

Research in the RAD Behavioral Research Lab spans the pediatric age range, including studies from early childhood to early adulthood, with a focus on transitional periods such as adapting to a new diabetes diagnosis, shifting family diabetes management responsibilities between childhood and adolescence, adjusting to a new medical regimen or device, and transitioning from pediatric to adult care. 


Organization Name Role
American Diabetes Association Member; Serve on Mental Health Advisory Committee, Youth Strategies Committee, Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program Steering Committee
International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Member
Society of Behavioral Medicine Member
Society of Pediatric Psychology / American Psychological Association Division 54 Member; Serve on Targeted Research Grant Committee

Selected Publications

Hilliard ME, Harris MA, Weissberg-Benchell J. Diabetes resilience: a model of risk and protection in type 1 diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports 2012 December;12(6):739-48. Pubmed PMID: 22956459.

Modi AC, Pai AL, Hommel KA, Hood KK, Cortina S, Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Gray WN, Drotar D. Pediatric self-management: a framework for research, practice, and policy. Pediatrics 2012 February;129(2):e473-85. Pubmed PMID: 22218838.

Hilliard ME, Wu YP, Rausch J, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Predictors of deteriorations in diabetes management and control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Adolescent Health 2013 January;52(1):28-34. Pubmed PMID: 23260831.

Monaghan MC, Clary L, Stern A, Hilliard ME, Streisand R. Resilience in young children with type1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2015;40:878-887.

Gray WN, Monaghan MC, Gilleland Marchak J, Driscoll KA, Hilliard ME. Psychologists and the transition from pediatrics to adult health care. Journal of Adolescent Health 2015;57:475-481.

Hilliard ME, Powell PW, Anderson BJ. Evidence-based behavioral interventions to promote diabetes management in children, adolescents, and families. American Psychologist 2016;71:590-601. Pubmed PMID: 27690487.

Hilliard ME, Tully C, Monaghan M, Wang J, Streisand R. Design and development of a stepped-care behavioral intervention to support parents of young children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2017;62:1-10. Pubmed PMID: 28821468.

Hilliard ME, Iturralde E, Weissberg-Benchell J, Hood KK. The diabetes strengths and resilience measure for adolescents with type 1 diabetes (DSTAR-Teen): Validation of a new self-report measure. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2017;42:995-1005. Pubmed PMID: 28549160.

Hilliard ME, Hagger V, Hendrieckx C, Anderson BJ, Trawley S, Jack MM, Pouwer F, Skinner T, Speight J. Strengths, risk factors, and resilient outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Results from Diabetes MILES Youth – Australia. Diabetes Care 2017;40:849-855. Pubmed PMID: 28446529.

Hilliard ME, Eshtehardi SS, Minard CG, Wheat S, Gunn S, Sanders C, Klenk R, Anderson BJ. Strengths-based, clinic-integrated non-randomized pilot intervention to promote type 1 diabetes adherence and well-being. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2019;44:5-15. Pubmed PMID: 29982765.

Hilliard ME, Eshtehardi SS, Minard CG, Saber R, Thompson DI, Karaviti LP, Rojas Y, Anderson BJ. Type 1 doing well: Randomized pilot study protocol for a strengths-based behavioral intervention for parents of adolescents with type 1 diabetes using an mHealth app. JMIR Research Protocols 2018;7:e77. Pubmed PMID: 29535081.

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