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Founder, Beta Connect; PhD Student, University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL


Heather Gabel is a PhD student researcher studying peer-support in the context of diabetes at University of Illinois at Chicago. Gabel has a background working in the non-profit sector with organizations like DiabetesSisters and Diabetes Hands Foundation. In her blog, Gabel writes about the intersection of patient experience and academia.

AVAILABILITY: less than 10 hours/week

Industry Experience
Healthcare - Academia
Areas Of Expertise
Peer Support
Health Perspective
Health Conditions
Diabetes Diabetes - Type 1 Disabilities Thyroid Diseases Women's Health
Administrative Assistant at DiabetesSisters
August 2015 – September 2016

I maintained the DiabetesSisters social media presence, created and maintained monthly newsletters, represented DiabetesSisters at various conferences, assisted in creating new educational materials for PODS meet ups, upkeep the DiabetesSisters website, and applied graduate studies to the DiabetesSisters community whenever applicable.

Administrative and Programs Assistant at Diabetes Hands Foundation
August 2012 – May 2014

I provided program support, online store redesign, maintenance office organization, helped with fundraising efforts, participated directly in programs and communities. I also managed our social media channels, i.e. twitter accounts and blog. I have attended diabetes conferences like ADA and Friends For Life as a representative of the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Bachelors, Comparative Religion
UC Berkeley
August 2010 – May 2012
Berkeley, CA, United States

Doctorate, Disability Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
August 2015 – Present
Chicago, IL, United States

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