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Donna Ferriero, MD, MS

Donna Ferriero, MD, MS

For more than 100 years, our department has distinguished itself in educating the next generation of physicians, delivering excellent clinical care to young patients, and constantly improving treatment options through biomedical research.

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Diana Naranjo, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Info

1500 Owens Street

San Francisco CA 94158

Phone: (415) 514-8537



  • Arizona State University, PhD, child health psychology
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, internship, clinical psychology
  • UCSF, fellowship, Family and Community Medicine, Behavioral Diabetes Research Group


Clinical Expertise

  • Psychosocial support in type 1 diabetes
  • Transition to self care

Research Interests

  • Chronic illness perception in ethnic minority groups
  • Transition to self care

UCSF Program Affiliations

  • Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital


Diana Naranjo, PhD,  is a psychologist at the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She provides behavioral interventions for patients with type 1 diabetes to improve diabetes outcomes, reduce stress and depression and manage chronic disease from a family-centered perspective. She also runs monthly psychosocial groups for young adults with diabetes. Dr. Naranjo speaks English and Spanish and serves as a bicultural provider to Latinos. She is particularly interested in reducing health disparities and improving services for ethnic minority patients and their families.

Dr. Naranjo earned a PhD at Arizona State University with a focus in child health psychology and completed a clinical psychology internship at Boston Children's Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, followed by a fellowship at UCSF in Family and Community Medicine, as part of the Behavioral Diabetes Research Group. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Latino Psychological Association, American Diabetes Association and American Pediatric Association.

Current Research

Dr. Naranjo’s research is focused on understanding cultural risk and resiliency factors that contribute to self-management among patients with type 1 diabetes as they transition to self care.  In addition, she is interested in positive coping strategies in children with chronic illness across ethnic groups throughout childhood and adolescence.  

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 06-06-2016