EACPHS, Room 2204
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology
Degrees and Certifications
Ph.D. in Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
M.S.O.T., Winston Salem State University, 2007
Certified Health Coach, National Society of Health Coaches, 2014
Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Michigan, 2013
Postdoctoral fellowship, Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 2013-2015
Awards and Honors
CURRENTLY FUNDED PROJECTS
American Cancer Society: IRG #14-238-04-IRG $29,950
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition: 5/1/2018-4/30/2019
Goal: To evaluate the feasibility of a combined rehabilitative and lifestyle behavior changed approach for meeting physical unmet needs and improving metabolic syndrome risk factors among rural breast cancer survivors during the survivorship transition.
Michigan Health Endowment Fund: R-1707-141644 $256,076
Title: Frailty Prevention in Older African Americans; 3/1/2018-2/29/2020
Goal: To evaluate the feasibility and to determine preliminary outcomes of an occupational therapy based frailty prevention program among community-dwelling, pre-frail African Americans.
Michigan Health Endowment Fund: R-1712-142406 $79,846
Title: Development of the Nursing Home Checklist: 5/1/2018-4/31/2019
Goal: To develop and pilot test a mobile application to be used by skilled nursing home staff and patients/patient agents to improve nursing home care quality
American Public Health Association
National Society of Health Coaches
American Gerontological Association
Society for the Study of Occupation: USA
American Occupational Therapy Association
Primary Research Interest
Chronic condition prevention and management (theory, intervention research)
Occupational science (theory, habits, environments and health)
Aging (neighborhood environments and health, clinical practice)
Fritz, H., Seidarabi, S., Barbour, R., & Vonbehren, A. (2018). Occupational therapy intervention to improve outcomes among frail older adults: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Fritz, H., Cutchin, M. P., & Cummins, E. R. (2018). Loss of trust in the neighborhood: The experience of older African Americans in Detroit. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
Fritz, H., Patzer, D., & Galen, S. S. (2017). Robotic exoskeletons for reengaging in everyday activities: Promises, pitfalls, and opportunities. Disability and Rehabilitation, 7, 1-4. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1398786.
Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). The transactional perspective and health behavior: A role for occupational science in population health improvement, Journal of Occupational Science, 24(4), 446-457.
Fritz, H., Brody, A., & Levy, P. (2017). Assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and potential effectiveness of a behavioral-automaticity focused lifestyle intervention for African Americans with metabolic syndrome: The pick two to stick to protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 7, 166-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2017.06.009
Boon Peng, N., Jensen, G., & Fritz, H., (2017). Effects of Medicare coverage of a “Welcome to Medicare” visit on use of preventative services among new Medicare Enrolees. Journal of Aging Research. 2017, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2074810
Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Fritz, H., Booza, J. C., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Brief report: Neighborhood disadvantage and hair cortisol among older urban African Americans.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 80, 36-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.02.026
Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Changing neighborhoods and occupations: Experiences of older African-Americans in Detroit. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, doi:10.1080/14427591.2016.1269296
Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., & Saleh, D., Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Using a smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment protocol with community dwelling older African-Americans. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72, 886-887 doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw166.
DiZazzo-Miller, R., Pociask, F., Bertran, E., Fritz, H., Arnetz, J., Tarakji, S., Lysack, C., & Jaber, L. (2016). Diabetes is devastating and insulin is a death sentence: Provider perspectives of diabetes self-management in Arab American patients. Clinical Diabetes. doi:10.2337/cd15-0030
Fritz, H., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Bertran, E., Pociask, F., Tarakji, S., Arnetz, J., Lysack, C., & Jaber, L. (2016). Diabetes self-management among Arab Americans: Patient and provider perspectives. BMC International Health and Human Rights. doi:10.1186/s12914-016-0097-8
Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Integrating the science of habit: Opportunities for occupational therapy. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 10.1177/1539449216643307
Bertran, E., Fritz, H., Abbas, M., Arnetz, J., Lysack, C., Pociask, F., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Tarakji, S., & Jaber, L. (2015). The Impact of Arab American Culture on Diabetes Self-Management Education. The Diabetes Educator, Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0145721715607356
Murphy, S., Lyden, A., Fritz, H., Kratz, A., Williams, D., Clauw, D., Gammaitoni, A., & Phillips, K. (2015). The nature of pain flares in a sample of patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Research and Care, 67(8), 1103-1111. doi: 10.1002/acr.22545
Fritz, H., Dillaway, H., & Lysack, C. (2015). “Don’t think paralysis takes away your womanhood”: Sexual intimacy after SCI. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(2), 1-10. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015040
Fritz, H., Lysack, C., Luborsky, M., & Messinger, S. (2014). Long-term community reintegration: Concepts, outcomes, and dilemmas in the case of a military service member with a spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(16),1501-1507. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.967415
Fritz, H. (2014). Challenges to developing diabetes self-management skills in a low income sample in North Carolina, U.S. A. Health and Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12172.
Fritz, H. (2014). Learning to do better: The transactional model of diabetes self-management integration. Qualitative Health Research, 25(7), 875-886. doi: 10.1177/1049732314552453
Fritz, H., & Lysack, C. (2014). “I see it now”: Using photo elicitation to understand chronic illness self-management. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(4), 247-255. doi:10.1177/0008417414540517
Fritz, H. (2014). The influence of routines on engagement in diabetes self-management. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 21(3), 232-240. doi: 10.1177/0008417414540517
Fritz, H. (2012). Insights into the function of habit in the occupation of improvisational theater. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(2), 161-172. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2012.724352