Heather Fritz

Heather Fritz

Title

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2204

Phone

313-577-9499

Email

heather.fritz@wayne.edu

Appointments

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology

Heather Fritz

Degrees and Certifications

Degrees

Ph.D. in Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
M.S.O.T., Winston Salem State University, 2007

Certifications

Certified Health Coach, National Society of Health Coaches, 2014
Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Michigan, 2013

Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowship, Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 2013-2015
 

 

 

Awards and Honors

CURRENTLY FUNDED PROJECTS

 

Karmanos Cancer Institute Intervention Working group Pilot Award
Role: PI $4,600
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition: 4/1/19-3/30-2020
Goal: The award provides funds for activity tracking technologies to be used in a funded study (IRG #14-238-04-IRG)

 

Wayne State University Competitive Postdoctoral fellow Competition
Role: PI $60,000
The award provides matching funds to support a postdoctoral fellow to study with the PI for two years. 5/18/19-5/17/2021

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Healthcare Sciences, Faculty Research Enhancement Award
Role: PI $10,000
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition: 4/1/19-3/30-2020
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.

American Cancer Society: IRG #14-238-04-IRG
Role: PI $29,950
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition: 5/1/2018-4/30/2021
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.

Wayne State University, University Research Grant
Role: PI $10,000
Title: The Frailty Prevention Program: 6/1/2017-5/31/2019
Goal: To evaluate the feasibility of an occupational therapy based frailty prevention program among community-dwelling, pre-frail African Americans.


Michigan Health Endowment Fund: R-1707-141644
Role: PI $256,076
Title: Frailty Prevention in Older African Americans; 3/1/2018-2/29/2020
Goal: To determine the feasibility and 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
PI: Allen Role: Co-I
Title: Second Year 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

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation $75,000
PI: Kumar Role: Co-I
Title: Chest Pain Assessment and Follow up Reinforcement in the Emergency Room (CARE); 6/1/2017-5/31/2019
Goal: To evaluate the efficacy of a brief motivational interviewing intervention on adherence to Emergency room discharge recommendations for low risk chest pain patients

 

Professional Memberships

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)

Recent Publications

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/heather.fritz.2/bibliography/48373402/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LwTjQCcAAAAJ&hl=en

 

1. Fritz, H., Cutchin, M., Gharib, J., Haryadi, N., Patel, M., & Patel, N. (Accepted). Neighborhood Characteristics and Frailty: A Scoping Review. The Gerontologist.

 

2. Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Brody, A & Levy, P. (2019). Feasibility of a Behavioral Automaticity Intervention Among African Americans with Metabolic Syndrome. BMC Public Health.

3. Fritz, H., Seidarabi, S., Barbour, R., & Vonbehren, A. (2019). Occupational therapy intervention to improve outcomes among frail older adults: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 Communications, 7, 166-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2017.06.009

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

12. 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

13. 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

14. Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Integrating the science of habit: Opportunities for occupational therapy. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 10.1177/1539449216643307

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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.

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

 

Research website

https://researchconnect.wayne.edu/en/persons/heather-fritz