Heather Fritz

Heather Fritz

Title

Assistant Professor

Department

Occupational Therapy

Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2204

Phone

313-577-9499

Email

heather.fritz@wayne.edu

Appointments

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

 

NIA R15AG063087
Role: PI 01/15/2020 – 12/31/2022 $300,000
Title: DO TELL-Digitized Stories to Bridge the Gap Between Patients and Providers Perceptions of Disease Self-management Challenges
Goal: To develop a digitized collection of stories that reflect the most salient issue that older adults face with managing comorbidity, and that lie at the intersection of aging and race. Videos will be piloted as a potential teaching tool with medical students.

 

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

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Healthcare Sciences, Faculty Research Enhancement Award
Role: PI 4/1/19-3/30-2020 $10,000
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition
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 Competitive Postdoctoral Fellow Competition
Role: PI 5/18/19-5/17/2021 $60,000
The award provides matching funds to support a postdoctoral fellow to study with the PI for two years.

American Cancer Society: IRG #14-238-04-IRG
Role: PI 5/1/2018-4/30/2021 $29,950
Title: Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors During the Survivorship Transition
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
Role: PI 3/1/2018-2/29/2020 $256,076
Title: Frailty Prevention in Older African Americans
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, PI: Goodman
Role: Co-I 5/1/2018-4/31/2020 $79,846
Title: Feasibility of the Nursing Home Checklist Mobile Application
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

 

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

  • NIH bibliography
  • Google Scholar
  •  1. *Hu, Yi-Ling., Patel, P., Fritz, H. (in press). Detecting Prefrailty: Comparing subjective frailty assessment and the Paulson-Lichtenberg Frailty Index. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.
  • 2. Jessen-Winge, C., Ilvig, P., Jonsson, H., Fritz, H., Lee, K., & Reffstrup Christensen, J. (in press). Obesity intervention: A role for occupational therapists? Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • 3. Fritz, H., Hu, Y., Tarraf, W., Patel, P. (2019). Feasibility of a habit formation intervention to delay frailty progression among older African Americans: A pilot study. The Gerontologist.
  • 4. Fritz, H., Hu, L., Gahman, K., Almacen, C., Ottolini, J. (2019). Intervention to modify habits: A scoping review. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.
  • 5. Zilioli, S. Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Lawrence, S. A., & Cutchin, M. P. (2019). Socioeconomic status, ecologically assessed social activities, and daily cortisol among older urban African Americans. Journal of Aging and Health. Early online. doi: 10.1177/0898264319856481
  • 6. Fritz, H., Cutchin, M., Gharib, J., Haryadi, N., Patel, M., & Patel, N. (2019). Neighborhood Characteristics and Frailty: A Scoping Review. The Gerontologist. Early online. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz072.
  • 7. Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Brody, A & Levy, P. (2019). Feasibility of a behavioral automaticity intervention among African Americans with metabolic syndrome. BMC Public Health, 19, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6675-7
  • 8. 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. 73(3), 1-12. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.030585.
  • 9. 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. E108-e119. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gby019.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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, 35(1). 43-50. doi:10.2337/cd15-0030
  • 18. 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, 16(22). 1-7. doi:10.1186/s12914-016-0097-8
  • 19. Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Integrating the science of habit: Opportunities for occupational therapy. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 36(2), 92-98.10.1177/1539449216643307
  • 20. 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, 41(6), 748-754. doi:10.1177/0145721715607356
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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
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