Wayne State University

Current Programs

Air Quality, Health & Learning in School Buildings – Cheryl Somers, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation of the effects of air quality in K-12 schools on the health and academic performance of schoolchildren.

Email: c.somers@wayne.edu

 
Art Therapy of Detroit – Holly Feen-Calligan, Ph.D.

Description: Art therapy programs aimed at children and adults that facilitate health, creativity, self-expression, and personal growth with a person-centered approach.

Email: hfeen@wayne.edu

 

Brilliant Detroit – Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D., Erin Centeio, Ph.D. and Kristen Kaszeta, M.A.

Description: Seeks to enhance physical activity opportunities, healthy eating practices, and overall well being in Detroit families with children from 0 to 8 years of age.  The project partners with Brilliant Detroit and other community health agencies to provide health programming to Detroit  families within walking distance of their homes.

Email: eguyton@med.wayne.edu

 
Building Healthy Communities – Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D., Erin Centeio, Ph.D. and Kristen Kaszeta, M.A.

Description: A comprehensive, healthy school transformation program reaching elementary and middle schools across Michigan to improve the physical activity, nutrition, and academic achievement of Michigan children.

Email: kristen.kaszeta@wayne.edu

 
Chicago Public Schools Health Education Initiative – Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D.c

Description: Engages schools to provide health education and essential health services to all students grades PreK-12. Focuses on effective implementation of the project among school staff for district-wide dissemination.

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 
Community Health Career Pipeline – Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: A coordinated, multi-partner program that connects Detroit youth with nutrition and food access initiatives as a pipeline to university degree and career programs.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 
Creating Connections – Erika Bocknek, Ph.D.

Description: Seeks to improve and enhance early parent-child bonding and parent competence as a means to support development in the critical early years. The project follows the Happiest Baby on the Block parenting program and Little Steps early literacy program.

Email: erika.bocknek@wayne.edu

 
Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out – Erin Centeio, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support the yoga, nutrition, and social development formula of Work it Out with children and families throughout Detroit and its metropolitan communities.

Email: erin.centeio@wayne.edu

 
Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative – Mariane Fahlman, Ph.D.

Description: Nutrition education and food access programs throughout Detroit high schools to increase healthy eating and healthy food access.

Email: aa1673@wayne.edu

 
Drew Farm Detroit - Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support Detroit Schools Community District Office of School Nutrition Drew Farms Sixth High Tunnel for gardening, nutrition and science education for children, parents, teachers and community members.

programs at Henry Ford Health System that assist overweight youth with healthy living strategies and healthy weight management.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 

Double Up Food Bucks – Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D.c

Description: Research and evaluation to support programs at more than 150 Michigan sites that make it easier for low-income Americans to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables while supporting farmers and local growing economies.

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 
Let's Get Healthy – Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support programs at Henry Ford Health System that assist overweight youth with healthy living strategies and healthy weight management.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 
Recovery Communities – Francesca Pernice-Duca, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support clubhouse recovery communities for people living with persistent and chronic mental illness and their families.

Email: Perniceduca@wayne.edu

 
Starting Small – Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Programs and evaluation that collaborate with Early Care and Education centers to enhance healthy eating and physical activity opportunities, policies and practices.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 
Volunteers, Administrators & Coaches Training Program – Ron Simpkins, Research Associate

Description: An array of programs for Detroit-based youth, families, and sport and recreation professionals focused on physical activity, healthy eating, personal and social development, technology, sport leadership, and career development.

Email: ae1590@wayne.edu

 
Youth and Seniors to the Markets – Kari Woloszyk, MPH

Description: Programs that provide nutrition education to high school youth and seniors in Detroit, while connecting them with neighborhood farmer's markets and food access initiatives.

Email: kari.woloszyk@wayne.edu