Karen Kolmodin MacDonell, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Karen Kolmodin MacDonell, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Science. She received her M.S. in general psychology from DePaul University before obtaining her Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago in developmental psychology with a concentration in applied statistics. Over the course of her career, Dr. Kolmodin MacDonell has worked on multiple NIH-funded projects focused on identifying and reducing health disparities. Her recent work has incorporated mobile health (mHealth) approaches for both assessment and intervention, including the Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project, a technology-based intervention to improve adherence to medication in African American young adults with asthma. She also works to train providers to utilize motivational interviewing in adolescent HIV clinics to promote improved HIV self-management in youth.


Current Research Interests Include:

  • Health disparities 
  • Mobile health (mHealth)
  • Motivational interviewing




Website | Email | Phone: 313-577-6996

Research Areas: Health Disparities, eHealth Interventions, Health Communication,

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