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April Idalski Carcone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Full-time

6135 Woodward
Integrated Biosciences Building (iBio)


Dr. Carcone is an assistant professor in the Behavioral Sciences Division of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Carcone is a social worker by training with over 14 years of experience in behavioral health research. Her research has two foci, understanding the mechanisms by which behavioral interventions work with a specific emphasis on the mechanisms of effect in Motivational Interviewing and the development and testing of behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities among at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic illnesses including type 1 diabetes, asthma, and HIV.


Active research projects:

Effectiveness Trial of an eHealth Intervention to Support Diabetes Care in Minority Youth (NIDDK R01DK110075; Ellis, PI)
The goal of this study is to test the effectiveness of an eHealth intervention to improve parental monitoring in type 1 diabetes.

Automated Coding of eCoaching Exchanges to Promote Healthier Eating (NIDDK R21DK108071; Idalski Carcone & Kotov, MPIs)
The goal of the study is to automate qualitative communication coding using machine-learning computer science technology

Scale it up: Effectiveness-implementation research to enhance HIV-related self-management among youth (NICHD U19HD089875; Stanton, Naar, Parsons, MPIs)
The goal of the study is to improve self-management among high-risk youth living with HIV and those at risk for HIV infection through the identification, implementation, and evaluation of efficacious interventions. I will lead a communication science sub-study as a Co-Investigator on the Implementation Science Core.

Development of an MI Implementation Intervention in Adolescent HIV Care Settings (NIMH R34MH103049; MacDonell & Naar, MPIs)
The goal of this study is to test the implementation of evidence-based patient-provider communication strategies using a Motivational Interviewing (MI) framework.

Patient-Provider Communication to Promote Health Behavior Change in African American Adolescents NIDDK R21DK100760, Idalski Carcone, PI)
The goal of this study is to identify provider communication behaviors that predict motivation for behavior change and are related to changes in weight-related health behaviors.


View Dr. Carcone's publications and current grants here and here.

Manuscripts published in the last 4 years:

1. Ellis, D.A.; Idalski Carcone, A.; Ondersma, S.; Naar-King, S.; Dekelbab, B.; Moltz, K. (2017). Brief Computer-Delivered Intervention to Increase Parental Monitoring in Families of African-American Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Telemedicine and e-Health. doi:10.1089/tmj.2016.0182. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 1.791)

2. Idalski Carcone, A.; Barton, E.; Eggly, S.; Brogan Hartlieb, K.E.; Thominet, L.; Naar, S. (2016). Exploring Ambivalence in Motivational Interviewing with Obese African American Adolescents and Their Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1162–1169. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.02.008 (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 1.791)

3. Jacques-Tiura, AJ.; Idalski Carcone, A; Naar, S; Hartlieb, KB; Albrecht, TL; Barton, E. (2016). Building Motivation in African American Caregivers of Adolescents with Obesity: Application of Sequential Analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw044. PMID: 27246865 (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 2.620)

4. Hasan, M; Kotov, A; Idalski Carcone, A; Dong, M; Naar, S; Hartlieb, KB. (2016). A study of the effectiveness of machine learning methods for classification of clinical interview fragments into a large number of categories. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 62, 21-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2016.05.004. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 2.447)

5. Idalski Carcone, A; Naar-King, S; Eggly, S.; Foster T; Albrecht TL; Brogan KE. (2015). Comparing thin slices of verbal communication behavior of varying number and duration. Patient Education and Counseling;98(2):150-5. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2014.09.008 PubMed PMID: 25441095; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4282937. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 2.232)

6. Idalski Carcone, A; Chen, X; Ellis, D; Naar, S; Cunningham, P; Moltz, K. (2015). Multisystemic Therapy Improves the Patient-Provider Relationship in Families of Adolescents with Poorly Controlled Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-015-9422-y. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 1.085; ISI WOS citations: 1)

7. Naar-King, S; Ellis, D; Idalski Carcone, A; Templin, T; Jacques-Tiura, A; Brogan, KE; Cunningham, P; Jen, KL. (ePub 2015, print 2016). Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) to Construct Weight Loss Interventions for African American Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.971459. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 4.027; ISI WOS citations: 3)

8. Rajkumar, D; Ellis, DA; May, DK; Carcone, A; Naar-King, S; Ondersma, S; Moltz, KC. (2015). Computerized intervention to increase motivation for diabetes self-management in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine; 3(1):236-50. DOI:10.1080/21642850.2015.1079716

9. Zhang, L; Ellis, DA; Naar-King, S; Moltz, K; Idalski Carcone, A; Dekelbab, B. (2015). Effects of socio-demographic factors on parental monitoring, and regimen adherence among adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A moderation analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(1), 176-188. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0215-6. (2015 JCR Impact Factor = 1.802)

10. MacDonell, K; Idalski Carcone, A; Naar-King, S; Gibson-Scipio, W; Lam, P. (2014) African American emerging adults’ perspectives on taking asthma controller medication: Adherence in the “age of feeling in-between”. Journal of Adolescent Research. doi: 10.1177/0743558414561299. (2014 JCR Impact Factor = 1.455)

11. Idalski Carcone, A; Ellis, DA; Naar-King, S; Ondersma, S; Moltz, K; Dekelbab, B; Joseph, C. (2014). Enhancing parental motivation to monitor African American adolescents’ diabetes care: Development and beta test of a brief computer-delivered intervention. JMIR Research Protocols, 3(3), e43. doi: 10.2196/resprot.3220 PubMed PMID: 25236503; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4180328.

12. Idalski Carcone, A, Naar-King, S, Brogan, K, Albrecht, T, Barton, E, Foster, T, Martin, T; Marshall, S. (2013). Provider communication behaviors that predict motivation to change in black adolescents with obesity. Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(8), 599-608. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182a67daf. (2014 JCR Impact Factor = 2.353; ISI WOS citations: 11)

13. Bruzzese, J; Idalski Carcone, A; Lam, P; Ellis, D; Naar-King, S. (2013). Adherence to asthma medication regimens in urban African American adolescents: Application of Self-Determination Theory. Health Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0033510. (2013 JCR Impact Factor = 3.954; ISI WOS citations: 2)

14. Brisbois, K.*; Kernsmith, P.; Idalski Carcone, A. (2013). The relationship between caseworker attitudes about kinship care and removal decisions. Journal of Family Social Work. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2013.832459


Pateint-provider communication

Motivational interviewing

Intervention development

Intervention testing

Chronic illness


Emerging adults


Education Training

Courses Taught over the Last 2 Years

PSY4990 Directed Study

PSY 4998 Senior Thesis

FPH 7230 Health Program Evaluation



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997
B.A. in Sociology, Certificate in Social Inequality


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000
M.S.W. in Social Policy and Program Evaluation with Children and Youth

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2010
Ph.D. in Social Work

Faculty Appointments

July 2010 - Adjunct Faculty in Social Work, Wayne State University, School of Social Work

September 2010 -  January 2016 Assistant Professor (research track), Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Wayne State University, School of Medicine

January 2016 - Assistant Professor (research track), Behavioral Sciences, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University, School of Medicine