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Karen MacDonnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Full-time
(313) 577-6996

iBio Integrative Biosciences Center
6135 Woodward
Behavioral Health H206
Detroit, MI 48202


Karen Kolmodin MacDonell, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral Science with a background in developmental psychology. She has worked on multiple NIH-funded projects focused on identifying and reducing health disparities. Her recent work has included 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 with Dr. Naar to train providers to utilize Motivational Interviewing in adolescent HIV clinics to promote improved HIV self-management in youth. Dr. MacDonell is a current member of the Office of Minority Health Resource Persons Network, the Wayne State “B3” Institutional Review Board, and the Academic Senate.


Dr. MacDonell's publications and current grants coming soon.

Education Training

Courses Taught over the Last 2 Years

Small group interactive instruction: monthly pediatric resident education during psychology rotation (topics: emerging adulthood, promoting medication and regimen adherence, transitions in care)

Advisor, MPH Student Research Project (FPH 8990)


Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 2002 – 2006
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
Concentration in Applied Statistics

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois 2000 – 2002
M.S. in General Psychology

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 1994 – 1998
B.A. in Psychology

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 2006 – 2007
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology