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Feb 6 / Carrie Leach

IOG Insider: Post-Doctoral Fellow Heather Fritz

What brought Ms. Fritz to the IOG: Heather Fritz completed her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March 2013 before joining the IOG in August 2013. Heather is a Post-Doctoral Research fellow working under the mentorship of Drs. Cathy Lysack and Mark Luborsky and was attracted to the IOG because of the culture of autonomy, scholarship, and collaboration. Heather is also an occupational therapist with expertise in adult and geriatric populations. Heather’s work focuses on addressing the challenges of illness self-management and health promotion in low income and minority population. In particular she is interested in how individuals with diabetes become better self-managers through time, and the role of habits, routines, social and cultural context, and daily occupations in the process.

Hobbies: When Heather is not working on her research she enjoys cycling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a mother of a very handsome Doberman Pincher.

Interesting Facts: Heather initially attended Ohio State as a veterinary medicine major (with agricultural construction as a minor) and later dropped out of Ohio State and started a small landscape design company which she ran for a few years before moving to NC.

Work: Heather has worked some very interesting jobs including: working on the carnival and in food trucks while in high school, as a bus driver while at Ohio State, and as a parking enforcement office (writing parking tickets) while at UNC.

Travel: Heather lived in Monterrey Mexico in 1999 while studying at ITESM and is still (fairly) fluent in conversational Spanish and enjoys all things Latino and Hispanic especially food, music, and dance. She Recently traveled to Denmark and Sweden where she spent time with faculty and PhD students at University of Southern Denmark and Lund University. We may have lost her in the canal had it not been for this sign!!!

heather fritz w sign for blog

To learn more about Heather visit her profile page @ or email her @ heather.fritz@wayne.ed

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