Wayne State University
Heather Fritz

Heather Fritz

Heather Fritz

Heather Fritz Ph.D., OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program and the Institute of Gerontology. Heather received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University and her PhD in Occupational Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology before joining the Occupational Therapy Program.

Area of Expertise

Dr. Fritz's research foci are preventing and managing chronic illness, community participation of older adults, and interventions to improve both. She is especially interested in the role of habits and habit modification in health behavior change and translating the principles of habit development into behavioral interventions. Dr. Fritz's work also seeks to understand how older adults with mild cognitive impairment participate in complex urban environments and how community participation impacts their health. Her work is informed by a transactional theoretical perspective with a focus socio-cultural environments and engagement in daily occupations. Her work incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods and she has a commitment to translating scholarship to practice.


Occupational Therapy


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