April Carcone


Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor - Research

Administrative Title

Assistant Professor, Full-time

Office Address

6135 Woodward
Integrated Biosciences Building (iBio)

Office Phone



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.

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


Pateint-provider communication

Motivational interviewing

Intervention development

Intervention testing

Chronic illness


Emerging adults



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

Research Description

Behavioral science and the science of behavior change, patient-provider communication, children, adolescents and young adults, Motivational Interviewing, chronic illness

Affiliated Departments