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Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Administrative Contact


Dr. Melissa DeJonckheere is an adolescent health researcher specializing in qualitative, participatory, and mixed methods research. Her research focuses on psychosocial influences on health and well-being, particularly among adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Dr. DeJonckheere is also interested in improving access to and participation in academic research for youth, students, and trainees who have historically been excluded from science and research experiences.

Dr. DeJonckheere serves on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. Dr. DeJonckheere completed her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she worked on qualitative and mixed methods projects in both the education and health fields. She also serves on the IHPI committee: Workforce Diversity in Healthcare Recruitment and Retention Workgroup.

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
  • Understanding psychosocial factors that influence health and well-being of adolescents
  • Improving self-management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, particularly in youth
  • Using community-based participatory research and participatory methods to engage historically marginalized participants in research
  • Conducting rigorous qualitative and mixed methods research
Department Areas


Advanced Degrees

Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, Educational Studies, Educational and Community Based Action Research, Cincinnati, OH, 2016


  • #MyHealth: Training the Next Generation of Health Scientists through Participatory Research in Adolescent Health, NIH/NIGMS Science Education Partnership Award, Principal Investigator
  • Opportunities to Optimize the Receipt of Preventive Services Among Children with Sickle Cell Anemia: A Mixed Methods Approach, AHRQ, Co-Investigator (PI: Reeves)
  •  Testing a Very Low-Carbohydrate Diet Version of the Diabetes Prevention Program to Reduce Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes, NIH/NIDDK, Co-Investigator (PI: Saslow)