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Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Mixed Methods Program

Administrative Contact


Dr. Melissa DeJonckheere is an adolescent health researcher specializing in qualitative, participatory, and mixed methods research. Her research interests center on psychosocial influences of adolescent health, particularly for youth with diabetes. She has an NIH Career Development Award to explore the psychosocial contexts of diabetes self-management among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. In addition, Dr. DeJonckheere is 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. She is Principal Investigator of MYHealth, a virtual research training program for high school students in southeast Michigan, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Dr. DeJonckheere is also Co-Director of the Mixed Methods Program at the University of Michigan. She teaches qualitative and mixed methods workshops and seminars and collaborates with others using qualitative and mixed methods research in their work. She is a member of the IHPI Early Career Faculty Advisory Committee and served on the IHPI 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


  • Optimizing Use of Advanced Diabetes Technology for Self-Management in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Integration of Real-Time Glucose and Narrative Data, NIH/NIDDK, Principal Investigator
  • #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)