April Idalski Carcone

Dr. Carcone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is a behavioral health researcher with 20 years experience developing, testing, and implementing behavioral interventions with at-risk children and young adults with chronic illnesses, mainly within the context of T1D but also in obesity, asthma, and HIV, on multiple NIH grants. Dr. Carcone is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), the primary network of Motivational Interviewing counselors and trainers. Dr. Carcone’s research has three main foci. First is the study of patient-provider communication in clinical contexts with a specific emphasis on examining the mechanisms of effect in Motivational Interviewing. She co-developed the Minority Youth – Sequential Code for Process Exchanges, or MY-SCOPE, to code the communication behavior of providers and patients within the Motivational Interviewing framework and has used this code scheme to examine clinical communication in weight management, HIV medication adherence, and other clinical contexts. In collaboration with computer science colleagues, Dr. Carcone developed a computer algorithm to automate the MY-SCOPE qualitative coding process as a strategy to accelerate the resource-intensive qualitative coding process. This research was recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2019 with an Abstract Citation Award. Dr. Carcone’s work also includes the development and testing of behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes with an emphasis on pediatric and emerging adults with chronic illnesses, including obesity, type 1 diabetes, asthma, and HIV. And, more recently, the use of implementation science to study the translation of efficacious interventions from academia to the real world. In 2022, Dr. Carcone’s intervention research was recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Diabetes Special Interest Group with an Innovation Award.  

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