Child Health & Well Being


The Child Health and Well Being interdisciplinary graduate group intends to harness the increased interest in research, training, and practice in children’s health and well being that exists at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD): Specifically, this includes disciplines with the following graduate programs at UMD: Social Work, Psychology, Health Physical Education and Recreation, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Medicine, Biobehavioral Health, and Education. Additional interdisciplinary group membership will consist of graduate faculty from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS). Faculty from CSS represent disciplines for which training programs are not available at UMD (occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing) but whose expertise are integral when considering the “whole” perspective of services supportive of children’s health and well being. Several graduate-level programs for future practitioners and scholars in disciplines relevant to children’s health and well-being have been established and enhanced.

Faculty from across disciplines know of the value of interdisciplinary training and research activities for graduate students and programs, but have limited mechanisms available to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Interdisciplinary Group of Child Health and Well Being will be launched with a symposium. The proposed symposium would feature a nationally known keynote speaker to stimulate thinking through use of an interdisciplinary lens, issues related to the mental and physical health of children, and implications for our region of the state.


The primary contact for this group is Mary Ann Marchel (Department of Education). 





Mustafa A'labsi

Medical School

Lynette Carlson

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Priscilla Day

Social Work

Kathy Dowell


Julie Ernst

Health and Physical Educational Recreation

Sally Fauchald

Nursing-College of St. Scholastica

Nancy Gabres

Occupational Therapy-College of St. Scholastica

Lynn Haglin

Northland Foundation-Duluth

Molly Harney


Marlys Johnson

Liscensed Psychologist-Head Start Mental Health Specialist

Casey Ladd

Licsnesed Clinical Social Worker-Human Development Center

Fay Maas


Mary Ann Marchel


Catherine Miller

Nursing College of St. Scholastica

Jaqueline Onchwari


Deidre Quinlan

Liscensed Clinical Social Worker-Duluth Public Schools

Melissa Walls

Biobehavioral Health and Population

Heather Winesett

Pediatrician-St. Luke's Hospital

Denise Wise

Physical Therapy-College of St. Scholastica