Jeanne Barcelona, Ph.D.
Curriculum Research, Development & Evaluation Specialist
Jeanne Barcelona, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University. She started her career as an elementary school teacher in an urban setting where she was drawn to unconventional pedagogical strategies of incorporating physical activity into the core curriculum content she taught. After five years in the classroom setting, Dr. Barcelona transitioned into an assistant principal role where she focused on curriculum advancement as well as providing professional development to classroom educators on best practices for differentiating instruction based on the needs of the individual learner. The health disparities in schools was something Dr. Barcelona had the opportunity to witness firsthand which motivated her to pursue her doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Today, Dr. Barcelona’s research explores the intersection of physical, emotional and cognitive health in children. Specifically, Dr. Barcelona works within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model and is dedicated to optimizing students’ cognitive performance through consideration of their physical, mental and social needs.