Mary Dereski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies and CAPSTONE Program Director

Mary Dereski

Dr. Dereski joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in September 2012 as an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the CAPSTONE Program. As CAPSTONE Program Director, she engages with medical students in all stages of their research initiatives throughout their four years of medical school.

Before arriving at the OUWB School of Medicine, Dr. Dereski was an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She held a second appointment at Wayne State University as the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement in the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. At Wayne State University, she successfully built community-based public health programs that received local and national recognition.

Dr. Dereski’s research interests involve integrating active learning into medical student education. More recently, she has been involved in optimizing patient-centered outcomes and working with doctors to address difficulties that individuals on the autism spectrum have navigating the health care system.

Contact Information:

Office: 462 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3666


Community-based public health programs, environmental health in urban communities, pathological disease processes


Ph.D., Experimental Pathology, (Minors in Physiology and Pharmacology) Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

B.S., Medical Technology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Research Interests:

Active learning integration into the classroom, social media integration into the classroom, patient-centered outcomes, community engagement, medical student scholarly research