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Rebecca Cunningham, MD

  • Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • Director, Injury Center
  • Associate Director, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center

Dr. Cunningham is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and a Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Cunningham, is the Director of the University of Michigan Injury Research Center and co-directs the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Cunningham has a distinguished career in researching intentional injury and substance use prevention, particularly of youth and young adult populations. Her focus on brief interventions in the emergency room has helped position the emergency department as a critical location for public health interventions, specifically for violence. She is currently leading two NIH-funded studies on substance abuse: one focusing on the intersection of youth violence and drug use, and one focusing on underage alcohol misuse and associated injury. Dr. Cunningham concurrently continues her work as a practicing Emergency Department physician at the University of Michigan Health System.

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Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, PhD

  • Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health
  • Co-Associate Director, Program for Research on Black Americans

Dr. Caldwell is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan. She has published in the areas of help-seeking behaviors and informal social supports among African Americans, the Black church as a social service institution, and race-related socialization and academic achievement among African American youth. Dr. Caldwell is the Principal Investigator for the Fathers and Sons Project.

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Sarah Stoddard, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Stoddard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include understanding the interaction between individual factors and social and environmental factors (e.g., neighborhood characteristics), and how together they shape the psychosocial development and health trajectories of at-risk urban youth. In 2013, she was awarded an Early Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the role of neighborhood characteristics on the co-occurrence of alcohol and drug use and violence among youth. In addition, she studies the application of behavioral and ecological approaches to preventing risk behaviors in youth.

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