Dr. Zimmerman is the Director of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and the CDC-funded Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Zimmerman’s research focuses on health and resiliency of adolescents, and on empowerment theory. His work on adolescent health examines how positive factors in adolescents’ lives help them overcome risks they face. His research includes analysis of adolescent resiliency for risks associated with alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, precocious sexual behavior, and school failure. He is also studying developmental transitions and longitudinal models of change. Dr. Zimmerman’s work on empowerment theory includes measurement and analysis of psychological and community empowerment. The research includes both longitudinal interview studies and community intervention research. Dr. Zimmerman is the Editor of Youth and Society, a member of the editorial board for Health Education Research, and member of the Editor Emerita of Health Education and Behavior.
Dr. Eisman’s research focuses on adolescent and emerging adult health, substance use and violence prevention, socioecological and strength-based theoretical frameworks, intervention research in community settings and quantitative methodology.
Dr. Heinze’s primary research interests include belonging motivation and developmental transitions in adolescence and emerging adulthood. He is also interested in the formation of social judgments that lead to social exclusion/ostracism or prejudicial behavior, and how valence in social climate affects individuals’ mental and physical health.
Dr. Hsieh is a Research Investigator in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is also the Project Director for the Flint Adolescent Study. Dr. Hsieh’s primary research interests include adolescent resiliency and health disparity, with the focus on substance use and other health behaviors related to cancer or cancer prevention. She is also interested in the longitudinal and cross-domain relations among individual and social ecological factors of risk behaviors in adolescence to adulthood.
Dr. Miller is a developmental psychologist who studies risk and resilience in children and families. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) in the UM School of Public Health. She was previously in the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Family Psychiatry) at Brown Medical School. She is affiliated with Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development, where she directs the Clinical-Community Interventions Group and is a member of the Obesity Research Group.
Dr. Reischl’s research interests focus on the development and the evaluation of community-based public health programs, violence prevention programs, family support programs, and consumer-controlled (self/mutual help) programs. He is interested in conducting process and outcome evaluation studies that are collaborative, responsive, and client-centered.
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.
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.
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.
Alison Grodzinski is the Managing Director for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan. She has worked with the PRC since 2007 and has participated as an active member of the research team for several projects including Partners In Research, Speak to Your Health! Community Survey, the Virtual Networks Study, and Michigan YVPC and HOPE. Prior to joining the PRC, Ms. Grodzinski was a health sciences librarian, working in academic research centers to support faculty and student research through training, collections management and dissemination. Ms. Grodzinski holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.
Mary Cunningham works as a project manager on multiple research projects relating to school safety and positive youth development including Badges for Baseball, School Safety and High School Transition, Addressing Mental Health and School Safety, Know the Signs Program Evaluation – LAUSD, and Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Evaluation – Miami Dade. Her research interests include race-based disparities, program evaluation, youth development, and school safety. Prior to working at the PRC, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Philadelphia and as a data assistant at an executive search firm. She holds her MHS in Social Factors and Health from the department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Susan Franzen has worked with the evaluation core for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan since 2003. Her efforts have focused on conducting community-based evaluations for university projects, coalitions, and foundations. She is presently engaged in the evaluations of the HOPE project, YES, and MI-YVPC. Ms. Franzen holds a Master of Science in Health Education from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Dana Greene provides project management support to evaluations of school and community-based interventions for substance use and violence. His primary research interests include youth empowerment, violence prevention, community engagement, and racial disparities. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he graduated with his bachelors in Sociology and his MPH in Health Behavior Health Education.
Pete Hutchison is the Program Director for the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES). Mr. Hutchison was a part of designing and implementing the original YES program and has been involved in the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC), since its inception. He has been involved in numerous community based initiatives in Genesee County since retiring from Genesee County Probate Court. He has also been involved in youth violence prevention in Flint since 1973.
Laney Rupp provides project management support to evaluations of school and community-based interventions for violence and substance use. She is interested in community-engaged greening and revitalization as a tool for community-empowerment and violence prevention. She specializes in qualitative methods to examine the implementation and outcomes of interventions to promote health and reduce violence, including sexual violence and firearm violence. Prior to her work with PRC, she served as an AmeriCorps member and managed volunteer engagement programs in Santa Cruz County, California. She holds her MPH in Heath Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies from Scripps College.
Ardele Stewart provides administrative support for the staff at the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and is responsible for setting up the Center’s contracts with community partners. Over the course of her career at the University of Michigan, Ms. Stewart has had the opportunity to provide administrative support to programs related to educational opportunities for youth and community service learning for undergraduates.
Rebeccah Sokol completed her doctorate in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Through her graduate studies and predoctoral fellowship with the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, Dr. Sokol developed expertise in longitudinal and latent variable data analysis. She applies these techniques to her present research focus area—identifying changeable factors that can improve the health and well-being of children who have faced early adversity, specifically children involved in the child welfare system.
Elyse is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior Health Education Department at the University of Michigan. Elyse received her master’s from Duke University in Global Health, and a dual BA in Psychology and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research and work background in early childhood and adolescent development in the United States, Kenya and Sierra Leone led to her interest in working with the PRC. She is involved in PRC research projects on adolescent violence exposure, sexual health, and community development through environmental design.