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Marc Zimmerman, PhD

Marc Zimmerman, PhD

  • Director, Prevention Research Center

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.

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Andria Eisman, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor

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.

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Justin Heinze, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor

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.

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Hsing-Fang Hsieh, PhD

  • Research Investigator

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.

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Alison Miller, PhD

Alison Miller, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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.

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Tom Reischl, PhD

Tom Reischl, PhD

  • Evaluation Director

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.

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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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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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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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Susan Franzen, MS

  • Research Specialist

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.

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Alison Grodzinski

Alison Grodzinski, MLIS

  • Director of Communications

Alison Grodzinski is the Director of Communications 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.

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Pete Hutchison

Pete Hutchison

  • YES Program Director

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.

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Susan Morrel-Samuels

Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH

  • Managing Director

Susan Morrel-Samuels is the Managing Director of Prevention Research Center and the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center.  Ms. Morrel-Samuels has directed numerous violence prevention projects, including evaluations of the Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence and the Neighborhood Violence Prevention Collaborative, and the Flint Photovoice and Youth Against Violence Photovoice projects. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Ms. Morrel-Samuels was a Program Manager and Trainer for Hawaii Healthy Start, a child abuse and neglect prevention program that has been widely replicated throughout the United States.

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Laney Rupp, MPH

  • Research Associate

Laney Rupp provides project management support to various/several research projects/grants including MI-Youth Violence Prevention Center, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, and School Safety. Her research interests include prevention science, healthy adolescent development, and multilevel approaches to adolescent substance abuse prevention. 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.

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Ardele Stewart

  • Senior Secretary

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.

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Daniel Lee, PhD

  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Daniel Lee is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Human Growth and Development. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research examines the relation between race, poverty, and health outcomes (psychological and physiological) in African American youth and young adults using a biopsychosocial frame of reference. He is also interested in understanding the role of individual (e.g., racial identity), interpersonal (e.g., mentorship), and community level (e.g., religious institutions) protective factors in the discrimination-health link. Specifically, he is particularly interested in elucidating the processes by which religious involvement and racial identity promotes resilience in the context of discrimination.

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