Marc Zimmerman, PhD
  • Director, Prevention Research Center
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Biography

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.

Publications

Aiyer, S. M., Heinze, J. E., Miller, A. L., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Exposure to Violence Predicting Cortisol Response During Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Understanding Moderating Factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(7), 1066–1079. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0097-8
Aiyer, S. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Reischl, T. M. (2015). From Broken Windows to Busy Streets A Community Empowerment Perspective. Health Education & Behavior, 42(2), 137–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198114558590
Assari, S., Moghani Lankarani, M., Malekahmadi, M. R., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Baseline religion involvement predicts subsequent salivary cortisol levels among male but not female Black youth. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 13(4). https://doi.org/10.5812/ijem.31790
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Sex differences in the association between testosterone and violent behaviors. Trauma Monthly, 19(3), e18040. https://doi.org/10.5812/traumamon.18040
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Low parental support in late adolescence predicts obesity in young adulthood; Gender differences in a 12-year cohort of African Americans. Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, 14, 47. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40200-015-0176-8
Assari, S., Moghani Lankarani, M., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. (2015). Anxiety Symptoms During Adolescence Predicts Salivary Cortisol in Early Adulthood Among Blacks; Sex differences. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 13(4), e18041. https://doi.org/10.5812/ijem.18041
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2017). Depressive Symptoms During Adolescence Predict Adulthood Obesity Among Black Females. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-017-0422-5
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Perceived Neighborhood Safety During Adolescence Predicts Subsequent Deterioration of Subjective Health Two Decades Later; Gender Differences in a Racially-Diverse Sample. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 6(1), 117. https://doi.org/10.4103/2008-7802.170431
Assari, S., Moghani Lankarani, M., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2016). Fear of Neighborhood Violence During Adolescence Predicts Development of Obesity a Decade Later: Gender Differences Among African Americans. Archives of Trauma Research, 5(2), e31475. https://doi.org/10.5812/atr.31475
Assari, S., Moazen-Zadeh, E., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2017). Racial Discrimination during Adolescence Predicts Mental Health Deterioration in Adulthood: Gender Differences among Blacks. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 104. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00104
Assari, S., Smith, J. R., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Gender Differences in Longitudinal Links between Neighborhood Fear, Parental Support, and Depression among African American Emerging Adults. Societies, 5(1), 151–170. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc5010151
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Family Structure and Subsequent Anxiety Symptoms; Minorities’ Diminished Return. Brain Sciences, 8(6). https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci8060097
Assari, S., Smith, J. L., Zimmerman, M. A., & Bazargan, M. (2019). Cigarette Smoking among Economically Disadvantaged African-American Older Adults in South Los Angeles: Gender Differences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(7). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16071208
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., Abelson, J. L., & Zimmerman, M. (2019). Violence Victimization Predicts Body Mass Index One Decade Later among an Urban Sample of African American Young Adults: Sex as a Moderator and Dehydroepiandrosterone as a Mediator. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 96(4), 632–643. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-019-00360-6
Assari, S., Mistry, R., Lee, D. B., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Perceived Racial Discrimination and Marijuana Use a Decade Later; Gender Differences Among Black Youth. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2019.00078
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Depressive Symptoms During Adolescence Predict Adulthood Obesity Among Black Females. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5(4), 774–781. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-017-0422-5
Assari, S., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Family Structure and Subsequent Anxiety Symptoms; Minorities’ Diminished Return. Brain Sciences, 8(6), 97. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci8060097
Assari, S., Smith, J. L., Zimmerman, M. A., & Bazargan, M. (2019). Cigarette Smoking among Economically Disadvantaged African-American Older Adults in South Los Angeles: Gender Differences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(7), 1208. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16071208
Barnett, T. E., Rowley, S., Zimmerman, M. A., Vansadia, P., & Caldwell, C. (2011). A longitudinal study of household change on African American adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(3), 303–315. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.20434
Bauermeister, J. A., Johns, M. M., Pingel, E., Eisenberg, A., Santana, M. L., & Zimmerman, M. (2011). Measuring Love: Sexual Minority Male Youths’ Ideal Romantic Characteristics. J LGBT Issues Couns, 5(2), 102–121. https://doi.org/10.1080/15538605.2011.574573
Bauermeister, J. A., Pingel, E., Zimmerman, M., Couper, M., Carballo-Diaguez, A., & Strecher, V. J. (2012). Data quality in HIV/AIDS web-based surveys: Handling invalid and suspicious data. Field Methods, 24(3), 272–291. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X12443097
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Johns, M. M., Glowacki, P., Stoddard, S., & Volz, E. (2012). Innovative recruitment using online networks: lessons learned from an online study of alcohol and other drug use utilizing a web-based, Respondent-Driven Sampling (webRDS) strategy. J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 73(5), 834–838. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2012.73.834
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Barnett, T. E., & Caldwell, C. H. (2007). Working in high school and adaptation in the transition to young adulthood among African American youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36(7), 877–890. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2008-01926-003&site=ehost-live
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., & Caldwell, C. H. (2011). Neighborhood disadvantage and changes in condom use among African American adolescents. J Urban Health, 88(1), 66–83. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-010-9506-9
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Caldwell, C. H., Xue, Y., & Gee, G. C. (2010). What predicts sex partners’ age differences among African American youth? A longitudinal study from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Sex Research, 47(4), 330–344. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224490903015850
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Xue, Y., Gee, G. C., & Caldwell, C. H. (2009). Working, sex partner age differences, and sexual behavior among African American youth. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(5), 802–813.
Bauermeister, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Gee, G. C., Caldwell, C., & Xue, Y. (2009). Work and Sexual Trajectories Among African American Youth. Journal of Sex Research, 46(1), 1–11.
Bernat, D. H., Gerend, M. A., Chevallier, K., Zimmerman, M. A., & Bauermeister, J. A. (2014). Characteristics associated with initiation of the human papillomavirus vaccine among a national sample of male and female young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(5), 630–636. Retrieved from http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2013-37102-005&site=ehost-live&scope=site debra.bernat@gmail.com
Bohnert, K. M., Walton, M. A., Resko, S., Barry, K. T., Chermack, S. T., Zucker, R. A., … Blow, F. C. (2014). Latent class analysis of substance use among adolescents presenting to urban primary care clinics. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, 40(1), 44–50. https://doi.org/10.3109/00952990.2013.844821
Bohnert, K. M., Walton, M. A., Ranney, M., Bonar, E. E., Blow, F. C., Zimmerman, M. A., … Cunningham, R. M. (2015). Understanding the service needs of assault-injured, drug-using youth presenting for care in an urban Emergency Department. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 97–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.019
Bonar, E. E., Walton, M. A., Epstein-Ngo, Q. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Blow, F. C., & Cunningham, R. M. (2016). Two-Year Trajectories of Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Drug-Using Adolescents and Emerging Adults in an Urban Community. AIDS and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-016-1570-z
Bonar, E. E., Cunningham, R. M., Collins, R. L., Cranford, J. A., Chermack, S. T., Zimmerman, M. A., … Walton, M. A. (2017). Feasibility and acceptability of text messaging to assess daily substance use and sexual behaviors among urban emerging adults. Addiction Research & Theory, 0(0), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2017.1310205
Bonar, E. E., Cunningham, R. M., Collins, R. L., Cranford, J. A., Chermack, S. T., Zimmerman, M. A., … Walton, M. A. (2018). Feasibility and Acceptability of Text Messaging to Assess Daily Substance Use and Sexual Behaviors among Urban Emerging Adults. Addiction Research & Theory, 26(2), 103–113. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2017.1310205
Bonar, E. E., Walton, M. A., Epstein-Ngo, Q. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Blow, F. C., & Cunningham, R. M. (2017). Two-Year Trajectories of Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Drug-Using Adolescents and Emerging Adults in an Urban Community. AIDS and Behavior, 21(7), 2069–2078. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-016-1570-z
Brenner, A. B., Zimmerman, M. A., Bauermeister, J. A., & Caldwell, C. H. (2012). The physiological expression of living in disadvantaged neighborhoods for youth. J Youth Adolesc, 42(6), 792–806. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-012-9838-8
Brenner, A. B., Zimmerman, M. A., Bauermeister, J. A., & Caldwell, C. H. (2013). Neighborhood context and perceptions of stress over time: An ecological model of neighborhood stressors and intrapersonal and interpersonal resources. Am J Community Psychol, 51(3–4), 544–556. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10464-013-9571-9
Brenner, A. B., Bauermeister, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2011). Neighborhood variation in adolescent alcohol use: examination of socioecological and social disorganization theories. J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 72(4), 651–659.
Bryant, A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2003). Role Models and Psychosocial Outcomes Among African American Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 18(1), 36–67.
Burnett-Zeigler, I., Walton, M. A., Ilgen, M., Barry, K. L., Chermack, S. T., Zucker, R. A., … Blow, F. C. (2012). Prevalence and correlates of mental health problems and treatment among adolescents seen in primary care. J Adolesc Health, 50(6), 559–564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.10.005
Butler-Barnes, S. T., Chavous, T. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2011). Exposure to Violence and Achievement Motivation Beliefs: Moderating Roles of Cultural-Ecological Factors. Race and Social Problems, 3(2), 17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-011-9044-4
Buu, A., Li, R., Walton, M. A., Yang, H., Zimmerman, M. A., & Cunningham, R. M. (2014). Changes in substance use-related health risk behaviors on the timeline follow-back interview as a function of length of recall period. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(10), 1259–1269. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2014.891621
Buu, A., Dabrowska, A., Heinze, J. E., Hsieh, H.-F., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Gender differences in the developmental trajectories of multiple substance use and the effect of nicotine and marijuana use on heavy drinking in a high-risk sample. Addictive Behaviors, 50, 6–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.06.015
Buu, A., Massey, L. S., Walton, M. A., Cranford, J. A., Zimmerman, M. A., & Cunningham, R. M. (2017). Assessment methods and schedules for collecting daily process data on substance use related health behaviors: A randomized control study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178, 159–164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.05.003
Buu, A., Yang, S., Li, R., Zimmerman, M. A., Cunningham, R. M., & Walton, M. A. (2020). Examining measurement reactivity in daily diary data on substance use: Results from a randomized experiment. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106198
Caldwell, C. H., Wright, J. C., Zimmerman, M. A., Walsemann, K. M., Williams, D., & Isichei, P. A. (2004). Enhancing adolescent health behaviors through strengthening non-resident father-son relationships: a model for intervention with African-American families. Health Education Research: Theory and Practice, 19(6), 644–656.
Caldwell, C. H., Zimmerman, M. A., & Isichei, P. A. (2001). Forging collaborative partnerships to enhance family health: an assessment of strengths and challenges in conducting community-based research. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 7(2), 1–9.
Caldwell, C. H., Chavous, T. M., Barnett, T. E., Kohn-Wood, L. P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2003). Social determinants of experiences with violence among adolescents: Unpacking the role of race in violence. Phylon, 50, 87–113.
Caldwell, C. H., Kohn-Wood, L. P., Schmeelk-Cone, K. H., Chavous, T. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2004). Racial discrimination and racial identity as risk or protective factors for violent behaviors in African American young adults. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33(1–2), 91–105.
Caldwell, C. H., Zimmerman, M. A., Bernat, D. H., Sellers, R. M., & Notaro, P. C. (2002). Racial identity, maternal support, and psychological distress among African American adolescents. Child Development, 73(4), 1322–1336.
Caldwell, C. H., Sellers, R. M., Bernat, D. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2004). Racial identity, parental support and alcohol use in a sample of academically at-risk African American high school students. American Journal of Community Psychology, 34(1–2), 71–82.