Welcome to our new PRC scholars

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We are pleased to welcome our new scholars to the PRC team. Dr. Wu joins us from Taiwan as a visiting scholar to learn more about community and adolescent research in the United States. Dr. Schmidt is continuing as a post-doctoral fellow after recently completing her doctorate in HBHE. We are also joined by Elyse Thulin, a new doctoral student in HBHE, working with Dr. Zimmerman on youth violence prevention.

Photo of Carissa Schmidt, PhDCarissa Schmidt, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Schmidt is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) consortium. She received her doctorate from the department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research is on adolescent health and resiliency, with a focus on understanding factors across social ecological levels that help prevent youth violence and substance use.



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Wen-chi Wu, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Wu is an associate professor in the School of Health Management at Kainan University in Taiwan. She is also a visiting scholar sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. Her research focuses on the etiology and prevention of health behaviors among children and adolescents. She examines the development and related factors of depression, bullying, eating, exercising and substance use. Regarding prevention efforts, she develops and evaluates the intervention strategies, e.g. board games, or curriculums, to change knowledge, attitude, and behaviors in childhood and adolescence.


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Elyse Thulin, MS

Doctoral Student

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.