Aysha Lonich has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with training, technical assistance, and programming. Her areas of interest include Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management, suicide prevention, and special education. Prior to joining the PRC, Aysha was a Behavioral Health Threat Consultant at The University of Iowa. Aysha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and a Master of Education degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh.
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 Master’s degree in Social Factors and Health from the department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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. 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.
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.
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 Bachelor’s in Sociology and his MPH in Health Behavior Health Education.
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 promote resilience in the context of discrimination.
Susan Morrel-Samuels is the Managing Director of the 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.
Naomi Pomerantz provides project management support to evaluations of schools. She has experience working on a variety of projects related to school safety, positive youth development, and violence prevention, including Addressing Mental Health and School Safety, Core-State Violence and Injury Prevention Program, and the Flint Adolescent Study. Prior to her work at the PRC, she worked on a rape crisis hotline. She holds an MSW in Interpersonal Practice and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies from Oberlin College.
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.
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.
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.
The Prevention Research Collaborative, based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is made up of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, National Center for School Safety, and affiliated initiatives. Our Centers are funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Justice (DOJ).
We promote safe and healthy futures through prevention research, training, and outreach. Alongside community partners, we work to reduce inequities and empower communities for better health.