Staff

Web Designer & Administrator
Joe Alberts has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2012. He has experience with developing websites using WordPress, creating web-based applications, managing GIS data collection operations, and improving data management systems or processes. His areas of interest include communication and dissemination of research, learning programming languages, and exploring applications for new technologies.
Research Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network (HMN)
Julia Bell has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with research coordination. Her areas of interest include student mental health, firearm violence prevention, and opioid overdose prevention. Julia holds a Master of Public Health from Wayne State University.
Research Technician Senior
Sosha Barnett has worked with the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-MI) since 2015. Sosha specializes in data collection, and supervising data collectors. She has experience with interviews, parcel assessments, focus groups, and study management. She has led numerous data collection training sessions and written study protocols. Sosha holds a BS in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.
CDC Public Health Associate
Riley Bennett has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with qualitative coding, social media development, and data management in R. Her areas of interest also include social epidemiology, environmental justice, and food insecurity. Prior to joining the PRC, Riley was a Clinical Subjects Coordinator at Michigan Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Global Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
School Safety Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Melissa Chavez has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience in clinical research, both in orthopedics and pediatric social & emotional neurodevelopment spaces, and public health research experience in nutrition equity and health & wellbeing. She also has experience in community engagement, advocacy, and outreach, and is a Board of Directors member for a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids, MI. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Western Michigan University.
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.
Research Area Specialist
Elizabeth Gonzalez is a Research Area Specialist at the Prevention Research Collaborative. She manages the Indianapolis Vacant Lot Reuse & Community Violence Prevention Study (IVLR). She also works with the Detroit Vacant Lot Reuse & Firearms Violence Prevention Study (DVLR) and various opioid overdose prevention projects. Her areas of interest include urban health, the built environment, greening initiatives as a method of improving health outcomes, and ending health inequities. Prior to joining the PRC, Elizabeth served as an AmeriCorps member at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park leading environmental education workshops. She also worked at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health for the Fetal Age Machine Learning Initiative (FAMLI). She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Managing Director
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 Master’s in Library and Information Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.
Administrative Coordinator
Teresa Hartwig has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since January 2023. She has experience processing, reviewing, negotiating, and accepting sponsored projects and research contracts. She ensures proper management of awarded funds with sponsor, federal, state, and University regulations. Teresa also assists the department with all administrative aspects of proposal development. Her areas of interest also include adolescent and young adult mental health along with suicide prevention. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and a Minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Research Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network (HMN)
Haley Henry has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with coordination and research. Her areas of interest also include health policy, mental health, and climate change. Prior to joining the PRC, she studied at the University of Michigan and graduated in December of 2021. She is currently pursuing an MPH in Health Policy with a concentration in Climate Change and Health at Yale University.
Research Area Specialist Associate
Kennedy Hinnant has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with community engagement, project management, and survey development. Her areas of interest also include the intersection between behavioral health and violence prevention efforts. Prior to joining the PRC, Kennedy was a Project Assistant at the Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from George Washington University.
Project Manager / Research Area Specialist, Senior
Kathleen (Kate) Howe has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2020. She has experience with research management, program evaluation, data analysis, and visualization. Kate manages the Detroit Vacant Lot Reuse & Firearms Violence Prevention Study (DVLR) as well as opioid overdose prevention studies in partnership with state and local health departments and community organizations. Her areas of interest include opioid overdose prevention, community-engaged violence prevention, ending racial health disparities, and research translation. Prior to joining the PRC, Kate worked as an Analyst for a biomedical consulting firm and was a Research Manager for a nonprofit out-of-school-time (OST) organization. Kate holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
School Safety Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Ben Jennett has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2023. Ben’s areas of interest include building community partnerships, especially between schools and emergency response agencies, working towards breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, and using emergency management structures to help guide school policy and response to critical incidents. He has experience in law enforcement, school discipline, restorative practices, and threat assessments in the school setting. Ben holds a Master’s in Legal Studies from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Research Data Analyst, Healthy Minds Network (HMN), Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Ashley Johnston has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with research coordination, data analysis, and reporting. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Master of Social Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Data Manager
Kai Le has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2020. She has experience with preparing data for analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her areas of interest also include social equity, public health, and transportation. Prior to joining the PRC, Kai was a Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University (OSU). She also holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from OSU.
Research Area Specialist Associate
Kevin Michaels has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2018. He has experience with community and school program development and evaluation, implementation science, and study coordination. Kevin has previously worked as a Study Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Network and as a Forensic Psychology Research Assistant at the University of Michigan – Flint. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology.
Training Manager, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Brent Allen Miller has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. He has experience managing and creating school safety training projects. His areas of interest include training and development, adult education, and instructional design. In addition to his role at the PRC, Brent serves as the community outreach coordinator for YpsiWrites, a writing-focused non-profit. Prior to joining the PRC, Brent was a test developer for Michigan Language Assessment. He holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Eastern Michigan University and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
Research Administrator
Shawna Monty is a Senior Research Administrator at the School of Public Health. She has been working with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2003. She is responsible for managing all pre- and post-award requirements, ensuring compliance with all university and sponsor policies and guidelines. This includes but is not limited to proposal submissions, budget preparation, establishing and maintaining awards, subawards and subcontracts, financial reporting, monitoring and approving expenditures, and monitoring faculty and staff FTEs across projects.
School Safety Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Heather Murphy has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience in clinical counseling, social-emotional learning development and implementation, mental health crisis prevention and stabilization, child welfare, and trauma-informed care.  Her areas of interest also include mental health in schools, social-emotional curriculum, education and mental health equity in schools, expanding access to care, and trauma-informed practices. Prior to joining the PRC, Heather was a Licensed Professional Counselor in a variety of settings including schools, partial hospitalization, community mental health, and private practice, as well as completed research related to child welfare with the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Adler University.
Research Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network (HMN)
Mac Murphy has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. They have experience with research collaboration, administration, and event planning. Their areas of interest also include trauma-informed mental health services, reproductive rights, and student-athlete mental health. Mac holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan.
School Safety Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Allison Schreiber has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since March 2021 as a School Safety Specialist with the National Center for School Safety at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a retired secondary English/social science teacher in an urban, Title 1 school district. Allison also has experience working in the business world as a Human Resources Generalist and regional HR Director. She holds an MA in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University, a secondary teaching certification from the University of Detroit, and a BA in psychology from Michigan State University. She has experience in social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, peer mediation and conflict resolution, threat assessment, crisis intervention teams, climate and safety teams, and as a safety administrator developing emergency operations/safety plans and coordinating the safety committee.
Research Area Specialist Associate
Ebun Odueso has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with implementing qualitative methods to examine attitudes about a range of topics including school safety planning, violence against Native American women, and accessibility of maternal support facilities. Her areas of interest also include community-engaged research, health disparities, and maternal and child health. Prior to joining the PRC, Ebun was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.
Research Area Specialist
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 Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies from Scripps College.
Evaluation Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Laura Schreiner has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with the development and management of community-based programs, campaigns, and participatory research projects, as well as conducting policy analyses, evaluations, and better practice research for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, city governments, and school districts. Laura enjoys collaborating with a variety of partners to build and expand relationships, institutions, and systems that foster and spread a new narrative and reality of interconnectedness and shared wellbeing. Prior to joining the PRC, Laura served as a Reviewer for the ZOOM Foundation and their grantees working to improve safety and educational equity in schools. She also previously served as the Director of Civic Engagement and a community organizer with the San Diego Organizing Project. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Scripps College and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Instructional Design Lead, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Carolyn Seiger has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with developing training materials and adult learning. Her areas of interest also include curriculum creation, graphic design, and positive youth development. Prior to joining the PRC, Carolyn was an elementary school teacher. Carolyn holds a Master of Arts in Design and Technologies for Learning from The University of Michigan.
Technical Assistance Administrative Coordinator, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Brianna Spears has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with coordinating across multiple teams, maintaining Airtable databases, providing help desk support using TeamDynamix, and event planning. Her areas of interest also include science, technology, and society studies; user experience; and mental health outcomes. Brianna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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.
Research Area Specialist Intermediate, University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury
Cindi Thronson is a Research Area Specialist at the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention. She is the project manager for the Michigan School Safety Initiative which is focused on working with schools to provide training and technical assistance to improve school safety and prevent school violence through the implementation of evidence-based safety programs and strategies. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked at the Prevention Research Collaborative at the University of Michigan School of Public Health at the National Center for School Safety in addition to various injury prevention studies. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Iowa and an MPH in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Data Manager, Healthy Minds Network (HMN)
Erin Voichoski has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2022. She has experience with data collection, management, and analysis. Her areas of interest also include suicide prevention, program evaluation, and urban environmental health. Erin holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Research Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network (HMN)
Brenda Vyletel has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She has experience with project management and engineering research. Prior to joining the PRC, Brenda was Program Manager for the Michigan Space Grant Consortium at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Program Manager, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Emily Torres has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2019. She has experience with youth violence prevention, community engagement, and providing technical assistance to schools to improve health and safety. Her areas of interest also include positive youth development, partnership development, and policies and systems change work. Prior to joining the PRC, Emily worked for the Ohio Department of Health in their Primary Prevention Division. She holds a Master’s in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.
Marketing Communications Specialist, National Center for School Safety (NCSS)
Erin Wyatt has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since January 2022. She has experience with social media marketing, communications, graphic design, and working with non-profit organizations. Her areas of interest also include creating inclusive spaces and accessible and effective communication for all.
Data Scientist
Rachel Wyatt has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2020. She has experience with engineering, analyzing, and communicating research data. Her areas of interest include geospatial data, data visualization, and training/education. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Master of Applied Data Science program in the School of Information. Rachel holds a BS in Computer Science from Kettering University and a Master of Applied Data Science from the University of Michigan.