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.
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.
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.
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.
Kathleen (Kate) Howe manages program evaluation projects for the Michigan State Core Violence and Injury Prevention Programs (CORE SVIPP) and the Detroit Community Opioid Response Initiative (DCORI). Kate enjoys working in partnership with state and local health departments, grassroots organizations, and community stakeholders. Her primary research interests include violence prevention, resiliency-based risk mitigation strategies, community engagement, and ending racial health disparities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
Ebun Oduesohas worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She hasexperience 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 holdsa Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience fromthe University of Michigan.
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.
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.
Carolyn Seigerhas worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2021. She hasexperience with developing training materials and adult learning. Herareas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Wyatt has worked with the Prevention Research Collaborative since 2020. She has experience with managing, analyzing, and communicating research data. Her areas of interest also include software and data dashboard development, natural language processing, social media analytics, and training/education. Rachel holds a BS in Computer Science from Kettering University and a Master of Applied Data Science from the University of Michigan.
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.