Marc Zimmerman, PhD

A photo of Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Director, Prevention Research Collaborative

Dr. Zimmerman is the Director of the Prevention Research Collaborative 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 a member of the Editor Emerita of Health Education and Behavior.

Publications

Rupp, L. A., Kondo, M. C., Hohl, B. C., Sing, E. K., Grodzinski, A. R., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2022). The effects of organizations engaging residents in greening vacant lots: Insights from a United States national survey. Cities, 125, 103669. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2022.103669
Wu, T.-Y., Hsieh, H.-F., Chow, C. M., Yang, X., Resnicow, K., & Zimmerman, M. (2022). Examining racism and firearm-related risks among Asian Americans in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventive Medicine Reports, 27, 101800. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101800
Reeping, P. M., Klarevas, L., Rajan, S., Rowhani-Rahbar, A., Heinze, J., Zeoli, A. M., Goyal, M. K., Zimmerman, M. A., & Branas, C. C. (2022). State Firearm Laws, Gun Ownership, and K-12 School Shootings: Implications for School Safety. Journal of School Violence, 21(2), 132–146. https://doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2021.2018332
Martin, R., Rajan, S., Shareef, F., Xie, K., Allen, K., Zimmerman, M., & Jay, J. (2022). Racial Disparities in Child Exposure to Firearm Violence Before and During COVID-19. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2022.02.007
Pelletier, K., Pizarro, J., Zimmerman, M., Carter, P., & Cunningham, R. (2022). The impact of prior exposure to violence and victimization on parental firearm ownership. Injury Prevention, 28(Suppl 1), A33–A34. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2022-SAVIR.86
Hohl, B., Kondo, M., Bushman, G., Gong, C., Burt, C., Cunningham, R., Carter, P., Branas, C., & Zimmerman, M. (2022). The neighborhoods we live in: relationships between disadvantage, greening and violent injury. Injury Prevention, 28(Suppl 1), A55–A55. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2022-SAVIR.143
Gong, C., Bushman, G., Hohl, B., Kondo, M., Carter, P., Cunningham, R., Rupp, L., Grodzinsky, A., Branas, C., Vagi, K., & Zimmerman, M. (2022). Community engagement, greening, and violent crime: a test of the greening hypothesis and busy streets. Injury Prevention, 28(Suppl 1), A44–A44. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2022-SAVIR.113
Seewald, L., Meyers, M., Zimmerman, M., Walton, M., Cunningham, R., Rupp, L., & Carter, P. (2022). Rates and correlates of firearm safety rules among a nationally representative sample of parents of high-school age youth. Injury Prevention, 28(Suppl 1), A40–A40. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2022-SAVIR.102
Haasz, M., Myers, M., Rowhani-Rahbar, A., Zimmerman, M. A., Sokol, R., Seewald, L., Cunningham, R., & Carter, P. (2022). Lethal Means Availability Among Youth with Recent Depression or Suicidality: Examining Firearm Ownership and Access Among a Nationally Representative Sample. Pediatrics, 149(1 Meeting Abstracts February 2022), 128.
Messman, E., Heinze, J., Hsieh, H.-F., Hockley, N., Pomerantz, N., Grodzinski, A., Scott, B., Goldstein, N., & Zimmerman, M. (2022). Anonymous Reporting Systems for School-Based Violence Prevention: A Systematic Review. Health Education & Behavior, 10901981211073734. https://doi.org/10.1177/10901981211073734
Thulin, E. J., Lee, D. B., Eisman, A. B., Reischl, T. M., Hutchison, P., Franzen, S., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2022). Longitudinal effects of Youth Empowerment Solutions: Preventing youth aggression and increasing prosocial behavior. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12577
Sokol, R. L., Bushman, G., Gong, C. H., Rupp, L., Ryan, J. P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2022). Associations Between Micro-neighborhood Greening and Child Maltreatment. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42448-021-00109-2
Sokol, R. L., Kumodzi, T., Cunningham, R. M., Resnicow, K., Steiger, M., Walton, M., Zimmerman, M. A., & Carter, P. M. (2022). The association between perceived community violence, police bias, race, and firearm carriage among urban adolescents and young adults. Preventive Medicine, 154, 106897. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106897
Lee, D. B., Schmidt, C. J., Heinze, J. E., Carter, P. M., Cunningham, R. M., Walton, M. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2022). Retaliatory attitudes as mediator of exposure to violence and firearm aggression among youth: The protective role of organized activity involvement. Developmental Psychology, No Pagination Specified-No Pagination Specified. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001339
Redecke, V., Tawaratsumida, K., Larragoite, E. T., Williams, E. S. C. P., Planelles, V., Spivak, A. M., Hirayama, L., Elgort, M., Swenson, S., Smith, R., Worthen, B., Zimmerman, R., Slev, P., Cahoon, B., Astill, M., & Häcker, H. (2021). A rapid and affordable point of care test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 based on hemagglutination and artificial intelligence interpretation. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 24507. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-04298-1
Busby, D. R., Hope, M. O., Lee, D. B., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Racial Discrimination and Trajectories of Problematic Alcohol Use Among African American Emerging Adults: The Role of Organizational Religious Involvement. Health Education & Behavior, 10901981211051650. https://doi.org/10.1177/10901981211051650
Busby, D. R., Hope, M. O., Lee, D. B., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Racial Discrimination and Trajectories of Problematic Alcohol Use Among African American Emerging Adults: The Role of Organizational Religious Involvement. Health Education & Behavior, 10901981211051650. https://doi.org/10.1177/10901981211051650
Hsieh, H.-F., Wu, W.-C., Córdova, D., Heinze, J. E., Pomerantz, N., Buu, A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). The Intergenerational Transmission of Family Conflict on Children’s Aggression: The Compensatory Effect of Positive Parenting. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 08862605211056025. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211056025
Sokol, R. L., Zimmerman, M. A., Rupp, L., Heinze, J. E., Cunningham, R. M., & Carter, P. M. (2021). Firearm purchasing during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in households with teens: a national study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 44(6), 874–882. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-021-00242-w
Sokol, R. L., Marineau, L., Zimmerman, M. A., Rupp, L. A., Cunningham, R. M., & Carter, P. M. (2021). Why some parents made firearms more accessible during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a national study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 44(6), 867–873. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-021-00243-9
Thulin, E. J., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Evaluating Community Factors Associated With Individually Held Intimate Partner Violence Beliefs Across 51 Countries. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 8862605211050104. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211050104
Thulin, E. J., Zimmerman, M. A., Kusunoki, Y., Kernsmith, P., Smith-Darden, J., & Heinze, J. E. (2021). Electronic Teen Dating Violence Curves by Age. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01517-w
Sokol, R. L., Schmidt, C., Miller, A. L., Walton, M. A., Zimmerman, M., Resnicow, K., Cunningham, R. M., & Carter, P. M. (2021). Motivations for firearm possession and storage practices among urban young adults: differences between parents and non-parents. Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 27(5), 409–412. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2020-043856
Cunningham, M. C., Cobbina, J. E., Melde, C., Abad, D., Almanza, M., Goldstick, J. E., Zimmerman, M. A., & Heinze, J. E. (2021). Attitudes Towards Police and Weapon Carriage Among Adolescents. American Journal of Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12103-021-09643-8
Burt, C. J., Kondo, M. C., Hohl, B. C., Gong, C. H., Bushman, G., Wixom, C., South, E. C., Cunningham, R. M., Carter, P. M., Branas, C. C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Community Greening, Fear of Crime, and Mental Health Outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12544
Hsieh, H.-F., Mistry, R., Lee, D. B., Scott, B. A., Eisman, A. B., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). The Longitudinal Association Between Exposure to Violence and Patterns of Health Risk Behaviors Among African American Youth. American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP, 35(6), 794–802. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117121995776
Clark, D. A., Arterberry, B. J., Walton, M. A., Cunningham, R. M., Goldstick, J. E., Zimmerman, M. A., Davis, A. K., & Bonar, E. E. (2021). Examining Same-Day Associations Between Cannabis Use Motives and Condom Use in Urban Emerging Adults: A Brief Report. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 82(4), 516–521.
Weitzman, A., Barber, J. S., Heinze, J., & Zimmerman, M. (2021). How Nearby Homicides Affect Young Women’s Pregnancy Desires: Evidence From a Quasi-Experiment. Demography, 58(3), 927–950. https://doi.org/10.1215/00703370-9160045
Zimmerman, M. A., & Astor, R. A. (2021). Racism Obstructs the Path to School Safety and Educational Equity: The Need for an Anti-Racism Focus in School Violence Prevention. The Journal of School Health, 91(6), 443–446. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.13018
Assari, S., Boyce, S., Mistry, R., Thomas, A., Nicholson, H. L., Cobb, R. J., Cuevas, A. G., Lee, D. B., Bazargan, M., Caldwell, C. H., Curry, T. J., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Parents’ Perceived Neighborhood Safety and Children’s Cognitive Performance: Complexities by Race, Ethnicity, and Cognitive Domain. Urban Science (Basel, Switzerland), 5(2), 46. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci5020046
Carter, P. M., Zimmerman, M. A., & Cunningham, R. M. (2021). Addressing Key Gaps in Existing Longitudinal Research and Establishing a Pathway Forward for Firearm Violence Prevention Research. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology: The Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 50(3), 367–384. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2021.1913741
Assari, S., Boyce, S., Bazargan, M., Thomas, A., Cobb, R. J., Hudson, D., Curry, T. J., Nicholson, H. L., Cuevas, A. G., Mistry, R., Chavous, T. M., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Parental Educational Attainment, the Superior Temporal Cortical Surface Area, and Reading Ability among American Children: A Test of Marginalization-Related Diminished Returns. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 8(5), 412. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050412
Varela, J. J., Zimmerman, M. A., Ryan, A. M., Stoddard, S. A., & Heinze, J. E. (2021). School Attachment and Violent Attitudes Preventing Future Violent Behavior Among Youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(9–10), NP5407–NP5426. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518800314
Zimmerman, M. A., Bartholow, B. N., Carter, P. M., Cunningham, R. M., Gorman-Smith, D., Heinze, J. E., Hohl, B., Kingston, B. E., Sigel, E. J., Sullivan, T. N., Vagi, K. J., Bowen, D. A., & Wendel, M. L. (2021). Youth Firearm Injury Prevention: Applications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Funded Youth Violence Prevention Centers. American Journal of Public Health, 111(S1), S32–S34. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306311
Kingston, B. E., Zimmerman, M. A., Wendel, M. L., Gorman-Smith, D., Wright-Kelly, E., Mattson, S. A., & Trudeau, A.-R. T. (2021). Developing and Implementing Community-Level Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 111(S1), S20–S24. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306281
Gorman-Smith, D., Bechhoefer, D., Cosey-Gay, F. N., Kingston, B. E., Nation, M. A., Vagi, K. J., Villamar, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). A Model for Effective Community-Academic Partnerships for Youth Violence Prevention. American Journal of Public Health, 111(S1), S25–S27. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306280
Lee, D. B., Peckins, M. K., Miller, A. L., Hope, M. O., Neblett, E. W., Assari, S., Muñoz-Velázquez, J., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Pathways from racial discrimination to cortisol/DHEA imbalance: protective role of religious involvement. Ethnicity & Health, 26(3), 413–430. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2018.1520815
Heinze, J. E., Hsieh, H.-F., Thulin, E., Howe, K., Miller, A. L., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Adolescent Exposure to Violence and Intimate-Partner Violence Mediated by Mental Distress. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101215
Thulin, E. J., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Adolescent Adverse Childhood Experiences and Risk of Adult Intimate Partner Violence. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 60(1), 80–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.06.030
Sokol, R. L., Heinze, J., Doan, J., Normand, M., Grodzinski, A., Pomerantz, N., Scott, B. A., Gaswirth, M., & Zimmerman, M. (2021). Crisis Interventions in Schools: A Systematic Review. Journal of School Violence, 20(2), 241–260. https://doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2021.1879098
Sokol, R. L., Goldstick, J., Zimmerman, M. A., Muzik, M., Rosenblum, K. L., & Miller, A. L. (2020). Transitions into and out of post-traumatic stress among children involved in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105384
Trickett, E., Zimmerman, M. A., & Romer, D. (2020). James G. Kelly (1929-2020). The American Psychologist, 75(8), 1181. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000725
Hsieh, H.-F., Heinze, J. E., Caruso, E., Scott, B. A., West, B. T., Mistry, R., Eisman, A. B., Assari, S., Buu, A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2020). The Protective Effects of Social Support on Hypertension Among African American Adolescents Exposed to Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 886260520969390. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520969390
Anderson, R. E., Lee, D. B., Hope, M. O., Nisbeth, K., Bess, K., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2020). Disrupting the Behavioral Health Consequences of Racial Discrimination: A Longitudinal Investigation of Racial Identity Profiles and Alcohol-Related Problems. Health Education & Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 47(5), 706–717. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198120923268
Lee, D. B., Anderson, R. E., Hope, M. O., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2020). Racial discrimination trajectories predicting psychological well-being: From emerging adulthood to adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 56(7), 1413–1423. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000938
Schmidt, C. J., Stoddard, S. A., Heinze, J. E., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2020). Examining contextual and relational factors influencing perceptions of societal and interpersonal mattering among rural youth. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22401
Stoddard, S. A., Meier-Austic, E., Epstein-Ngo, Q., Walton, M., Carter, P. M., Heinze, J. E., Zimmerman, M. A., & Cunningham, R. (2020). Substance use and mental health predictors of patterns of non-partner youth violence among high-risk urban youth. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 213, 108117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108117
Lee, D. B., Hsieh, H.-F., Stoddard, S. A., Heinze, J. E., Carter, P. M., Goldstick, J. E., Cunningham, M. C., Cunningham, R. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2020). Longitudinal pathway from violence exposure to firearm carriage among adolescents: The role of future expectation. Journal of Adolescence, 81, 101–113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.03.009
Eisman, A. B., Kilbourne, A. M., Ngo, Q., Fridline, J., Zimmerman, M. A., Greene, D., & Cunningham, R. M. (2020). Implementing a State-Adopted High School Health Curriculum: A Case Study. The Journal of School Health, 90(6), 447–456. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12892
Bonar, E. E., Schneeberger, D. M., Bourque, C., Bauermeister, J. A., Young, S. D., Blow, F. C., Cunningham, R. M., Bohnert, A. S., Zimmerman, M. A., & Walton, M. A. (2020). Social Media Interventions for Risky Drinking Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(5), e16688. https://doi.org/10.2196/16688