Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH

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Managing Director

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.


Aiyer, S. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Reischl, T. M. (2015). From Broken Windows to Busy Streets A Community Empowerment Perspective. Health Education & Behavior, 42(2), 137–147. Cite
Eisman, A. B., Zimmerman, M. A., Kruger, D., Reischl, T. M., Miller, A. L., Franzen, S. P., & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2016). Psychological Empowerment Among Urban Youth: Measurement Model and Associations with Youth Outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(3–4), 410–421. Cite
Franzen, S., Morrel-Samuels, S., Reischl, T. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2009). Using process evaluation to strengthen intergenerational partnerships in the Youth Empowerment Solutions program. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 37(4), 289–301. Cite
Freire, K. E., Perkinson, L., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Three Cs of Translating Evidence-Based Programs for Youth and Families to Practice Settings. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2015(149), 25–39. Cite
Griffith, D. M., Allen, J. O., De Loney, E. H., Robinson, K., Lewis, E. Y., Campbell, B., Morrel-Samuels, S., Sparks, A., Zimmerman, M. A., & Reischl, T. (2010). Community-based organizational capacity building as a strategy to reduce racial health disparities. Journal of Primary Prevention, 31(1–2), 31–39. Cite
Griffith, D. M., Allen, J. O., Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Reischl, T. M., Cohen, S. E., & Campbell, K. A. (2008). Organizational empowerment in community mobilization to address youth violence. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34(3 Suppl), S89-99. Cite
Heinze, J. E., Reischl, T. M., Bai, M., Roche, J. S., Morrel-Samuels, S., Cunningham, R. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2016). A Comprehensive Prevention Approach to Reducing Assault Offenses and Assault Injuries among Youth. Prevention Science: The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(2), 167–176. Cite
Kruger, D. J., Morrel-Samuels, S., Davis-Satterla, L., Harris-Ellis, B. J., & Slonim, A. (2010). Developing a cross-site evaluation tool for diverse health interventions. Health Promot Pract, 11(4), 555–561. Cite
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., Morrel-Samuels, S., Skorcz, S., & Brady, J. (2009). Using a community-based health survey as a tool for informing local health policy. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : JPHMP, 15(1), 47–53. Cite
Kruger, D. J., Hutchinson, P., Monroe, M. G., Reischl, T. M., & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2007). Assault Injury Rates, Social Capital, and Fear of Neighborhood Crime. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(4), 483–498. Cite
Morrel-Samuels, S., & Sincox, A. K. (2005). Changing the health of Michigan’s communities through research. The Michigan Nurse, 78(5), 11. Cite
Morrel-Samuels, P., & Zimmerman, M. (2010). Research methodology: an innovative approach to a venerable course. Clin Transl Sci, 3(6), 309–311. Cite
Morrel-Samuels, S., Wang, C. C., Bell, L., & Monk, C. (2005). Youth against violence: a community-based photovoice project. Community Youth Development. Cite
Morrel-Samuels, S., Bacallao, M., Brown, S., Bower, M., & Zimmerman, M. (2016). Community Engagement in Youth Violence Prevention: Crafting Methods to Context. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 1–19. Cite
Morrel-Samuels, S., Rupp, L. A., Eisman, A. B., Miller, A. L., Stoddard, S. A., Franzen, S. P., Hutchison, P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Measuring the Implementation of Youth Empowerment Solutions. Health Promotion Practice, 19(4), 581–589. Cite
Reischl, T. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Franzen, S. P., Faulk, M., Eisman, A. B., & Roberts, E. (2011). Youth empowerment solutions for violence prevention. Adolesc Med State Art Rev, 22(3), 581–600, xiii. Cite
Shirey, L. A., Griffith, D. M., Brady, J. S., Kruger, D. J., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Greene-Moton, E. (2008). Challenges and Lessons Learned in Developing a Community-Based Health Survey. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2(2), 99–104. Cite
Wang, C. C., Morrel-Samuels, S., Hutchison, P. M., Bell, L., & Pestronk, R. M. (2004). Flint Photovoice: community building among youths, adults, and policymakers. American Journal of Public Health, 94(6), 911–913. Cite
Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Wong, N., Tarver, D., Rabiah, D., & White, S. (2004). Guns, gangs, and gossip: An analysis of student essays on youth violence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 24(4), 385–411. Cite
Zimmerman, M. A., Eisman, A. B., Reischl, T. M., Morrel-Samuels, S., Stoddard, S., Miller, A. L., Hutchison, P., Franzen, S., & Rupp, L. (2018). Youth Empowerment Solutions: Evaluation of an After-School Program to Engage Middle School Students in Community Change. Health Education & Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 45(1), 20–31. Cite
Zimmerman, M. A., Stewart, S. E., Morrel-Samuels, S., Franzen, S., & Reischl, T. M. (2011). Youth Empowerment Solutions for Peaceful Communities: Combining theory and practice in a community-level violence prevention curriculum. Health Promotion Practice, 12(3), 425–439. Cite