Faculty & Staff

Marc A. Zimmerman, PhD

Dr. Zimmerman is the co-director of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. He is also the Director of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center of Michigan.  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 adolescent’s 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.

 

Rebecca Cunningham, MD

Dr. Cunningham is co-director of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and also serves as director of the University of Michigan Injury Center.  Her research has focused on intentional injury, substance use prevention, and the Emergency Department as a setting for public health interventions.

 

Rob Lipton, PhD

Dr. Lipton’s interests center on two general areas: Alcohol and health and geographical-spatial methods of assessing public health issues such as violence and alcohol outlets. For the former, he has received NIAAA funding to examine abstention, alcohol consumption and health. For the latter, he has received funding from the state of California to investigate the spatial relationships of underage drinking in the City of Los Angeles, and tobacco-related disease throughout the state. In addition, he has NIAAA funding to study drug market activity, alcohol outlets and violence in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also has worked on mathematical and statistical models related to alcohol consumption assessment. He additionally works on the ways in which causal thinking is used and misused in epidemiology.

 

Cleo Caldwell, PhD

Dr. Caldwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and is also the director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Caldwell’s research interests are in the areas of family influences on the health risk behaviors and well being of African American adolescents, including aggressive behaviors, substance use, and depression. Dr. Caldwell is the Principal Investigator on the Fathers and Sons project.

 

Daniel A. Kruger, PhD

Dr. Kruger is a Research Assistant Professor at the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI). Dr. Kruger is the Lead Evaluator of the biennial Speak to Your Health! Community Survey in Genesee County and a former Survey Committee Co-Chair. He is also the Lead Evaluator for the Genesee County Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the United States (REACH US). He studies several areas from an evolutionary perspective, many united by life history theory, and covers basic research as well as practical applications.

 

Alison Miller, PhD

Dr. Miller is a developmental psychologist who studies risk and resilience in children and families. Dr. Miller is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She was previously in the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Family Psychiatry) at Brown Medical School. She is affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD), where she directs the Clinical-Community Interventions Group and is a member of the Obesity Research Group.

 

Tom Reischl, PhD

Dr. Reischl is an associate research scientist in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at U-M’s School of Public Health. He received a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Illinois and has held previous faculty appointments at Michigan State University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Waikato (New Zealand). In his current position, he serves at the Director of Evaluation for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI) and conducts evaluation research studies of community-based public health programs, childhood obesity prevention programs, violence prevention programs, family support programs, consumer-controlled (self/mutual help) programs, and public-health preparedness programs.

 

Sarah Stoddard, RN, PhD

Dr. Stoddard is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and teaches the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center course HBHE 680: Youth Violence Issues and Prevention. Dr.  Stoddard’s primary research interests focus on hope and purpose as protective factors for adolescents and young adults within a resiliency framework, and the impact of social context on both the development of hope and purpose and on adolescent health and risk behaviors.

 

Justin Heinze, PhD

Dr. Heinze is currently a research investigator in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Heinze’s primary research interests include belonging motivation and developmental transitions in adolescence and emerging adulthood. He is also interested in the formation of social judgments that lead to social exclusion/ostracism or prejudicial behavior, and how valence in social climate affects individuals’ mental and physical health.

 

Sophie Aiyer, PhD, MHS

Dr. Aiyer is a Youth Violence Prevention Center Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Sophie’s research interests and experiences share a common goal of understanding the causes and consequences of delinquency in at-risk child and adolescent populations. Her primary research interests are in the etiology, development, and prevention of early aggression, antisocial behavior, delinquency, and youth violence, with a focus on understanding how individual, family, peer, and neighborhood process contribute to risk for juvenile delinquency.

 

Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH

Susan Morrel-Samuels is the Managing Director of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan.  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 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.

 

Pete Hutchison

Pete Hutchison is the Program Director for the Youth Empowerment Solutions for Positive Youth Development Program (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.

 

Susan Franzen, MS

Susan Franzen is a Research Specialist currently working on the evaluation of the MI-YVPC. Ms. 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. Ms. Franzen holds a Master of Science in Health Education from the University of Michigan-Flint.

 

Allison Krusky, MPH

Allison Krusky is a Research Associate and Project Manager for the summer parcel assessments and MI-YVPC survey. She received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Health System and is a registered dietitian.

 

Alison Grodzinski, MLIS

Alison Grodzinski is the Director of Communications for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan. She has participated on several research projects including Partners In Research, Speak to Your Health! Community Survey, the Virtual Networks Study, and Michigan YVPC. Alison is also currently leading the planning and development of the online intervention component of the HOPE project.