Laney Rupp

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  • Center Manager



Laney Rupp is the Center Manager for the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. Her work focuses on community engagement in improving built environments as a method for preventing youth- and community-violence. She has experience managing NIH and CDC-funded evaluations focused on community violence prevention and firearm violence prevention specifically. She is committed to working with communities to build the evidence base for locally-relevant, community-driven primary prevention and to expand resources for these strategies. She collaborates with community organizations and residents in the planning and development of violence prevention projects and the identification of best practices.  She is passionate about disseminating research findings to make them accessible and useful to community partners, practitioners, and policymakers. She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan.


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.
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.
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.
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.
Seewald, L. A., Myers, M., Zimmerman, M. A., Walton, M. A., Cunningham, R. M., Rupp, L. A., Haasz, M., & Carter, P. M. (2022). Firearm safety counseling among caregivers of high-school age teens: Results from a National Survey. Preventive Medicine, 107285.
Schmidt, C. J., Rupp, L., Pizarro, J. M., Lee, D. B., Branas, C. C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Risk and protective factors related to youth firearm violence: a scoping review and directions for future research. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42(4), 706–723.
Rupp, L. A., Zimmerman, M. A., Sly, K. W., Reischl, T. M., Thulin, E. J., Wyatt, T. A., & Stock, J. J. P. (2020). Community-Engaged Neighborhood Revitalization and Empowerment: Busy Streets Theory in Action. American Journal of Community Psychology, 65(1–2), 90–106.
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.
Rauk, L., Rupp, L., Hohl, B. C., Kondo, M. C., Ornelas, L., Carter, P. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2023). Lessons learned from local vacant land management organizations for engaging youth in greening. American Journal of Community Psychology, ajcp.12688.
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.
Hohl, B. C., Kondo, M. C., Rupp, L. A., Sadler, R. C., Gong, C. H., Le, K., Hertlein, M., Kelly, C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2023). Community identified characteristics related to illegal dumping; a mixed methods study to inform prevention. Journal of Environmental Management, 346, 118930.
Gong, C., Bushman, G., Hohl, B., Kondo, M., Carter, P., Cunningham, R., Rupp, L., Grodzinski, 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.
Eisman, A. B., Hicks, M., Kernsmith, P. D., Rupp, L., Smith-Darden, J. P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Adapting an evidence-based positive youth development intervention to prevent sexual and teen dating violence. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(1), 74–86.
Cunningham, R. M., Carter, P. M., Ranney, M. L., Walton, M., Zeoli, A. M., Alpern, E. R., Branas, C., Beidas, R. S., Ehrlich, P. F., Goyal, M. K., Goldstick, J. E., Hemenway, D., Hargarten, S. W., King, C. A., Massey, L., Ngo, Q., Pizarro, J., Prosser, L., Rowhani-Rahbar, A., … Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Prevention of Firearm Injuries Among Children and Adolescents: Consensus-Driven Research Agenda from the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium. JAMA Pediatrics, 173(8), 780–789.