- Principal Investigator, Director
- Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Dr. Marc A. Zimmerman is the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the CDC-funded Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and Prevention Research Center, and Co-Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded National Center for School Safety. Dr. Zimmerman has over 35 years of experience studying youth violence. His research focuses on the application and development of empowerment theory and the study of adolescent health and resiliency. He has translated his research on individual and community risk and promotive factors to develop and evaluate community-based programs with an emphasis on the prevention of community violence. His work includes creating the evidence-based program Youth Empowerment Solutions and the development of Busy Streets Theory which is focused on the effects of urban vacant lot rehabilitation and greening. Dr. Zimmerman is the Editor of Youth & Society and Editor Emerita of Health Education and Behavior.