Research seminar: October 28, 2022

Translating theory to action: A story of youth violence prevention

October 28, 2022

Dr. Zimmerman will be presenting on the development of his youth violence prevention work over the last 30 years. His research started from a longitudinal study of adolescents to the recently established Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

Marc A. Zimmerman, PhD
Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health
Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Combined Program in Education & Psychology
University of Michigan

Dr. Zimmerman's research focuses on adolescent health and resiliency, and 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. 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 Director of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and the CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Center. He is the Editor of Youth and Society, a member of the editorial board for Health Education Research, and Editor Emeritus of Health Education and Behavior.