Additional Research Interests: Education and Psychology; Substance Use Abuse Dependance Treatment;Violence Aggression; Resiliency
My research focuses on health and resiliency of adolescents, and on empowerment theory. I work on adolescent health which examines how positive factors in adolescent's lives help them overcome risks they face. My research includes analysis of adolescent resiliency for risks associated with alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, precocious sexual behavior, and school failure. I am also studying developmental transitions and longitudinal models of change. My 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 CDC-funded 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.
SPH Faculty Profile
- Combined Program in Education and Psychology