Marc A. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Health Behavior & Health Education
3790A School of Public Health I
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. 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 CDC-funded Prevention Research Center of Michigan. He is the Editor of Youth and Society and is a member of the editorial board for Health Education Research.
Ph.D., Psychology, Personality, and Social Ecology, University of Illinois, 1986
M.S., Community Psychology, University of Oregon, 1980
B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1976