Ph.D. University of Illinois
Area: Developmental, Combined Program in Education and Psychology
Psychology Office: 3790A SPH1
Psychology Phone: 734-647 0224
Research and Teaching Interests
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.
Brenner, A.B., Zimmerman, M.A., Bauermeister, J.A., & Caldwell, C.H. (2012). The physiological expression of living in disadvantaged neighborhoods for youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, DOI 10.1007/s10964-012-9838-8..
Elkington, K.S., Bauermeister, J.A., Zimmerman, M.A. (2010). Psychological distress, substance use, and HIV/STI risk behaviors among youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 5, 514-517.
Zimmerman, M.A., Brenner, A. (2010). Resilience in adolescence: Overcoming neighborhood disadvantage. In Reich, J.W., Zautra, A.J., Hall, J.S. (Ed.) Handbook of Adult Resilience. (283-308). New York: Guilford Press.
Holden, D.J., Zimmerman, M.A. (eds.) (Winter, 2009). A practical guide to program evaluation planning: Theory and case examples.
Hurd, N.M., Zimmerman, M.A., Xue, Y. (July, 2009). Negative adult influences and the protective effects of role models: A study with urban adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 6, 777-789.
Fergus, S., Zimmerman, M.A., Caldwell, C.H. (2007). Sexual risk behavior in adolescence and young adulthood. American Journal of Public Health, 97(6), 1096-1101.
Ostaszewski, K. Zimmerman, M.A. (2006). The effects of cumulative risks and promotive factors on urban adolescent alcohol and other drug use: A longitudinal study of resiliency. American Journal of Community Psychology., 38(3), 237-249.
Fergus, S., Zimmerman, M.A. (2005). Adolescent resilience: A framework for understanding healthy development in the face of risk. Annual Review of Public Health , 26, 399-419.