Dr. Zimmerman's primary research interests have included application and development of empowerment theory and the study of adolescent health and resiliency. His research has consistently focused on individual and community risk and promotive factors, resiliency, and community-based research methods. Dr. Zimmerman has published on a wide variety of topics, including adolescent violence, sexual behavior, substance use, and mental health, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention. He is the principal investigator for the Flint Adolescent Study (FAS), a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded longitudinal study designed to investigate resiliency among adolescents, and he directs the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, as well as the CDC-funded Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. He is also the associate director of the U-M Injury Prevention Center, and editor of Youth & Society.
- Ph.D., Personality and Social Ecology, University of Illinois
- M.S., Psychology, University of Oregon
- B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts