Dr. Cunningham is the Associate Chair for Research and Professor in the U-M Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of the CDC-funded U-M Injury Center, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education of the U-M School of Public Health, and the Associate Director of the Flint Youth Violence Prevention Center. Her expertise is in ED-based research on substance use, violence, and other negative outcomes, particularly among children, and the development and application of behavioral interventions in the ED setting. In directing the Injury Center (one of nine centers in the nation), Dr. Cunningham conceptualizes, oversees, and guides the short and long-term missions of the Injury Center. She has led large multidisciplinary teams of investigators through the conduct of several R01 proposals, including longitudinal studies evaluating interventions, service utilization, and mental health outcomes among youth with assault-related injury (NIDA, Project FYI), and the subsequent five-year methodological cohort evaluation. In addition, Dr. Cunningham and her team have developed and successfully implemented behavioral interventions focused on reducing substance use among underage drinkers seeking ED care (NIAAA, Project U Connect) with a focus on cutting-edge technology-delivered interventions (Web based, text based, computer augmented). Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the development of such global projects as the medical, nursing and post-graduate education of emergency medicine content in Ghana colleagues (Fogarty).
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