The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health are pleased to welcome our new faculty member, Marizen R. Ramirez, PhD. Dr. Ramirez will serve as Co-Director of the Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training (OIPRT) program.
Dr. Ramirez is passionate about studying trauma in children as well as other vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, agricultural workers, and rural residents, to understand risk factors and identify effective prevention strategies. Some of her exciting multidisciplinary research studies include: evaluating anti-bullying policies across the country; understanding the communications of and social networks in which cyberbullying occurs; testing interventions to support the psychosocial recovery of children impacted by trauma; and evaluating disaster preparedness intervention for rural households of children with disabilities and older adults.
Dr. Ramirez holds a degree in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her scholarship has been funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Ramirez brings exceptional expertise that will extend our legacy of cutting edge research and education in injury and violence prevention and control.