Our long-standing research tradition is hallmarked by an interweaving of research and the translation of research to improve the health and well-being of young people. Led by Sieving, McRee, and colleagues, the PRC research team has engaged in some of the most significant adolescent research efforts – nationally and in Minnesota. These include: The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), and the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health).

In fact, Resnick had lead responsibility for crafting the initial published research paper from the Add Health study. That landmark research was released by JAMA in 1997 with Resnick as lead author. This seminal article has been cited more than nearly any other publication in the field of adolescent health and led to widespread prominence of the influence of connectedness on adolescent health, resilience, and well-being.

In recent years, University of Minnesota PRC investigators have partnered with youth-serving organizations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere to develop and test innovative programs and services for various groups of young people.

HYD - PRC Investigators

Renee Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
Professor, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
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Sieving [email protected]

Research interests:

  • Youth health promotion
  • Prevention of health risk behaviors (sexual risks, violence involvement, school drop-out) among adolescents

Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH
Associate Professor, Medical School
Core Research Project Principal Investigator
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McRee [email protected]

Research interests:

  • HPV vaccination
  • Parental influences on adolescent health
  • Adolescent health care utilization
  • Parent-child communication
  • Adolescent sexual behaviors

Barbara McMorris, PhD
Associate Professor, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
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McMorris [email protected]

Research interests:

  • Prevention of risky health behaviors in adolescence
  • Promotion of health among vulnerable populations
  • Program evaluation, research methods, and statistical modeling

Amy Gower, PhD
Research Associate, Medical School
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Gower [email protected]

Research interests:

  • Multi-level research
  • Health issues of LGBT adolescent population
  • Environmental and social contexts of adolescent health

Cathy Jordan, PhD
Professor, Medical School

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Jordan [email protected]

Research interests:

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Community-engaged scholarship
  • Nature-based education
  • Developmental impact of outdoor experiences on youth

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical School
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Shlafer [email protected]

Research interests:

  • Developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors 
  • Programs and policies impacting children and families affected by incarceration