Emily Zimmerman, PhD

Emily Zimmerman, PhDAssociate Professor

Department: Division of Epidemiology

Phone: (843) 715-2275

Email: emily.zimmerman@vcuhealth.org

Undergraduate Education

  • Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, English (concentration in writing), B.A., 1989, Departmental Honors.

Graduate Education

  • MPH, University of South Carolina, 2017
    PhD, CUNY Graduate Center, 2001
    MS, Hunter College, 1993

Keywords & Interest Areas

  • Community engaged research
    Stakeholder engaged research
    Social determinants of health
    Qualitative research
    Quantitative research

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

Woolf SH, Chapman DA, Bobby KJ, Zimmerman EB, Blackburn SM. Changes in midlife death rates across racial and ethnic groups in the United States: A systematic analysis of vital statistics. BMJ. 2018 [In press]

Zimmerman EB, Cook SK, Haley AD, Woolf SH, Price SK, the Engaging Richmond Team. A Patient and Provider Research Agenda on Diabetes and Hypertension Management. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.034

Zimmerman EB, Woolf SH, Simon SM, Kimmel AD, Barnes AJ, Bono RS. The Case for Considering Education and Health. Urban Education. First published 2016; 53(6):744-773. doi: 10.1177/0042085916682572.

Woolf SH, Purnell JQ, Simon SM, Zimmerman EB, Camberos GJ, Haley AD, Fields RP. Translating research into action: a framework for research that supports advances in population health. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res. 2016; 5(3):28–34. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0503.05.

Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Haley A, Krist A. Authentic Engagement of Patients and Communities Can Transform Research, Practice, and Policy. Health Affairs. 2016. 35 (4); 590-594. doi 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1512.

Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Haley A, Krist A. Does Engagement Matter? A Supplement to: Authentic Engagement of Patients and Communities Can Transform Research, Practice, and Policy. Health Affairs. 2016. 35(4); Appendix. doi 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1512.

Woolf SH, Purnell JQ, Simon SM, Zimmerman EB, Camberos GJ, Haley AD, Fields RP. Translating evidence into population health improvement: Strategies and barriers. Annu.Rev. Public Health. 2015. 36: 463-482.1-21.20; doi 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-082214-110901.

Vallas S, Zimmerman E, Davis S. Enemies of the State: Testing Three Models of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment. Research in Stratification and Social Mobility. 2009. 27(4): 201-217.

Wulczyn F, Zimmerman E. Longitudinal Placement Patterns Among Siblings in Foster Care in New York City. Children and Youth Services Review. 2005. 27 (March): 741-763.

Rafie CL, Zimmerman EB, Moser DE, Cook S, Zarghami F. A Lung Cancer Research Agenda that Reflects the Diverse Perspectives of Community Stakeholders: Process and Outcomes of the SEED Method. Research Involvement and Engagement. 2019.

Zimmerman EB, Haley A, Creighton GC, Bea C, Miles C, Robles A, Cook S, Aroche A. Assessing the Impacts and Ripple Effects of a Community-University Partnership: A Retrospective Roadmap. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. 2019; 25(1): 62-76.

Woolf SH, Chapman DA, Bobby KJ, Zimmerman EB, Blackburn SM. Changes in midlife death rates across racial and ethnic groups in the United States: A systematic analysis of vital statistics. BMJ. 2018; 362:k3096 .

Zimmerman EB, Woolf SH, Simon SM, Kimmel AD, Barnes AJ, Bono RS. The Case for Considering Education and Health. Urban Education. 2018; 53(6):744-773. doi: 10.1177/0042085916682572.

Zimmerman EB, Cook SK, Haley AD, Woolf SH, Price SK, the Engaging Richmond Team. A Patient and Provider Research Agenda on Diabetes and Hypertension Management. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.034.

Woolf SH, Purnell JQ, Simon SM, Zimmerman EB, Camberos GJ, Haley AD, Fields RP. Translating research into action: a framework for research that supports advances in population health. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res. 2016; 5(3):28–34. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0503.05.

Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Haley A, Krist A. Authentic Engagement of Patients and Communities Can Transform Research, Practice, and Policy. Health Affairs. 2016. 35 (4); 590-594. doi 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1512.

Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Haley A, Krist A. Does Engagement Matter? A Supplement to: Authentic Engagement of Patients and Communities Can Transform Research, Practice, and Policy. Health Affairs. 2016. 35(4); Appendix. doi 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1512.

Woolf SH, Purnell JQ, Simon SM, Zimmerman EB, Camberos GJ, Haley AD, Fields RP. Translating evidence into population health improvement: Strategies and barriers. Annu. Rev. Public Health. 2015. 36: 463-482.1-21.20; doi 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-082214-110901.

Vallas S, Zimmerman E, Davis S. Enemies of the State: Testing Three Models of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment. Research in Stratification and Social Mobility. 2009. 27(4): 201-217.

Wulczyn F, Zimmerman E. Sibling placements in longitudinal perspective. Children and Youth Services Review. 2005. 27 (March): 741-763.

Books, Book Chapters, & Monographs:

Zimmerman EB, ed. Researching Together: Co-Production with Patients and Stakeholders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. [In contract]

Zimmerman EB, Cook SK. The SEED method: The SEED Method: a Multi-level Stakeholder Approach to Research Question Development and Prioritization. In: Zimmerman EB, ed. Researching Together: Co-Production with Patients and Stakeholders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. [In contract]

Zimmerman EB, Cook SK, Woolf SH, Price SK, the Engaging Richmond team, Haley A, Rafie C, Moser D, the Engaging Martinsville team. The SEED method: A participatory, multi-stakeholder methodology for research question development and prioritization. Prepared for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). [Forthcoming]

Zimmerman E, Aroche A, Bea C, Green C, Gregory L, Miles C. Regional Scan and Strategies for Community Engagement in Health, Housing and Community Development. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, 2018.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Chronic Diseases, Part B. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Chronic Diseases, Part A. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Adult Health Status. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Injury. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Sexually Transmitted Infections. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Child and Adolescent Health. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Birth Outcomes. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Life Expectancy and Mortality. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2017.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: How U.S. States Compare in Health Status and the Factors That Shape Health. Summary Report. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2016.

Woolf S, Aron L, Chapman D, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, et al. The Health of the States: Spotlight on Methods. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute, 2016.

Zimmerman E, Haley A, Walker A, Woolf S, Nguyen K, Shue W, Kelley L, Hellman J, Chapman D, The Engaging Richmond Team. Health Equity in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, 2016.

Chapman DA, Hill L, Zimmerman EB, Haley A, Phillips RL, Woolf SH. Social Determinants of Health: Their Influence on Personal Choice, Environmental Exposures, and Health Care. In: Erwin PC and Brownson RC, eds. Scutchfield and Keck’sPrinciples of Public Health Practice. 4th edition. Clifton Park, NY: Cengage Learning. 2016.

Purnell JQ, Simon S, Zimmerman EB, Camberos G, Fields R. Social Determinants of Health: Policy and Prevention. In Amy Eyler, Jamie F. Chriqui, Sarah Moreland-Russell, and Ross C. Brownson (Eds.) Prevention, Policy, and Public Health. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2016.

Zimmerman EB, Woolf SH, Haley A. Understanding the Relationship Between Education and Health: A Review of the Evidence and an Examination of Community Perspectives. In Kaplan R, Spittel M, David D. Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0002. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health; July 2015: 347-384.

Aron L, Dubay L, Zimmerman E, Simon SM, Chapman D, Woolf SH. Can Income-Related Policies Improve Population Health? Income and Health Initiative: Brief Two. Washington, DC: Urban Institute; April 2015.

Woolf SH, Aron L, Dubay L, Simon SH, Zimmerman E, Luk KX. How are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity? Income and Health Initiative: Brief One. Washington, DC: Urban Institute; April 2015.

Zimmerman E, Haley A, Woolf S, Evans B. “Community Risk Factors, Environmental Justice and Health Inequities in Bernalillo County, New Mexico,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Zimmerman E, Evans, B, Woolf S, Haley A. “Social Capital and Health Outcomes in Boston,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Haley A, Zimmerman E, Woolf S, Evans B. “Neighborhood-Level Determinants of Life Expectancy in Oakland, California,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Evans B, Zimmerman E, Woolf S, Haley A. “Neighborhood Characteristics and Health in Baltimore City, Maryland,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Moore S, Robles A, Zimmerman E, Haley A. “Richmond Promise Neighborhood Community Assessment,” George Mason University Center for Social Science Research, 2012.

Evans B, Zimmerman E, Woolf, S, Haley, A. “Food Access and Health in Cook County, Illinois,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Evans B, Zimmerman E, Woolf S, Haley A. “Social Determinants of Health and Crime in Post-Katrina Orleans Parish,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Evans B, Thompson C, Zimmerman E, Woolf S, Haley A. “Access to Food Providers and Recreational Facilities in South Delta, Mississippi and its Relationship to Health,” Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

Haley A, Broaddus E, Zimmerman E, Woolf S, Evans B. “Community Risk Factors for Mortality and Exposure to Environmental Hazards in the San Joaquin Valley, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, 2012.

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