Lisa Wexler, PhD

Professor, School of Social Work

Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research / Research Professor, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

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Lisa Wexler is a Professor of Social Work and a Research Professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan. Drawing from the disciplines of public health, social work and adult education, Dr. Wexler’s participatory mixed-methods research aims to reduce suicide risk and promote youth wellness. Her current projects include the Family Safety Net, an universal intervention to increase safe firearm storage in people’s homes (PI for R61MH125757; Subrecipient of CDC R49-CE-003085), a community mobilization approach to suicide prevention called PC CARES: Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide:  (PI for R01 MH112458), and a Collaborative Hub that features a descriptive study, Alaska Native Community Resilience Study focused on community strengths correlated with a reduction in youth suicidal behavior and youth wellness (co-PI with Drs. Allen and Rasmus for U19 MH113138). Her newest projects build on community and family strengths to reduce risk for substance misuse. Overall, Dr. Wexler’s participatory research program is developed with community members and leaders, and aligned with community resources, cultural values and practices, and aims to support people in context. Her work offers possibilities for behavioral health equity that are re-oriented toward dignity, pragmatism, and self-determination.