The Office of the Vice President for Research will honor six research faculty members from across the University of Michigan for their significant contributions and leadership, including two from the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

Dr. Hsing-Fang Hsieh, co-director of the Training and Education Core at the Institute, will receive the Research Faculty Recognition Award, and Dr. Jason Goldstick, co-director of the Institute’s Data and Methods Core, will receive the Research Faculty Achievement Award. Each will be recognized at the President’s Faculty Awards event this fall.

The Research Faculty Recognition Award is presented to a research assistant professor or assistant research scientist based on exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and other activities in an academic field of study.

Dr. Hsieh joined U-M’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention as research assistant professor in 2022, and her research focuses on comprehending health disparities in firearm injury outcomes, particularly those resulting from structural racism and exposure to violence among Asian Americans. She leads a longitudinal study examining racism, firearm injury risks and resilience among Asian Americans. This project, highlighting the impact of structural and interpersonal racism, has national implications and is instrumental in shaping prevention strategies. Her work was recognized through multiple news outlets, received the Equity & Justice Award at the National Research Conference of Firearm-related Harms, and was recently featured at the National Institute for Nursing Research. Hsieh also serves as Co-Director of the Training and Education Core at the Institute, and leads its evaluation of community-based implementation of prevention strategies.

The Research Faculty Achievement Award recognizes research associate professors and associate research scientists who have made outstanding scholarly achievements, as represented by significant contributions to an academic field of study over time, a specific outstanding discovery, or the development of innovative technology or practice.

Dr. Goldstick joined Michigan Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine in 2013 as a research investigator and now serves as a research associate professor. He also serves as co-director of the data and methods core at U-M’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, as director of the statistics and methods section at the Injury Prevention Center and holds a membership with the Institute for Health Policy Innovation. 

Dr. Goldstick has led and contributed to high-impact research, most notably his work published in the New England Journal of Medicine that was the first to report that firearm injuries are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. He has also served as lead statistician on 13 large-scale clinical studies related to injury prevention. Dr. Goldstick has been the primary investigator or co-investigator of more than 40 externally funded grants, resulting in total funding of $78.5 million.

Goldstick’s research interests include the study design and analysis for behavioral health interventions, simulation-based modeling of social processes related to health behaviors (e.g., substance use) and machine learning-based approaches to clinical screening for future injuries (e.g., violence, overdose, TBI). 

“The University of Michigan is uniquely positioned to address some of society’s most pressing and urgent needs, and this is due in large part to the dedication and commitment of our talented research faculty,” said Arthur Lupia, interim vice president for research and innovation.

“As leaders who are at the forefront in advancing research, scholarship and creative practice, our faculty are steadfast in their resolve to solve complex challenges impacting communities across Michigan, the nation and globe. U-M is able to maintain its reputation as a leading public research university because of the work of our faculty.”

This year’s award recipients were selected by the Research Faculty Awards Advisory Committee and confirmed by Lupia.

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