Rick Zimmerman, PhD

Rick Zimmerman, PhD


 344 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Office hours

 By appointment.

Rick Zimmerman, PhD


 • BS (Sociology) – Stanford University
• MS (Sociology) – University of Wisconsin-Madison
• PhD (Sociology) – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

• HIV/STD/Teen Pregnancy Prevention
• Models of Health Behavior Change
• Methods to Improve Validity of Self-Reports of Sensitive


Selected publications

 Book, last 6 years

Zimmerman, R. S., DiClemente, R., Andrus, J., & Hosein, E. (Eds.). (April, 2015). Global Health Promotion. San Francisco: Wiley/Jossey-Bass.

Peer-reviewed journal articles, last 6 years

Melendez-Torres, G., Spencer, T., Ingram, L., Pettengill, R., Mullman, M., Otterbein, M., Stein, R., Kilburn, & Zimmerman, R. S. (in press). Quasi-experimental evaluation of The Grassroot Project, a sport-based sexual health promotion program for urban middle school students. American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Jennings Mayo-Wilson, L., Benotsch, E. G., Grigsby, S. R., Wagner, S., Timbo, F., Poteat, T., Cathers, L., Sawyer, A. N., Smout, S. A., & Zimmerman, R. S. (in press). BMC Public Health, 20:782.

Charney, R., Tener, V., Lavin, R., Zimmerman, R. S. & Bender. A. (In press). Ready to respond: A survey of interdisciplinary healthcare students and administrators on disaster management competencies. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Lavin, R., Tener, V., Charney, R., Zimmerman, R. S., & Bender, A. (In press). Zika and Flint water public health emergencies: Disaster training toolkits relevant to pregnant women and children. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

Won, S., Anderman, E.M., & Zimmerman. (2019). Longitudinal relations of classroom goal structures to students’ motivation and learning outcomes in health education. Journal of Educational Psychology, Aug 15 , 2019, (online first). http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000399

Coltart, C.E.M., Hoppe, A., Parker, M., Dawson, L., Amon, J. G., et al. (2018). Ethical considerations in global HIV phylogenetic research. Lancet HIV, 5 (11), e656-666.

Zimmerman, R. S., & Kirschbaum, A. (2017). News of biomedical advances in HIV: relationship to treatment optimism and expected risk behavior in US MSM. AIDS & Behavior, 22, 367-378.

Tannenbaum, M. B., Hepler, J., Zimmerman, R. S., Saul, L., Jacobs, S., Wilson, K., & Albarracin, D. (2015). Appealing to fear: A meta-analysis of fear appeal effectiveness and theories. Psychological Bulletin, 141 (6), 1178-1204.

Zimmerman, R. S., Benotsch, E. G., Shoemaker, S., Snipes, D. J., Cathers, L., Perrin, P. B., McMillan, D., Pierce, J., McNulty, S., & Heck, T. (2015). Mediational models linking psychosocial context, mental health problems, substance use and HIV risk behaviors in transgender women. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 3(1), 379-390. DOI: 10.1080/21642850.2015.1093423

Benotsch, E.G., Zimmerman, R.S., Cathers, L., Pierce, J., McNulty, S., Heck, T., Perrin, P.B., & Snipes, D.J. (2015). Non-medical use of prescription drugs and HIV risk behavior in transgender women in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. International Journal of STD & AIDS, July 15, 1758-1052.

Boyson, A., Zimmerman, R. S., & Shoemaker, S. (2015). Exemplification of HAART & HIV/AIDS: A news experiment. Health Communication, 30, 901-910.

Benotsch, E. G., Zimmerman, R. S., Cathers, L., Heck, T., McNulty, S., Pierce, J., Perrin, P. B., & Snipes, D. J. (2014). Use of the internet to meet sexual partners, sexual risk behavior, and mental health in transgender adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 27 November, published online.

Chaisamrej, R., & Zimmerman, R. S. (2014). A comparative investigation of TPB and altruism frameworks for an empirically based communication approach to enhance paper recycling. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 13(1), 28-37.

Hsueh, K-H., Bachman, J. A., Richardson, L. I., Cheng, W-Y., & Zimmerman, R. (2014). Mechanisms through which reciprocal filial values protect wellbeing of Chinese adult-child caregivers in the US. Research in Nursing & Health, 37(2), 155-166.

Kaufman, M. R., Cornish, F., Zimmerman, R. S., & Johnson B. T. (2014). Health behavior change models for HIV prevention: Practical recommendations for a multi-level approach. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 66 (suppl 3), S250-S278.

Zimmerman, R.S., Morisky, D. E., Harrison, L., & Mark, H. (2014). Validity of behavioral measures as proxies for HIV-related outcomes. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 66 (suppl 3), S285-S292.

Zimmerman, R.S., Cupp, P. K., Abadi, M. H., Donohew, R. L., Gray, C,. Gordon, L., & Grossl, A. B. (2014). The effects of framing and fear on ratings and impact of anti-marijuana PSAs. Substance Use & Misuse, 49 (7), 824-835.

Noar, S. M., Zimmerman, R. S., Palmgreen, P., Cupp, P. K., Floyd, B. R., & Mehrotra, P. (2014). Development and implementation of mass media campaigns to delay sexual initiation among African American and White youth. Journal of Health Communication,19(2), 152-169.

Honors and Awards

 2001 Researcher of the Year, College of Communications and Information Studies, University of Kentucky
1978 Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University

Current Research

 Micro-economic intervention to reduce HIV in transgender women. R34 funding from National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).

Courses taught by Rick Zimmerman, PhD

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023 (current)

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