Project Title: Youth Violence Interventions in the Emergency Department

Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Massey

Department: Health Services/Emergency Medicine

Telephone: 734.615.8706


Project Description: The goals and objectives for this project are in keeping with the National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives put forth in Healthy People 201010 which include: 1) Reduce physical assaults; 2) Reduce physical fighting among adolescents; 3) Reduce intentional injuries resulting from alcohol-and illicit drug-related violence; and, 4) Decrease firearm-related deaths. The proposed research is significant because: (1) there is an urgent need to translate efficacious adolescent violence interventions; (2) it addresses a critical unmet need among a high risk group of adolescents, those seeking care at an urban ED who report engaging in violent behaviors who otherwise would not be identified or offered interventions; and, (3) translation of evidence based interventions to determine reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance in clinical practice is the critical next step to wide-spread implementation of youth violence prevention protocols in ED settings. This is an innovative project in that it addresses translating an efficacious BI for violence (SafERteens) using state-of-the-art technology for training (i.e., videos, live video chat), intervention delivery (i.e., computerized tailored structure), and reminder boosters for adolescents (via text messaging) that standardize the delivery and fidelity of BIs for high-intensity urban ED settings.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:  We have many studies currently taking place in the Emergency Department at Hurley that address preventing and intervening on youth violence. The student assigned to these projects will primarily work on the Transnational study recruiting participants in the emergency department, administrating informed consent, administering surveys, and contacting participants for follow-up interviews. The student will also learn how research is conducted in a real-world setting and be able to conduct data management tasks. The student will be proficient in all privacy and confidentiality aspects of research with human subjects. The student will also have the opportunity to work on other projects that the team is conducting in the Emergency Department, including tasks such as survey testing, data cleaning, and text message writing.

Minimum Student Qualifications: