Rebecca Cunningham, MD

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Dr. Cunningham is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health.  In 2017, she was named Associate Vice President for Research, Health Sciences, for the University of Michigan, a university-level leadership position for which she will work closely with the Office of Research leadership team to facilitate and energize the university’s research agenda across all schools, colleges, institutes, and centers in the area of health sciences.

Dr. Cunningham, formerly director of the University's Injury Research Center (precursor to the Injury Center), has a distinguished career in researching intentional injury and substance use prevention, particularly of youth and young adult populations. Her expertise is in Emergency Department (ED)-based research on substance use, violence, and other negative outcomes, particularly among children, and the development and application of behavioral interventions in the ED setting. In directing the Injury Center (one of nine centers in the nation), Dr. Cunningham conceptualizes, oversees, and guides the short and long-term missions of the Injury Center. She has led large multidisciplinary teams of investigators through the conduct of several R01 proposals, including longitudinal studies evaluating interventions, service utilization, and mental health outcomes among youth with assault-related injury (NIDA, Project FYI), and the subsequent five-year methodological cohort evaluation. In addition, Dr. Cunningham and her team have developed and successfully implemented behavioral interventions focused on reducing substance use among underage drinkers seeking ED care (NIAAA, Project U Connect) with a focus on cutting-edge technology-delivered interventions (Web based, text based, computer augmented). Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the development of such global projects as the medical, nursing, and post-graduate education of emergency medicine content in Ghana colleagues (Fogarty). 

Dr. Cunningham concurrently continues her work as a practicing Emergency Department physician at the University of Michigan.

Find out more about Dr. Cunningham's research on ResearchGate or via Michigan Experts.