People of the Injury Prevention Center

Lisa Wexler, PhD

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan




Dr. Lisa Wexler is Professor of Social Work and Research Professor with the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

Dr Wexler's research focuses on three overlapping and complimentary areas that address both scientific and community priorities: suicide prevention, wellness/resilience and learning. Her research engages participants in all levels of the process, responds to cultural and community priorities, and builds on and promotes personal and collective assets. Currently, she is working with community partners and academics to pilot Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) (NIMH R34096884), which uses critical pedagogy to mobilize community members for strategic and collaborative suicide prevention and wellness initiatives. Additionally, her present work utilizes Intergenerational Dialogue Exchange and Action (IDEA)-a participatory research method-to engage young people in efforts to find local strengths, skills and wisdom through cross-generational and community-based investigations that-through the effort--enhance youth possibilities for action and strengthen their social connections within and outside of their home communities. Dr. Wexler's research projects include:
- Promoting Community Conversations about Research to end Native Youth Suicide in Rural Alaska. (Lisa Wexler) 2019-2023. NIMH.
- Alaska Native Resilience Study. (Lisa Wexler) 2019-2022. NIMH.
- Family Safety Net: Developing an Upstream Suicide Prevention Approach to Encourage Safe Firearm Storage in Rural and Remote Alaskan Homes (NIH)