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Yasamin Kusunoki, PhD, MPH

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

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Dr. Kusunoki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and a Faculty Associate at the Population Studies Center (PSC) and Social Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research. Prior to this, Dr. Kusunoki was an Assistant Research Scientist at PSC and SRC and an NICHD postdoctoral fellow at PSC.

Research Interests

Dr. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly the role of young people’s social contexts such as their intimate relationships, families, neighborhoods, and schools.

She is Co-I on the NICHD-funded, longitudinal study, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL), which investigates the dynamic factors that contribute to the risk of unintended pregnancy during emerging adulthood. She is PI on an NICHD-funded R03 and several internal grants from the Population Studies Center and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender using these data to examine the correlates and consequences of intimate partner violence. She is a Co-I on an NICHD-funded R03 that investigates trajectories of sexual violence victimization and perpetration among adolescents in middle and high school and a Co-PI on an Injury Center pilot grant studying attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence perpetration among emerging adults. She is also conducting translational research funded by MICHR and the Injury Center that is collecting pilot data on intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion experiences among women in reproductive health clinic settings in order to inform the development of an intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion intervention.

Her research interests include:
• Intimate partner violence
• Sexual health
• Gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities
• Neighborhood contextual influences
• Population health