Introducing Nichole Burnside, New Managing Director of the U-M Injury Prevention Center


We are pleased to announce that Nichole Burnside, MBA joined us today as the new Managing Director of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center. She will take over the role from Jessica Roche as Jessica moves on to an exciting new position as the Managing Director of the new U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

We share our utmost gratitude for the many years that Jessica has spent helping build and expand the work of the Center. Starting as an intern with the Injury Center in 2010, she worked tirelessly to be able to make a difference as an injury researcher, helping to spread our regional and national influence, facilitate innovation and growth, and inspire and lead the staff and project teams here to accomplish more than we would have thought a decade ago. While we will miss her, we are excited for her next path and as she helps further the science of firearm injury prevention.

We are also extremely excited to welcome Nichole Burnside, MBA to our team. Nicole has been a part of the University of Michigan since 2001. She has extensive experience integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into her portfolio of strategic leadership, research management, and community-engaged research. 

Before joining the Injury Prevention Center, Nichole worked as the DEI Program Manager and Implementation Lead at the School of Public Health. In this role, she led the implementation of the school’s DEI strategic plan. Additionally, she has worked at the Institute for Social Research, as a Research Administrator and DEI Strategic Lead, and at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), as a Project Coordinator to increase the representation of black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in clinical research studies.

Nichole is well positioned to take the helm of the Center and help to continue to grow and expand our injury prevention work as we move forward into our next phase.

Nichole Burnside