Faculty Profile


Justin E Heinze, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Professor, Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Dr. Heinze's research investigates how schools influence disparities in violence and other risk outcomes from an ecological perspective that includes individual, interpersonal, and contextual influences on development. He is particularly interested in structural features of school context and policy that perpetuate inequity in violence and firearm outcomes, but also how these institutions can serve as a setting for intervention.

Dr. Heinze is currently an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health and holds an appointment with the Combined Program in Education and Psychology. He completed his PhD in education psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2011. He is the Director of the National Center for School Safety, the faculty lead for Public Health IDEAS for Preventing Firearm Injury, and principal investigator of the Healthy Minds Study.

  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2009-2011
  • PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2011
  • MA, Higher Education and Administration, University of Michigan, 2004
  • BA, Personality and Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, 2003

Research Interests:
  • developmental transitions
  • school safety
  • firearm and community violence
  • mental health
  • substance use
Research Projects:

Email: jheinze@umich.edu 
Office: 734-615-4992
Twitter: @JustinHeinzePhD
Address: 3710 SPH I
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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