Emily J. Ozer PhD

Professor, Community Health & Human Development
Director, Health and Social Behavior Program
Research Interests: 
  • School and community-based interventions
  • Promotion of mental and physical health among adolescents
  • Violence prevention
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Selected Publications: 

Ozer, E.J. Youth-Led Participatory Action Research. In L. Jason & D. Glenwick (Eds.), Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research: Oxford University Press. In press.

Ozer, E.J., & Russo, I. Development and Context. Handbook of Community Psychology: American Psychological Association. In press.

Ozer EJ, Lavi I, Douglas L, Wolf JP. Protective Factors for Youth Exposed to Violence in Their Communities: A Review of Family, School, and Community Moderators. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2015 Jun 26:1-26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26114611. [PubMed - as supplied by publisher.]

Pachucki MC, Ozer EJ, Barrat A, Cattuto C. Mental health and social networks in early adolescence: a dynamic study of objectively-measured social interaction behaviors. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Jan;125:40-50. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.015. Epub 2014 Apr 15. PMID: 24797692. [PubMed - in process.]

Berglas NF, Constantine NA, Ozer EJ. A rights-based approach to sexuality education: conceptualization, clarification and challenges. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2014 Jun;46(2):63-72. doi: 10.1363/46e1114. Epub 2014 May 1. PMID: 24785652. [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE.]

Maslowsky J, Ozer EJ. Developmental trends in sleep duration in adolescence and young adulthood: evidence from a national United States sample. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun;54(6):691-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.10.201. Epub 2013 Dec 18. PMID: 24361237. [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE.] Free PMC Article. 

Ozer EJ, Newlan S, Douglas L, Hubbard E. "Bounded" empowerment: analyzing tensions in the practice of youth-led participatory research in urban public schools. Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Sep;52(1-2):13-26. doi: 10.1007/s10464-013-9573-7. PMID: 23444005. [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE.

Ozer EJ, Douglas L. The impact of participatory research on urban teens: an experimental evaluation. Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Mar;51(1-2):66-75. doi: 10.1007/s10464-012-9546-2. PMID: 22875686. [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE.]

Ozer, E.J., & Wright, D. (2012). Beyond school spirit: The effects of youth-led participatory action research in two urban high schools. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(2), 267-283.

Ozer, E., & Douglas, L. (2012). The impact of participatory research on urban teens: An experimental evaluation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-10.

Ozer, E.J., & Douglas, L. (2012). Assessing the key processes of youth-led participatory research: Psychometric analysis and application of an observational rating scale. Youth & Society.

Ozer, E.J., Fernald, L. C., Weber, A., Flynn, E. P., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2011). Does alleviating poverty affect mothers' depressive symptoms? A quasi-experimental investigation of Mexico's Oportunidades programme. International Journal of Epidemiology, 40(6), 1565-1576.

Ozer, E.J., Flores, E., Tschann, J.M., & Pasch, L.A. (2011). Parenting style, depressive symptoms, and substance use in Mexican American adolescents. Youth & Society.

Ozer, E. J., & Schotland, M. (2010). Psychological empowerment among urban youth: Measure development and relationship to psychosocial functioning. Health Education and Behavior, 38(4), 348-356.

Ozer, E.J., Ritterman, M., Wanis, M. (2010). Participatory Action Research (PAR) in middle school: Opportunities, constraints, and key processes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46:152-166.

Ozer, E.J., Wanis, M., and Bazell, N. (2010). Diffusion of school-based prevention programs in two urban districts: Adaptations, rationales, and suggestions for change. Prevention Science, 11:42-55.

Ritterman ML, Fernald LC, Ozer EJ, Adler NE, Gutierrez JP, Syme SL. (2009). Objective and subjective social class gradients for substance use among Mexican adolescents. Social Science and Medicine; 68(10):1843-51.

Ozer, E.J., Fernald, L.C.H., Manley, J., Gertler, P. (2009). Effects of a conditional cash transfer program on the behavior problems of young children living in poverty. Pediatrics, 123(4):e630-7.

Fernald, L.C.H., Hamad, R., Ozer, E.J., Karlan, D., Zinman, J. (2008). Micro-credit and mental health: A randomized experiment among South African adults. BMC Public Health, Dec 16(8): 409.

Ozer, E.J. Cantor, J.P., Cruz, G.W., Fox, B., Hubbard, E. and Moret, L. (2008). The diffusion of youth-led participatory research in urban schools: The role of the prevention support system in implementation and sustainability. American Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 278-289.

Ozer, E.J., Wolf, J.P., & Kong, C. (2008). Sources of school connection among ethnically-diverse urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(2), 438-470.

Ozer, E.J. (2007). The effects of school gardens on students and schools: Conceptualization and considerations for maximizing healthy development. Health Education and Behavior, 34(6), 846-863.

Lieberman, A., Van Horn P, & Ozer, E. J. (2005). Preschooler witnesses of marital violence: Predictors and mediators of child behavior problems. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 385-396.

Ozer, E.J. (2005). The impact of violence on urban adolescents: Longitudinal effects of perceived school connection and family support. Journal of Adolescent Research, 20(2), 167-192.

Ozer, E.J. & Weiss, D.S. (2004). Who develops Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13(4), 169-172.

Ozer, E.J., Tschann, J.M., Pasch, L.A., & Flores, E. (2004). Violence perpetration across peer and partner relationships: Co-occurrence and longitudinal patterns among adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 34, 64-71.

Ozer, E.J., Best, S., Weiss, D.S., & Lipsey, T. (2003) Predictors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 129(1), 52-73.

Other interests: 
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor's Award for Research in the Public Interest 2015
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, Stanford 2011-2012
  • William T. Grant Foundation Scholar 2006-2011
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program (Affiliated Faculty)
  • UCSF Postdoctoral Program in Psychology and Medicine (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Regional Coordinator, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Divison 27)
Profile Updated: September 3, 2015