Principal Investigators

Daniel Eisenberg, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Justin Heinze, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sasha Zhou, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sara Abelson, MPH

Co-Investigator
Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects

Daniel Eisenberg, PhD

Principal Investigator, Heathy Minds Network

Daniel is a Professor of Health Policy of Management in Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously he was a faculty member at University of Michigan from 2004-2020.  His training is in economics (BA and PhD, Stanford University) and mental health services research (NIMH postdoc, UC Berkeley).  His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively in mental health of young people.  He is a Principal Investigator for the Healthy Minds Network (HMN) for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health.  This research network administers the Healthy Minds Study, a national survey study of student mental health and related factors, and facilitates the development, testing, and dissemination of innovative programs and interventions for student mental health.  He is currently writing a book about investments in children’s mental health, in collaboration with Ramesh Raghavan. 

Justin Heinze, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network
Director, National Center for School Safety

Dr. Heinze is an educational psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is the director for the National Center for School Safety. His 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 who these institutions can serve as a setting for intervention.

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM is Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University-School of Public Health, where she teaches a range of graduate-level courses. Sarah completed a dual-PhD at University of Michigan in Health Services Organization and policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, her master’s from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright scholar.

Sasha Zhou, PhD, MHSA

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Study

Sasha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Wayne State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was  a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) Scholar.  Her research uses mixed methods to understand and address the mental health needs of emerging adults and college student populations with particular focus on students of color, international students, and sexual and gender minorities.

Sara Abelson, MPH

Co-Investigator
Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects

Sara has worked in higher education for more than a decade to improve mental health outcomes at colleges and universities across the US. She is a PhD candidate, Rackham Merit Fellow, and Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sara’s research addresses student mental health broadly, with a particular focus on marginalized student populations.  Her dissertation employs causal methods to investigate the effects of higher education policies on student mental health. Through her research, work with Healthy Minds, and diverse collaborations nationally, Sara is helping colleges identify how they may intervene to improve mental health and mental health equity through changing policies, structures, and practices. Sara is formerly the Vice President for Student Health & Wellness at the national nonprofit, Active Minds.  She completed her MPH at University of Michigan and her BA at Cornell University.