Crime & Justice Policy

Marizen Ramirez

  • Faculty Affiliate, Crime and Justice Policy Research Program
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


Marizen Ramirez is an epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in conducting research on injury, violence and disaster preparedness particularly in underserved, high-risk minority populations including children, racial/ethnic minority groups, workers and rural populations. She has conducted quasi-experimental and randomized controlled trials to evaluate interventions such as laws and policies in schools and in the workplace, disaster preparedness programs in rural communities, and Trauma-Informed Care interventions for child victims of trauma. Ramirez's funding portfolio includes grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the National Institute of Justice, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, she serves as Director of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, which trains the next generation of occupational health professionals.

Research Interests

  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Policy evaluation
  • Intervention design and testing
  • Health equity
  • Bullying and youth violence
  • Occupational injuries

Educational Background

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California-Los Angeles, 2002
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1998