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April Zeoli, PhD

Associate Professor

2007 PhD, Johns Hopkins University
2000 MPH, The University of Michigan
1998 BA, The University of Michigan

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April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through policy interventions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. She is currently the primary investigator on research to analyze the strength of legal firearm restrictions for perpetrators of domestic violence and their impact on intimate partner homicide, and to study the implementation of domestic violence firearm laws in selected communities. In addition, Dr. Zeoli studies homicide more generally, and has received attention for interdisciplinary research that applies an infectious disease model to the spread of homicide in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention, and a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan.


Analysis of the strength of legal firearms restrictions for perpetrators of domestic violence and their associations with intimate partner homicide.

Year: 2017 Authors: Zeoli AM, McCourt A, Buggs S, Frattaroli S, Lilley D, Webster DW. Journal: American Journal of Epidemiology.

Removing firearms from those prohibited from possession by domestic violence restraining orders: A survey and analysis of state laws

Year: 2017 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Frattaroli, S., Roskam, K., Herrera, A.K. Journal: SAGE Journals

Risks and Targeted Interventions: Firearms in Intimate Partner Violence

Year: 2015 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Malinski, R., and Turchan, B. Journal: Epidemiologic Reviews Publisher: Oxford University Press

Modeling the Movement of Homicide by Type to Inform Public Health Prevention Efforts

Year: 2015 Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Pizarro, J., Grady, S., and Melde, C. Journal: American Journal of Public Health

Homicide as Infectious Disease: Using Public Health Methods to Investigate the Diffusion of Homicide

Year: Online First Authors: Zeoli, A.M., Pizarro, J., Grady, S., and Melde, C. Journal: Justice Quarterly