Marisa Ross

Director of Research & Policy

Marisa Ross

Marisa recently completed her PhD in neuroscience from the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in using concepts from graph theory to investigate the relationships amongst posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma-related changes in functional brain network topology. She also received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LaFollette School of Public affairs, during which she focused on issues of social policy, mental health, and economic inequality. Throughout her graduate studies, Marisa integrated her training in science and policy through facilitating weekly seminars with undergraduate students on topics relevant to the intersection of neuroscience and public policy. She also completed an internship with the Victims of Crime Act grants team at the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victims Services. She is excited to join the team at CORNERS to contribute her expertise in public policy, brain network analysis, and mental health following trauma exposure with CORNERS interdisciplinary research methods and novel approaches to community violence prevention.

Featured Projects

Currently, our research focuses primarily on gun violence prevention and community violence intervention (CVI), policing practices, and public safety, and we are expanding into other areas that effect neighborhood health and well-being.
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