Dr. Kruger is affiliated with the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI), part of a network of CDC funded academic-community research centers focused on improving health outcomes. The PRC/MI conducts community-based prevention research aimed at improving health status and reducing morbidity and mortality among populations experiencing a disproportionate share of poor health outcomes. Dr. Kruger leads the biennial Speak to Your Health! Community Survey in Genesee County and is the Lead Evaluator for the Genesee County Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the United States (REACH US). He studies several areas from an evolutionary perspective, often informed by Life History Theory, and conducts basic research as well as implementing practical applications.
NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship, Psychosocial Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2001-2003
Ph.D., Applied Social Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2001
M.A., Applied Social Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 1999
B.S., Psychology, Le Moyne College, 1995
B.S., Biology, Le Moyne College, 1995
Research Interests & Projects
Life History Theory
Altruism, cooperation, competition, and resource use
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Kruger, D. J., Munsell, M.A., & French-Turner, T. (2011). Using a life history framework to understand the relationship between neighborhood structural deterioration and adverse birth outcomes Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5, 260-274.
Kruger, D.J. (2011). Evolutionary theory in Public Health and the public health of evolutionary theory Futures, 43, 762-770.
Kruger, D.J. (2010). Socio-demographic factors intensifying male mating competition exacerbate male mortality rates Evolutionary Psychology, 194-204.
Kruger, D.J., Hamacher, L., Strugar-Fritsch, D., Shirey, L., Renda, E., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2010). Facilitating the development of a county health coverage plan with data from a community based health survey Journal of Public Health Policy, 199-211.
Kruger, D.J., De Loney, E. H. (2009). The association of incarceration with community health and racial health disparities Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 109-117.
Kruger, D.J., Shirey, L.A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Skorcz, S., Brady, J.S. (2009). Using a community-based health survey as a tool for informing local health policy Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 47-53.
Kruger, D.J., Reischl, T.M., Zimmerman, M.A. (2008). Time perspective as a mechanism for functional developmental adaptation Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 1-22.
Kruger, D.J., Hutchison, P., Monroe, M.G., Reischl, T. & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2007). Assault Injury Rates, Social Capital, and Fear of Neighborhood Crime Journal of Community Psychology, 483-498.
Kruger, D.J., Reischl, T.M., & Gee, G.C. (2007). Neighborhood social conditions mediate the association between physical deterioration and mental health American Journal of Community Psychology, in press.
Kruger, D.J., & Nesse, R. M. (April, 2006). An evolutionary life-history framework for understanding sex differences in human mortality rates Human Nature, 74-97.
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Public Health Association
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
International Society for Human Ethology
North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society
Society for Community Research and Action
Consequential Epidemiology Award for Top Oral Presentation, 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (2005). University of Michigan Research Faculty Recognition Award (2009, 1 of 2 university-wide).