Annmarie McMahill is the Center Manager and a Research Scientist II for the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) in the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. She holds a Masters of Prevention Science from the University of Oklahoma and undergraduate degrees from the University of Wyoming. In this role, Annmarie assists with the Center’s basic and applied research into the definition, measurement, and transformation of culture in addition to being responsible for the technical, financial, and administrative management of the Center.
She began her professional career teaching environmental and aerospace sciences in nontraditional settings. A desire to expand her teaching skills led her to the high school level where she recognized she had a passion for working with at-risk youth. After several years of traditional classroom teaching, she chose to focus her energies on the at-risk youth population and developed an independent and transitional living program for youth aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems in Wyoming. Seeing the need to strengthen the social ecology around youth she was serving directed her to the prevention field where she led a community prevention and wellness office addressing the issues of substance abuse, tobacco-free environments, child wellness, and chronic disease. Annmarie’s areas of interest continue to be focused on at-risk youth, as well as substance abuse prevention, comprehensive community development, and violence prevention.