Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program

Welcome to the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) at the University of Washington! Our mission is to reduce the impact of firearm-related harm on people's lives through interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with community, institutional, and governmental partners.

FIPRP was formed in 2019 with funding from the Washington State Legislature, building on the three-decade-long history of studying firearm injuries by researchers at the University of Washington. FIPRP is now housed in the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education within the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and collaborates with other schools and research programs across the University and other institutions. Our team of researchers is led by Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Dr. Laura Prater, Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine serves as the Associate Director of the program.

Our program supports investigations of the determinants of firearm death and injury at the individual, community, and societal level, evaluates the effectiveness of firearm laws and policies, assesses the consequences of firearm violence, and develops strategies to reduce the toll of firearm-related harm among citizens of the state and our country.

Why Study Firearm Injuries?

Firearm injuries affect us all in direct and indirect ways. Each year, about 45,000 people die due to firearm injuries sustained in different manners such as homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings in the United States. Many more individuals sustain nonfatal firearm injuries or are exposed to shootings. Firearm injuries not only cause physical damage but also lead to psychological harm to individuals, families, and communities. We believe that studying firearm-related harm is essential to understanding and finding solutions for this important public health and public safety challenge.


Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Interim Director, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

Avanti Adhia

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, School of Nursing

Beza Tadess

MPH Candidate, Epidemiology - Maternal and Child Health Track

Camerin Rencken

PhD Student, Epidemiology

Chelsea D. Hicks

PhD, MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health, Postdoctoral Scholar Fellow

Clemma Jacobsen Muller

Institute for Education and Research to Advance Community Health WSU, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Science, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Deirdre Bowen

Moccasin Lake Foundation Endowed Chair in Family Law, Seattle University

Dominique Smith

Continuing Education Specialist Academic Department, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Kristian Jones

Assistant Professor of Social Work, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth H. Weybright, PhD

Associate Professor and Adolescent Extension Specialist, Department of Human Development; College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Washington State University

Emma Chrzanowski

MPH Candidate, Department of Epidemiology

Emma L. Gause

Research Scientist, Center for Climate and Health, School of Public Health, Boston University, Researcher, Department of Epidemiology

Erika Marts

MPH Student, Department of Epidemiology, Research Assistant

Erin R Morgan

Research Assistant Professor, Elson S Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University

Frederick Rivara

Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Heather D. Hill

Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Isaac Derline

MPH Candidate, Department of Epidemiology

Jacinta Ifunanya Azie

Department of Global Health, Qualitative researcher in women & gun violence

Jeanie Santaularia

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Julia Schleimer

PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology

Julie M. Kafka

Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Postdoctoral scholar

Karin D. Martin

Associate Professor Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Kelsey Conrick

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work, Trainee, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

Laura C. Prater

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Director, Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program; UW School of Medicine

Mary D. Fan

PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Jack R. MacDonald Endowed Chair, School of Law

Nicole Asa

Doctoral Student, Department of Epidemiology

Olivia Nawal McCollum

B.S. Medical Anthropology and Global Health, MPH Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant

Pooja Ayachit

Research Assistant, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

Rachel Ross

Research Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Samantha Banks

Research Consultant, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

Vivian H. Lyons

Research Scientist, Social Development Research Group Allies in Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth

Wilson H. Hammett

PhD Student UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management

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