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.
- Community-based prevention system linked to reduced handgun carrying among youth growing up in rural areas
- New Gun Violence Chapter in Handbook of Epidemiology
Classifying Firearm Injury Intent in Electronic Hospital Records Using Natural Language Processing | Electronic Health Records | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network
Rural-Urban Variation in the Association of Adolescent Violence and Handgun Carrying in the United States, 2002-2019 | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network
Detecting intimate partner violence circumstance for suicide: development and validation of a tool using natural language processing and supervised machine learning in the National Violent Death Reporting System | Injury Prevention (bmj.com)
Examining Intimate Partner Violence-Related Fatalities: Past Lessons and Future Directions Using U.S. National Data - PMC (nih.gov)
Kafka receives 2023 Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award - UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Openness to Church-based Firearm Safety Interventions Among Protestant Christian Firearm Owners.
Race, structural racism and racial disparities in firearm homicide victimisation | Injury Prevention (bmj.com)
Characterizing Female Firearm Suicide Circumstances: A Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Approach - American Journal of Preventive Medicine (ajpmonline.org)
Why don’t parents like their kids to play with toy guns? (theconversation.com)
UW FIPRP Investigators Receive Fund for a Safer Future award to study the risk of subsequent firearm and non-firearm violence perpetration among individuals with a former felony or domestic violence misdemeanor conviction who had their firearm rights restored.
Ali Rowhani-RahbarBartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Interim Director, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program
Avanti AdhiaAdjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Clemma Jacobsen MullerInstitute for Education and Research to Advance Community Health WSU, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Science, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Elizabeth H. Weybright, PhDAssociate Professor and Adolescent Extension Specialist, Department of Human Development; College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Washington State University
Emma L. GauseResearch Scientist, Center for Climate and Health, School of Public Health, Boston University, Researcher, Department of Epidemiology
Erin R MorganResearch Assistant Professor, Elson S Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University
Frederick RivaraVice Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
Kelsey ConrickPhD Candidate, School of Social Work, Trainee, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program
Laura C. PraterResearch Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Director, Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program; UW School of Medicine
Mary D. FanPhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Jack R. MacDonald Endowed Chair, School of Law
Olivia Nawal McCollumB.S. Medical Anthropology and Global Health, MPH Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant
Vivian H. LyonsResearch Scientist, Social Development Research Group Allies in Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth
Wilson H. HammettPhD Student UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
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