Gun Violence

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The legality of "stop-and-frisk"

Stephanos Bibas

Professor Bibas of the Penn Law School is an ex-prosecutor whose focus includes federal firearms prosecutions and mandatory sentences for crimes involving guns. He can discuss legal issues surrounding gun violence, including "stop and frisk."

Contact: Jeanne Leong, 215-573-8151, jleong@pobox.upenn.edu

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Gun and alcohol study

Dr. Charles Branas

Dr. Branas is the lead epidemiologist for the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn and can discuss the geographical correlation between take-out alcohol stores and gun violence.

Contact: Marc Kaplan, 215-349-5660, marc.kaplan@uphs.upenn.edu

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Gun-violence survivors

Dr. Rose Cheney

Dr. Cheney, executive director of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn, is a demographer studying gun violence and community interventions. She leads research and advisory teams to inform the Pennsylvania Injury Reporting and Intervention System.

Contact: Marc Kaplan, 215-349-5660, marc.kaplan@uphs.upenn.edu

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Domestic and family violence

Dr. Richard Gelles

Dr. Gelles is an expert in all aspects of family and domestic violence, including violence against spouses, partners and children. He is also an expert on foster-care systems. He is the dean of Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice.

Contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@pobox.upenn.edu

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Psychological impact of firearm violence

Dr. Therese Richmond

Dr. Richmond of the Penn School of Nursing, research director of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn, can discuss mental illness, rehabilitation and depression following firearm violence.

Contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines,215-898-4820,jdisanto@pobox.upenn.edu or

Joy McIntyre, 215-898-5074, joymc@nursing.upenn.edu

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Advances in rapid trauma care

Dr. C. William Schwab

Dr. Schwab is chief of traumatology and surgical critical care and director of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn. He can discuss advances in trauma treatment and their effects on firearm-violence mortality.

Contact: Marc Kaplan, 215-349-5660, marc.kaplan@uphs.upenn.edu

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Policing practices

Dr. Lawrence Sherman

Dr. Sherman is a professor of criminology and director of Penn's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. He is an expert on the deterrent effect of police crackdowns in gun-crime hot spots.

Contact: Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460, jposey@pobox.upenn.edu

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Youth violence

Dr. Duane Thomas

Dr. Thomas of the Penn Graduate School of Education, co-investigator for the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, studies effective violence-prevention programs for youth.

Contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@pobox.upenn.edu

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Gun policy and violence prevention

Dr. Susan Sorenson

Dr. Sorenson of the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice studies public-health approaches to prevention of violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse and firearms.

Contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@upenn.edu