Gun Violence

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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.

Media contact: Jill DiSanto, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@upenn.edu

 

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Second Amendment and Gun-control Laws

Kermit Roosevelt

Professor Roosevelt is a constitutional-law expert focusing on a diverse range of issues, including the Second Amendment and the conflict of laws, including federal and state gun-control laws.

Media contact: Steven Barnes, 215-573-5181, sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

 

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Mass Killings and Mental Health

Stephen Morse

Professor Morse is a forensic psychologist and legal expert who focuses on neuroscience, mental health and criminal law.  He can discuss the legal and mental-health issues surrounding gun violence and mass killings.

Media contact: Steven Barnes, 215-573-5181, sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

 

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Advances in rapid trauma care

Dr. C. William Schwab

Dr. Schwab is a professor 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: Holly Auer, 215-349-5659, holly.auer@uphs.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.

Media contact: Joy McIntyre, 215-898-5074, joymc@nursing.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 risks of gun violence and community interventions to address depression, aggression, gun access and other issues that impact firearm use, violence, and injuries.

 

Media contact: Holly Auer, 215-349-5659, holly.auer@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 the dean of Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice.

Media contact: Jill DiSanto, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@upenn.edu

 

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Youth violence

Dr. Howard Stevenson

Dr. Stevenson of the Penn Graduate School of Education, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent anger and aggression, has created effective violence-prevention programs that engage both children and parents.

Media contact: Jill DiSanto, 215-898-4820, jdisanto@upenn.edu

 

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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."

Media contact: Steven Barnes, 215-573-5181, sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

 

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Guns and alcohol

Dr. Charles Branas

Dr. Branas is a professor of epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine.  He can discuss the geographical correlation between take-out alcohol stores and gun violence, as well as the correlation between vacant lots and gun crime, and the impact of greening urban space on health and safety.

Media contact: Katie Delach, 215-349-5964, katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu