NEWS | July 6, 2018

Violence Prevention Research Program epidemiologists recognized for leading-edge studies


Kara Rudolph, assistant professor of emergency medicine and a researcher with the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis, receieved the Lilienfeld Postdoctoral Prize Paper award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Rudolph's research interests are in developing and applying causal inference methods to help better understand social and contextual influences on mental health, substance use, and violence in disadvantaged, urban areas of the United States.

Kara Rudolph
Kara Rulolph

Her current work, funded with a grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, focuses on developing methods to transport mediation effects from one population to another and applying those methods to understand how aspects of the school and peer environments mediate relationships between neighborhood factors and adolescent drug use.

Rudolph earned a doctoral degree in Epidemiology and master’s degree in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar.

Veronica Pear, a research data analyst with the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research, received a best-of-session first place prize in Session 3 for her poster presentation on recurrent firearm assault injuries. The study is designed to inform clinical decision making and hospital-based interventions by identify risk factors for recurrent assaultive firearm injury and death among individuals with an initial firearm assault injury.

Veronica Pear
Veronica Pear

"We are evaluating the risks associated with demographic characteristics, time since index injury, location, hospital payment source, a history of assault-related injuries, a history of mental health or substance abuse diagnoses, and community-level sociodemographic features." Pear said. "Preliminary results suggest that each firearm assault injury suffered increases the hazard of a subsequent fatal or nonfatal firearm assault injury, and that male sex and black race are associated with increased risk of recurrence."

The Society for Epidemiologic Research aims to keep epidemiologists at the vanguard of scientific developments. It sponsors the American Journal of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Reviews, as well as an annual meeting which includes the John C. Cassel Memorial Lecture, Tyroler Student Prize Paper, contributed papers, symposia, and posters on a wide range of issues.