NEWS | April 7, 2016

Behavioral Health Center of Excellence holds seminar on Firearm Violence and Mental Illness


Each year in the United States, firearm violence results in approximately 30,000 deaths and 75,000 nonfatal injuries to patients seen in hospital emergency rooms. Garen Wintemute, internationally renowned director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health System, will discuss “Firearm Violence and Mental Illness.”

Gun violence is responsible for 30,000 deaths and 75,000 non-fatal injuries in the United States each year. Gun violence is responsible for 30,000 deaths and 75,000 non-fatal injuries in the United States each year.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Health System Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222. Reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis.

Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician, is the Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis and a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention of gun violence. His longstanding commitment to understanding its underlying causes has produced a uniquely rich and informative body of research that directly improves the health and safety of Americans, and has positioned California and UC Davis as national leaders in efforts to break the cycle of firearm related injury and death.

Wintemute will be joined by Amy Barnhorst, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who will explore the relationship between mental illness and firearm violence, and firearm legislation that is aimed at people with psychiatric disorders. Her academic interests include violence and mental illness, international psychiatry, community mental-health delivery systems and wilderness medicine.

“Central to the mission of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is support and expansion of powerful mental-health research that can inform public policy,” said center Director Cameron Carter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “Doctors Wintermute and Barnhorst provide some remarkable insights that will shed light on one of the United States’ most important public-health problems: firearm violence and its complex relationship to mental illness.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP before April 28 at The Education Building is located at 4610 X St., Sacramento. Parking is available for $2 per hour in Parking Structure 3, at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and X Street. For further information, please contact Amanda Berry, 916-734-4349;

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis was launched Oct. 1, 2014, with initial funding from the California Mental Health Services Act. The center bridges research mental health public policy and treatment for people with psychiatric disorders to improve their lives and those of their families and loved ones. 

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