Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Violence Prevention Research Program
Inaugural Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention
Garen Wintemute is a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and the prevention of firearm violence. His work helped create the public health approach to violence prevention. Dr. Wintemute is VPRP’s director and now also directs UCFC, the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician.
Pamela A. Keach, M.S.
Pamela Keach is a Research Administrator at the University of California, Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. Previously, Pam was with UC San Francisco where she was a public health program manager, responsible for the implementation and evaluation of statewide chronic disease prevention programs. A recipient of the 2013 Arthritis Foundation, Marilyn Magaram Award for Public Health Leadership, she holds a Master of Science from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and a certificate in Health Informatics from UC Davis Extension.
Shani Buggs is an Assistant Professor with the Violence Prevention Research Program. Her primary areas of research include community-level gun violence prevention programs and policies, firearm access and availability, comprehensive approaches to reducing violence through policies and programs at the local, state, and federal levels, and intersections between drugs, drug law enforcement, and gun violence. She completed her master’s degree in Public Health and her doctorate in Health and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Rose Kagawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kagawa received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and her M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts research on violence prevention and firearm policy and has particular interest in understanding how social and environmental contexts influence violence perpetration and victimization through the life course. Current projects include estimating the effects of changes to the built environment, including the demolition of vacant and dilapidated buildings, and poverty reduction interventions on the incidence of violence.
Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz is an Assistant Professor with VPRP in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington, her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from UC Los Angeles, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses broadly on the social and policy determinants, consequences, and prevention of violence and related health outcomes over the life course and across generations, with a particular emphasis on inequities by race-ethnicity and the residential environment. She is currently the lead investigator for the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (CSaWS), a statewide, probability-based survey on a wide range of topics related to firearm ownership and exposure to violence and its consequences in California.
Dr. Hannah Laqueur is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley Law’s doctoral program in Jurisprudence & Social Policy, a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Policy & Administration from Columbia University. She specializes in criminal justice policy and the economics of crime. Her research includes work on substance use and drug policy, gun violence prevention, and machine learning methods to improve and evaluate decision-making in the criminal justice system.
Alaina De Biasi is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. Her interests include evaluating the effectiveness of community-level violence prevention initiatives, conducting community-engaged research, and understanding the role of the social and physical environments on influencing violence, perceptions of safety, and fear of crime. She completed her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.
Project Policy Analyst
Rameesha started working with the BulletPoints Project after graduating from UC Davis in 2019, and previously provided support to a diverse array of projects at the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. With a particular interest in promoting health equity through community engagement and preventive medicine, Rameesha will be applying to medical schools, hoping to incorporate both research and clinical work into her future career.
Amanda is a Research Data Analyst at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, where she uses mixed methods to study firearm violence and evaluate prevention programs and policies. She supports the development and implementation of the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (CSaWS) as well as the BulletPoints Project, an education program teaching clinicians how to reduce firearm injury among their patients. Her work emphasizes the social determinants of health and health equity. Amanda earned her MPH in Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health and her BA in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Andrew Crawford is a Research Data Analyst at the University of California, Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. His research interests include substance use and the intersection of psychological principles with health research. Previously, Dr. Crawford was an Epidemiologist at the California Tribal Epidemiology Center/California Rural Indian Health Board and a Statistician at UC San Francisco.
Project Policy Analyst
Hilary is an analyst for the BulletPoints project. She recently earned her M.P.H. from UC Davis, where she was an intern with the Wraparound program, a hospital-based violence intervention program. Her past work focused on incorporating a trauma-informed approach to community violence prevention for Sacramento youth. She is interested in continuing to promote health equity and culturally affirming care with her work at the BulletPoints Project.
Mr. McCort joined VPRP as a Research Data Analyst after earning his M.S. in Biostatistics at the University of California, Davis. His interests focus on statistical computing and research methods.
Rocco is the Director of Education for the BulletPoints Project, where she manages the development of curricula on firearm injury prevention for clinicians. She began her work at the Violence Prevention Research Program and the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center as a data analyst with particular interest in firearm policy evaluation and clinician interventions for prevention of firearm injury. She has studied provider practice recommendations and directed the What You Can Do initiative. Rocco has a background in youth development and community health. She holds an M.P.H. from Tulane University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Veronica Pear has been working as a Research Data Analyst at VPRP since 2016. She holds master’s degrees in public health (UC Berkeley, 2016) and philosophy (UC San Diego, 2012), and she is currently working toward a PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley. Her work is broadly focused on identifying the causes and consequences of firearm violence and evaluating firearm policies. Current projects include an evaluation of California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order policy and an analysis of the impact of firearm acquisition on risk of recurrent intentional injuries.
Julia Schleimer is a Research Data Analyst at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. She holds an MPH in epidemiology and the social determinants of health from Columbia University. She focuses on violence prevention, substance use, and mental health and has particular interest in the influence of social, physical, and policy contexts on health and health inequities.
Dr. Aaron Shev is a senior statistician at the Violence Prevention Research Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, Davis. Dr. Shev earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Department of Statistics at University of California, Davis. His research focuses on applications of statistical learning and predictive modeling to answer questions related to firearm violence and substance use.
Dr. Smirniotis is a Research Data Analyst at VPRP. She completed her doctorate in Computational Statistics and her Master’s degree in Statistics with a concentration in Biostatistics at San Diego State University. Her research interests include spatial modeling and machine learning.
Sydney began working with the Violence Prevention Research program as an undergraduate student employee in 2016 and now works with the team as a Research Data Analyst. She will begin a Master of Science in Nursing program at UC Davis in the summer of 2019. She plans to incorporate both research and clinical work into her future career.
Dr. Liz Tomsich is a VPRP Research Data Analyst. Liz has over ten years of experience conducting research on interpersonal violence and policy in academic and law enforcement settings. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Ms. Wright holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She has worked with Dr. Wintemute since 1985 and with the Violence Prevention Research Program since 1990. She has served as lead investigator for several VPRP studies of firearm violence.