Research Focus Areas
Our robust research program examines violence, in all of its forms, through the lens of causes, consequences, and prevention. Our goal is to provide the research evidence from which informed policy and practice decisions stabilize and enhance the infrastructure of our communities.
- Causes of violence are behaviors or conditions that increase risk for violence.
- Consequences of violence may be immediately known or manifest in later years.
- Prevention of violence is the modification of violent behavior and promotion of safer communities through programs and policies.
Violence can be prevented; we can change the trajectory of one of America's most significant public health problems.
Firearm Violence Prevention Research
- Alcohol and controlled substance abuse as risk factors for subsequent criminal activity among legal handgun purchasers
- Alcohol, drug, and other prior crimes and risk of arrest in handgun purchasers
- Evaluation of California's Armed and Prohibited Persons System
- Prospective evaluation of California's Armed and Prohibited Persons System
Substance Use Research
- Evaluation of California's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Enhancements
- Evaluation of California's Prescription Drug Overdose Initiative
- Neighborhood interventions in alcohol-related homicide: a systems approach
- Prescription drug monitoring programs and opioid-related harm
- State medical marijuana laws and use and consequences since 2004
- The health and social consequences of national marijuana legalization