The GVRC has the added benefit of guidance and leadership from two advisory boards: Scientific Advisory Board and Community Advisory Board. These two boards are comprised of national and international renown experts in the field of firearm research from outside of Rutgers University, state leaders who are well-versed in local and national health and safety policy, and local community stakeholders who bring in an “on the ground” understanding of needs and experiences of communities.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

The Scientific Advisory Board serves as a source of expert opinion to inform the GVRC priorities and strategic plan, review, and provide feedback on its progress in achieving benchmarks within priority areas and be an advocate for the center. Board members are researchers leading gun violence prevention and intervention research locally and nationally. The specific purpose of the advisory board includes the following responsibilities:

  1. Attend all advisory board meetings and events/functions as requested
  2. Serve as a source of expert opinion to inform the GVRC priorities and strategic plan
  3. Advise faculty and staff in planning, conducting, and disseminating research
  4. Review study plans to ensure scientific rigor and integrity as well as the inclusion of all appropriate groups
  5. Recommend evaluation and planning process for the Center
  6. Review and provide feedback on the GVRC progress in achieving benchmarks

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY MEMBERS

Brad Bushman, PhD

Professor of Communications, School of Communication, Ohio State University

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Catarina Roman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University

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Charles Branas, PhD

Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH

Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University Director, John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

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David Hemenway, PhD

Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center

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David Hureau, PhD, MPP

Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Stat University of New York, Albany

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Joel Fein, MD, MPH

Director of Advocacy and Health Policy, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Marc A. Zimmerman, PhD

Director, Prevention Research Center, University of Michigan Director, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center

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Nicholas Simons

Project Coordinator, Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, Rockefeller Institute of Government

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Samuel Kessel, MD, MPH

Professor of the Practice, Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

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COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

The Community Advisory Board serves as a source of community stakeholders’ opinion to inform the GVRC priorities review and provide feedback.  The specific purpose of the community advisory board may include the following responsibilities:

  1. Attend all advisory board meetings and events/functions as requested
  2. Serve as a link between the GVRC and community members
  3. Provide community insight to inform GVRC priorities and strategic plan
  4. Ensure the GVRC maintains a continuous feed-back loop with community stakeholders
  5. Offer practical knowledge that policymakers, public agencies, and other stakeholders can use to better address the needs of their communities
  6. Assist the center with planning programs, and events and with the dissemination of center research results
  7. Review and provide feedback on its progress in achieving benchmarks

MEMBERSHIP

The Community Advisory Board consists of members who are key representatives of their community and are interested in gun violence research and prevention.