The GVRC Postdoctoral’s will support the Leadership Team on center research projects focused on firearm suicide prevention and behavior, interpersonal violence, intimate partner violence, and a host of other gun violence related topics.

John F. Gunn III, PhD

Rutgers University Alumni

John received a B.A. from Stockton University, an M.A. from Rutgers University – Camden in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Family Science & Human Development from Montclair State University. John joined the GVRC from May 2019 to July 2021 as a postdoctoral associate, where his research focused on gun violence with an emphasis on suicide behavior. John joined the faculty of Gwynedd Mercy University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Fall 2021.

Research interests: Risk & Protective Factors for Suicidal Behavior (such as access to a firearm); Social Connectedness and Suicide; Theoretical Models of Suicidal Behavior; Impact of Media on Suicide.

Center projects: While at the center, Dr. Gunn III worked on exploring the impact of firearm regulations on gun death rates (homicide & suicide), the role of gun retail workers in identifying and preventing suicide, the impact of firearm regulations on youth gun carrying behavior, and a number of non-firearm related research projects (e.g., the role of peer victimization in suicidal thoughts and behavior). > View John's CV

Esprene Liddell-Quintyn, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Esprene received her B.A. from University of Guyana W.I., an M.A. from Penn State Harrisburg, and a doctorate in Community Psychology from the University of Miami. As a GVRC Postdoctoral, her research will focus on gun violence, with an emphasis on intimate partner violence (IPV) among Black, Caribbean, and immigrant populations. Dr. Liddell-Quintyn is intentional about moving beyond traditional approaches that rely on intrapsychic treatment models. Instead, it focuses on partnering with communities to co-create systemic solutions that target intimate partner violence among people of color. As a Community-Engaged Scholar (CES), she employs qualitative methodologies to examine intimate partner violence and grounds her research in Community Based Participatory (CBPR) research. CBPR is a philosophical paradigm that emerged from recognizing the limits of conducting research on communities instead of with communities. It includes principles of working with community partners on matters they identify as relevant and salient to their needs.

Research interests: Intimate partner violence, Black women, Caribbean, and immigrant women.

Current projects: Esprene's work extends to the Caribbean community, where she is invested in contributing her service to the Caribbean region. Internationally, she currently serves as the co-chair of the Early Scholars Committee for the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP). In this role, she plans workshops, mentoring sessions, and social events for Caribbean students and early career professionals living in the Caribbean and across the diaspora. > View Esprene's CV

GVRC Scholars

The GVRC doctoral students will work alongside the Leadership Team and Postdoctoral students on GVRC research projects. These scholars will gain first-hand understanding, exposure, and experience in gun violence research.

Sam Daruwala, M.A.

Fifth Year SEDL Doctoral Student

Sam’s interests include military suicide prevention, help seeking for suicidal thoughts, and the role of firearms in suicide. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Durham VAMC. > View Sam's CV

Jordan Costa, M.A.

Fourth Year PhD Candidate at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Jordan's research interests centers on the intersection of public health and public safety with a specific focus on structural violence, community-led and trauma-informed violence reduction strategies, as well as hospital-based violence intervention programs. > View Jordan's CV

Taylor Rodriguez, M.S.

Third year SEDL Doctoral Student at Rutgers University

Taylor's is primarily interested in traits (e.g., personality, sociodemographic variables) and preferences of clients and therapists as they relate to psychotherapy process and outcomes. > View Taylor's CV

Shelby Bandel, M.S.

Third year SEDL Doctoral Student at Rutgers University

Shelby's interests include firearm suicide prevention, credible messengers, non-suicidal self-injury, emotion dysregulation, and the association between sleep and suicide. > View Shelby's CV

Allison Bond, B.A.

Second year SEDL doctoral student

Allison's research interests include suicide prevention in the military, capability for suicide, and the intersection of trauma and suicide. > View Allison's CV

Kayla Wagler, B.S

Project Manager

Kayla Wagler, B.S. is the project manager for Project Safe Guard. She plays an invaluable role in the daily needs of our current clinical trial. Kayla plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the near future focusing on suicide prevention intervention research. Her interests include interactions of anxiety and suicide, and the specific needs of minority populations. > View Kayla’s CV