Gun Issues/School Shootings

  • Ernestine C. Briggs-King, assistant professor of psychiatry. Briggs-King works with children and families who have experienced trauma; PTSD; and mental health issues among minorities. (919) 419-3474, ext. 228, (919) 599-0572 (cell);
  • Philip J. Cook, professor emeritus of public policy, economics and sociology. A major focus of Cook’s research over 30 years has been the costs and consequences of the widespread availability of guns, and what might be done about it. His work has also focused on the prevention of alcohol-related problems through restrictions on alcohol availability. He is co-author of “Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), which develops and applies a framework for assessing costs that is grounded in economic theory, and co-editor of “Evaluating Gun Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2003). He has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (Criminal Division) and to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Enforcement Division). He was vice chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice. (919) 613-7360;
  • Kenneth Dodge, professor of early learning policy studies, and psychology and neuroscience. He is also the founding and past director of the Center for Child and Family Policy. Dodge's research focuses on the development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors. His work provides a model for understanding how some young children grow up to engage in aggression and violence and provides a framework for intervening early to prevent the costly consequences of violence for children and their communities. (919) 451-9524 (cell);
  • John Fairbank, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Fairbank's research focuses on the scope, impact, assessment and treatment of traumatic stress reactions in children and adults; PTSD; mental health services research. (He is available by email only.)
  • Kristin Goss, associate professor of public policy and political science. Goss' work focuses on the evolution of gun-related advocacy over the past decade. She is the author of “Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America” (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2009), which examines the strategic and political barriers to mass mobilization for stricter firearms regulation. Her current research focuses on why people do (or don’t) participate in political life and how these choices affect public policymaking. (703) 920-7870;
  • Robin Gurwitch, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, School of Medicine. Gurwitch studies the impact of trauma and disasters on children and is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She recently completed an appointment on the HHS National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. (919) 419-3474, (405) 659-9513 (cell);
  • Robert Murphy, associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University; director of the Center for Child & Family Health, which offers preventative, diagnostic and treatment services for children and families affected by, or at risk of, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Murphy studies the effects of violence on children, grief, traumatic stress and crisis intervention. (919) 419-3474;
  • Christopher H. Schroeder, professor of law and public policy, Duke Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy. Schroeder was appointed assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice in April 2010. Schroeder served in that post through 2012. While there, he examined current gun control policy and background checks. (919) 613-7096;
  • Jeffrey Swanson, professor of professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University School of Medicine. Swanson is principal investigator of a multi-site study on gun control laws, mental illness and prevention of violence, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Program on Public Health Law Research. (919) 818 2794;