Gun Issues/School Shootings

Ernestine C. Briggs-King
Assistant professor of psychiatry, Duke University.
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, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
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. 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
Director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy; professor of public policy, professor of psychology and neuroscience, Duke University.
Dodge's research focuses on the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents; violence prevention policy. 
(919) 451-9524 (cell);

John Fairbank
Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University; Co-director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
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, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
Goss 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
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, School of Medicine.
​Gurwitch studies the impact of trauma and disasters on children and co-authored the book “When Their Worlds Fall Apart.”
(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.
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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;