Gun Violence

Gun violence is happening almost daily in small towns and larger, urban areas across the U.S. The University of Pennsylvania has a variety of experts to discuss the many perspectives related to gun violence—from the medical treatment of gunshot victims to the policies surrounding domestic violence and firearms.

Therese Richmond

Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

For more than two decades, Dr. Richmond has studied the physical and psychological toll of injuries and trauma. Using nursing science, she works to determine ways to prevent firearm violence and injury and improve outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. She co-founded the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn, now called the Penn Injury Science Center, which performs research, provides training, and translates scientific discoveries into practice and policy.



Michele W. Berger | 215-898-6751 | mwberger@upenn.edu


Ed Federico | 215-746-3562 | efed@nursing.upenn.edu


Susan B. Sorenson

Professor of Social Policy, Professor of Health & Societies, Senior Fellow in Public Health, director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships
School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Sorenson has a unique interdisciplinary background in epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. She moved to Penn in 2006 after more than 20 years at the UCLA School of Public Health. Since 1986, she has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence—the first violence-prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She currently teaches three courses that she developed: “Foundations of Public Health,” “Guns & Health,” and “Non-stranger Violence.”



Michele W. Berger | 215-898-6751 | mwberger@upenn.edu


Jessica Bautista | 215-573-8408 | bajess@sp2.upenn.edu


Howard Stevenson

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

One of the nation’s leading authorities on effective parenting and African-American psychology, Dr. Stevenson can discuss how parents can talk to children about violence and tragedies. He can discuss behavioral indicators that a child might be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, youth resiliency and the psychological adjustment of children, adolescents and families, particularly after a horrific event.



Kat Stein | 215-898-9642 | katstein@gse.upenn.edu