Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Paul Robeson Campus Center 
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102

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Angela Centellas 
Rutgers Center on Gun Violence Research 
(732) 235-4043 

Preventing Gun Violence Research Symposium 

Gun violence remains a public health problem throughout the United States with nearly 100,000 gun-related incidents annually, about one-third of which end in death. Despite having more comprehensive gun laws and fewer deaths than other states, gun violence accounts for an average of 475 deaths and countless more injuries each year in New Jersey.

This interdisciplinary research symposium will feature presentations from Rutgers faculty as well as guest researchers in public health, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and social work, exchanging knowledge around the causes, consequences and solutions to gun-related violence.



8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Registration, and Networking

9:30 a.m.  – 9:50 a.m. 

Opening Remarks & Opening Keynote

9:50 a.m.  – 10:10 a.m. 

Welcome and Overview

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is an epidemiologist with expertise in prevention science. In the last decade her work has focused on developing environmental strategies and structural interventions for violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention in high-risk and urban settings. She has worked with local and national policy makers to improve data driven decision-making and include ‘health in all policies.'

11:10 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Gun Violence Research in Action Panel:

This panel will feature presentations from community organizations that have applied research to develop programs that address a component of gun violence.  These organizations will highlight community-based strategies to guide the prevention of gun violence.

12:00 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Regional Efforts for Gun Safety Panel:

This panel will consist of short presentations from national researchers and highlight plans for cross-state collaborative research and multi-state project opportunities.

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Gun Violence NJ Experts in the Field Panel:

This panel will provide insight into the projects, data elements, and results or findings that are being moved forward by NJ’s non-academic research and policy analysts.

3:05 p.m. – 3:20.m.

Remarks on Internal Seed Funding

Research Core Director

3:20 p.m. – 4:20: p.m.

GVRC Grantee Light Speed Panel:  

This panel will feature presentations from all 8 awardees of the Center’s 2019 Internal Funding Program

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Audience Q&A

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks