Current Research

Award of a New NIH R21/R33 Grant

Dr. Laura C. Prater’s project titled, Shared Decision-Making for Firearm Safety among Older Adults with early changes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD), received R21/R33 funding. Certain conditions, prevalent among older adults, including early cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD), place them at high-risk for firearm suicide. A new study at FIPRP will create a video tool which aims to help improve firearm safe storage and reduce decisional conflict among persons with early AD/ADRD and/or depression. Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Laura Prater and Dr. Elizabeth Phelan will focus on the WWAMI region targeting patients with early AD/ADRD and/or depression. The study hopes to learn more and assist AD/ADRD patients in shared decision making (in a primary care context) with their provider, to encourage safer firearm storage. This project will be funded by the National Institute of Health; National Institute on Aging. Funding total is $1.49 million over five years.

Addressing Rural Handgun Carrying amongst Adolescents

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and his team of researchers will collect new data on handgun carrying by conducting focus groups among adolescents aged 14-17 currently living in rural communities in Washington State. The team will use existing data on handgun carrying among a gender-balanced and diverse panel of 4,407 youth aged 12 years in 2005 living in 24 communities that participated in a 7-state randomized community trial of the Communities That Care prevention system driven by the Social Development Model. Their study is titled, Culture, Longitudinal Patterns, and Safety Promotion of Handgun Carrying Among Rural Adolescents: Implications for Injury Prevention. This project will be funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Study focuses on Firearm Suicides among Females

This study titled, Engaging Machine Learning and Data Linkage to Understand Firearm Suicide Among Females, will use the NVDRS and the Washington Violent Death Reporting System (WA-VDRS) to develop and implement a Natural Language Processing (NLP) approach to better understand and contextualize female firearm suicide. Using an NLP-enhanced WA-VDRS, linked to multiple state-level administrative datasets, Dr. Laura C. Prater and her study team will examine demographic and health care utilization patterns between cases. This study will be funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research.