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Violence Prevention
Research Program

Our Team


Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Violence Prevention Research Program
Inaugural Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention

Garen Wintemute is a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and the prevention of firearm violence, which results in approximately 30,000 deaths a year and approximately 75,000 nonfatal injuries seen in hospital emergency departments. In the 1980s, he was among the first to look at the problem of guns and violence as a public-health issue and emphasize the importance of prevention, even for clinicians. At that time, guns and the violence associated with them were considered as a mental-health or crime problem. His current research addresses risk factors for involvement in violence among firearm owners and violence prevention interventions.

Magdalena Cerdá, M.P.H., Dr.PH.
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Vice Chancellor's Endowed Chair in Violence Prevention

Magdalena Cerdá is the Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Violence Prevention, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Cerdá obtained her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program. In her research, Dr. Cerdá integrates approaches from social and psychiatric epidemiology to examine how social contexts shape violent behavior, substance use and common forms of mental illness. Her research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence; and (2) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood.


Pamela A. Keach, M.S.
Research Administrator
Phone: (916) 734-3168

Pamela Keach joined University of California, Davis and the Violence Prevention Research Program in 2014 as a Research Administrator. Previously affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, Pam has more than 13 years as a Program Manager working with local lead agencies and community based organizations to implement and evaluate chronic disease prevention programs. Prior to that, she served in a variety of senior management roles in the healthcare industry. Pam is the recipient of the 2013 Arthritis Foundation, Marilyn Magaram Award for Public Health Leadership. She holds a Master of Science from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and a certificate in Health Informatics from UC Davis Extension.

Vanessa McHenry
Operations Assistant
Phone: (916) 734-3539

Ms. McHenry serves as operations assistant for the Violence Prevention Research Program. She is also the program's personnel and financial assistant. She has been with the Violence Prevention Research Program since 1992.

Mona A. Wright, M.P.H.
Research Associate

Ms. Wright holds a masters degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She has worked with Dr. Wintemute since 1985 and with the Violence Prevention Research Program since 1990.