Advisers: Evaluation of Cure Violence


Andrew Papachristos is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Northwestern Network and Neighborhood Initiative. His work aims to understand how the connected nature of cities—how their citizens, neighborhoods, and institutions are tied to one another—affect what we feel, think, and do. His main research applies network science to the study of gun violence, police misconduct, illegal gun markets, and urban neighborhoods. Dr. Papachristos earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Desmond Patton is Associated Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the founding director of SAFElab. He uses qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media and to study ways in which gang-involved youth conceptualize threats on social media and the extent to which social media shapes and facilitates youth and gang violence. Dr. Patton earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Caterina Gouvis Roman is Associate Professor in Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice. She has extensive experience studying the social ecology of neighborhoods, fear of crime, violence, and gangs. She has been PI or co-PI on more than a dozen federally-funded evaluations of violence reduction programs. Her work includes studies assessing how the personal social networks of at-risk youth and gang members influence delinquency, gun carrying, and gang membership. Dr. Roman earned the Ph.D. from American University.
Thomas Simon is Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the Associate Director for Science he provides leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities. Dr. Simon earned the Ph.D. in preventive medicine from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine.
Catherine Stayton is Director of the Injury Epidemiology Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) where she oversees the Unit’s Female Homicide and Injury Surveillance Systems and co-chairs the agency’s Domestic Violence Steering Committee. Dr. Stayton graduated from Amherst College and New York University before earning the DrPH from Columbia University.
Daniel Webster is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. His work focuses on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence, intimate partner violence, and youth violence. He earned the ScD at John Hopkins.