April 24, 2019

Experts on gun violence and gun policy

Author: UCR News
April 24, 2019


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Gun violence and gun policy


Steven Clark, Emeritus professor of psychology

Clark has done extensive research on eyewitness memory and identification and has consulted with law enforcement and defense and prosecuting attorneys. Serves on the board of directors for the Association for Criminal Justice Research in California.

Contact: steven.clark@ucr.edu

Benjamin Newman, Associate professor of public policy and political science

Expertise covers the political consequences of demographic change and the criminal justice system, among other areas. His research suggests that people who live closer to mass shootings are more likely to support increased gun control.

Contact: bnewman@ucr.edu 

Kate Sweeny, Associate professor of psychology

Expert in the psychology of uncertainty, including in the wake of mass violence. Her research speaks to the often-overwhelming distress people experience during acute moments of uncertainty, the consequences of this distress for health and well-being, and strategies people can use to survive these experiences.

Contact: ksweeny@ucr.edu 

Aerika Brittian Loyd,  Associate professor of psychology

Loyd is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged developmental scientist, who employs psychology, human development, and prevention science theories to understand how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity inform health and development for youth and young adults of color. Her expertise with regard to gun violence is in teen mental health and coping with traumatic events, additionally racially motivated acts of violence. 

Contact: aerika.loyd@ucr.edu