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Solutions for a Safer and Healthier Tomorrow

Promoting social justice and community development by conducting applied, community-based and interdisciplinary research on the causes and prevention of violence, and by educating and training
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Our faculty and staff regularly publish research findings and evaluation outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and magazines, and have published a number of whole books as well. One of our researchers even has their own blog, and another hosts their own podcast!

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In the Media

Local and national media outlets often seek out our researchers to discuss our research findings as it relates to current events or topics of interest. The Begun Center is regularly quoted or cited as experts on a number of topics related to violence prevention and mental/behavioral health.

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Take a Listen

The U.S. Surgeon General declared gun violence a public health crisis because of the fast-growing number of injuries and deaths involving firearms. Mindy Drayer talks with Daniel Flannery, the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth Begun professor and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, on what the declaration means.