Daniel Webster, ScD '91, MPH, studies policies and programs intended to reduce gun violence and teaches public health approaches to violence prevention.
violence, violence prevention; firearm injuries; gun policy; policy evaluation; domestic violence; youth violence; opioid abuse
Experiences & Accomplishments
Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH is Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After serving for 21 years leading a Johns Hopkins center devoted to research on gun violence prevention, Dr. Webster now serves as Distinguished Scholar for the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solution. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence. He is co-editor and contributor to Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (JHU Press, 2013). Dr. Webster has published numerous articles on firearm policy, the prevention of gun violence, intimate partner violence, and youth violence prevention. He has studied the effects of a variety of violence prevention interventions including firearm and alcohol policies, policing strategies, street outreach and conflict mediation, and school-based curricula. Dr. Webster teaches Understanding and Preventing Violence and Crafting Effective Solutions to Gun Violence: A Problem-Solving Seminar.
Honors & Awards
Inaugural Bloomberg Professor of American Health, 2018
Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017.
Baltimore City Health Equity Leadership Award, 2016.
David Rall Award for Science-Based Advocacy, American Public Health Association, 2015.
Finalist, Marylander of the Year, The Baltimore Sun, 2013.
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health – Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Faculty induction, 2005.
Educator of the Year, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 2004.
Below is a list of recent or key publications.
Webster DW. Public Health Approaches to Reducing Community Gun Violence. Daedalus 2022; 151 (1): 38–48. https://doi.org/10.1162/daed_a_01886
McCourt AD, Crifasi CK, Stuart ES, Vernick JS, Kagawa RMC, Wintemute GJ, Webster DW. Effects of Purchaser Licensing and Point-of-Sale Background Check Laws on Firearm Homicide and Suicide in Four States. American Journal of Public Health 2020; 110:1546-1552. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305822. Epub 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32816544
Abelow H, Crifasi C, Webster DW. The legal and empirical case for firearm purchaser licensing. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2020; 48(S2):17-24. doi: 10.1177/1073110520979397. PMID: 33404297
Webster DW, Vernick JS, Eds. Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Webster DW, Wintemute GJ. Effects of policies designed to keep firearms from high-risk individuals. Annual Reviews of Public Health. 2015;36:21-37. PMID: 25581152.