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Bloomberg Professor of American Health

Daniel Webster, ScD '91, MPH, studies policies and programs intended to reduce gun violence and teaches public health approaches to violence prevention.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 580

Research Interests

violence, violence prevention; firearm injuries; gun policy; policy evaluation; domestic violence; youth violence; opioid abuse

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Michigan

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.

Select Publications

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.

  • 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.

Analyzing and Assisting Innovative City-Level Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence
Baseline Data for Evaluating a Community Initiative to Reduce Youth Homicides
Impact of Safe Streets' Outreach Workers on the Lives of Their Clients
Evaluation of the California Firearms Domestic Violence Intervention Project
Effects of a Formal Danger Assessment and Risk Communication Intervention on Actions Taken to Reduce Risks of Intimate Partner Violence
Effects of the Lethality Assessment Program on Intimate Partner Violence
Evaluation of Baltimore Policing Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
Evaluation of the Effects of Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Laws