The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention is guided by external committees that provide external scientific expertise, community stakeholder perspectives and insight, and non-partisan guidance.

Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee serves as a source of community stakeholders’ expertise and insight to inform IFIP priorities and provide feedback. Committee members have non-profit, practitioner, and/or community perspectives and advise the Institute on grassroots and local perspectives, engaging stakeholders, and translating research into action.



  • Gene Ananiev– Competitive shooter
  • Tia Bell–The T.R.I.G.G.E.R. Project
  • Nichole Carter–Bright Star Community Outreach, Chicago
  • Sarah Derwin–Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance
  • Avery Peeples–Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit
  • Maureen Reddy-retired FBI, Detroit and Investigative Consultant
  • Jonathan Garvey-Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Analyst, DMVA, Lansing

External Scientific Advisory Board

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) is composed of investigators representing multiple disciplines who are conducting research in or who are research-adjacent to firearm injury prevention but have home units outside of the University of Michigan. The committee provides counsel to guide the Institute’s research focus, ensure appropriate allocation of resources, and evaluate the Institute’s progress.



  • Libby Alpern, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Emmy Betz, University of Colorado
  • Charles Branas, Columbia University
  • Rod Brunson, University of Maryland
  • Shani Buggs, University of California
  • Andrew Morral, RAND Corporation
  • Jesy Pizarro, Arizona State University
  • Sonali Rajan, Columbia University
  • Terry Richmond, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fred Rivara, University of Washington
  • Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, University of Washington
  • Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University