University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention & School of Social Work Colloquiumphoto of Rebeccah Sokol

Rebeccah Sokol, PhD

February 17, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Firearms are the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States. Intervention, policy, and environmental changes could help prevent firearm-related injury and death among youth, but there is no single panacea for this issue. Rather, different types of interventions are required for addressing youth firearm injury before, during, and after the event occurs. A motivation for Dr. Sokol’s research, and a focus of this presentation, is informing interventions and policies that can change physical and social environments to prevent youth firearm injury before it occurs. In this presentation, she will discuss prior research that describes risk and etiological factors for youth firearm injury in different populations. This research supports evaluating specific interventions for changing the physical and social environments to prevent youth firearm injury, and she will present future research plans for evaluating such interventions. Central to advancing positive physical and social environmental change is effective teaching and mentorship, and so she will also describe my teaching and mentorship mission to promote open minds, creative ideas, and critical thinking among students in a collegial and cooperative environment.

Recording of presentation:

Screen shot from Sokol presentation