Our Team

Executive Leadership Team

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Emmy Betz, MD, MPH 

Professor, School of Medicine – Emergency Medicine 
Deputy Director, Injury & Violence Prevention Center 
Research Physician, Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center - Veterans Health Administration 

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Jessica Buck-Atkinson, MPH 

Program Director 

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Joe Simonetti, MD, MPH 

Director of Mentorship & Education 
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine - Division of Hospital Medicine 
Investigator, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center for Suicide Prevention 

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Erin Kelly, DrPH, MA 

Director of Research & Evaluation 
Research Associate, Colorado School of Public Health – Injury & Violence Prevention Center 

Leadership Council

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Steven Berkowitz, MD 
Mental Health Lead 
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics 
Director, START Center 

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Chris Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW 
Law Enforcement Lead 
Assistant Research Professor, School of Medicine - Cardiology 

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Eric Sigel, MD 
Youth & Adolescence Lead 
Professor, School of Medicine - Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 

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Ian Stanley, PhD 
Military & Veteran Lead 
Assistant Research Professor, School of Medicine - Emergency Medicine Psychological Health Lead, Center for COMBAT Research 

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Catherine Velopulos, MD
Community Violence Lead, Professor, School of Medicine – Surgery

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Shale Wong, MD, MSPH 
Policy Lead 
Professor, School of Medicine - Pediatrics and Family Medicine 
Director, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center 

Staff and Students

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Renu Gupta-Fitzgerald
Collaboration & Partnerships Coordinator

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Kaitlyn Friedman MSc
FIP-LEAD Manager

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Rachel Johnson

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MaryAnn Mace, MBA
Administrative Assistant

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Andrew MacFarland 
COFIPS Manager

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Megan McCarthy 
Research & Evaluation Coordinator

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Matt Wetenkamp 
Collaboration & Partnerships Coordinator  

Hoffman Firearm Injury & Violence Prevention Scholarship Awardees 

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Leslie Barnard, MPH, DrPH 
Department of Epidemiology 

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Ginny McCarthy, MPH, MDiv 
DrPH candidate, Department of Community & Behavioral Health 

Faculty Affiliates

Emergency Medicine (SOM)

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