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News Tip: Experts Available to Comment on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

Expertise includes gun policy, trauma on children

Gun Control PoliciesPhilip J. CookProfessor of public policy, economics and sociology, Duke Universitypcook@duke.edu major focus of Cook's research for more than 40 years has been the costs and consequences of the widespread availability of guns, and what might be done about it. He has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (Criminal Division) and to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Enforcement Division). Most recently he wrote "The Great American Gun War: Notes from Four Decades in the Trenches," which appears in the book, "Crime and Justice in America: 1975-2025" (The University of Chicago Press, 2013), edited by Michael Tonry; and co-authored, with Duke colleague Kristin Goss, "The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know" (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in spring 2014). Cook is an elected member of the National Academies' Institute of Medicine.Kristin GossAssociate professor of public policy and political science, Duke Universitykgoss@duke.edu is the author of "Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America" (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2009), which examines the strategic and political barriers to mass mobilization for stricter firearms regulation. Her current research focuses on why people do (or don't) participate in political life and how these choices affect public policymaking. She is co-author, with Duke colleague Phil Cook, of "The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know" (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in spring 2014).Christopher H. SchroederProfessor of law and public policy, Duke Law School, Sanford School of Public Policyschroeder@law.duke.edu was appointed assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice in April 2010, where he served through 2012. While there, he examined current gun control policy and background checks. Trauma on ChildrenRobin GurwitchInstructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of MedicineRobin.gurwitch@duke.edu, a psychologist, studies the impact of trauma and disasters on children and co-authored the book "When Their Worlds Fall Apart" (NASW Press, 2010). She has counseled school leaders around the country on how to respond to tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting. Gurwitch is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the American Psychological Association's Disaster Response Network.                                                                                     _        _        _        _Duke experts on a variety of other topics can be found at Note to broadcast editors: Duke provides an on-campus satellite uplink facility for live or pre-recorded television interviews. We are also equipped with ISDN connectivity for radio interviews. Broadcast reporters should contact Scott Wells at (919) 660-1741 or James Todd at (919) 681-8061 to arrange an interview.###