Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz

Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz is an Assistant Professor with the Violence Prevention Research Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kravitz-Wirtz received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She conducts research on the social, environmental, and policy determinants and consequences of health and health inequalities over the life course and across generations, with an emphasis on neighborhood context and violence-related outcomes. She is currently the lead investigator for the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (CSaWS), a population-representative survey of firearm ownership and use, exposure to violence and its consequences, and public opinion on violence prevention policies—the first detailed survey of its kind to be conducted in the state in over 40 years. Other current projects include developing city-specific estimates of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in California using small-area estimation techniques, and an early-stage evaluation of the University of California, Davis Medical Center Wraparound hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP) to address underlying risk and resilience factors for violence and reduce violent injury recidivism.