Research projects

Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research on injury and violence prevention in the leading areas of injury in Colorado and the U.S. Learn more about our work on sports, firearm, and motor vehicle injury; suicide prevention; opioids and substance use; and child maltreatment and youth violence. 

Sports injury

Current and past research projects have focused on surveillance of high school and collegiate level injuries, sport-related concussion injuries and return-to-play protocol, and ethics of sports medicine practice.

Firearm injury

Current and past faculty research topics include safe firearm usage, retailers and suppliers, safe storage, and lethal means safety counseling after firearm-related injuries. Visit the Firearm Prevention Initiative webpage to learn more.

Motor vehicle injury

Research areas include safety interventions, determinants of mobility for older adult drivers, and the impacts of cannabis use while driving. Visit our Driving Study page to learn about a current study on the impacts of cannabis on driving.

Suicide prevention

Suicide related prevention research has included mental health of veterans, surveillance indicators for substance and mental health, emergency department counseling and discharge of suicidal patients, and safe storage methods for firearms and suicide prevention. 

Opioids and substance use 

Research areas include pain management and best practices in opioid prescriptions and usage, opioid use disorder treatment, syringe services, and prescription drug overdoses. 

Child maltreatment

Research areas include clinical decision making and testing in child abuse cases, evaluation to reduce child maltreatment, training for local child fatality prevention teams for the Child Fatality Prevention System, engaging with local public health departments in prevention activities. Visit our Pathways to Prevention Webinar Series page to learn more.

Adolescent health and youth violence

Research from faculty has included evaluation of school safety models and management protocols, prevention of crime in schools, reducing youth violence in high risk communities, and conducting surveillance surveys for youth in Colorado.

Injury & Violence Prevention Center (IVPC)

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

3rd Floor West , Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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