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Daniel Webster, ScD

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Deputy Director for Research, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence

Director, PhD Program in Health and Public Policy


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 593
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


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ScD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 1990
MPH , University of Michigan , 1985


Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH is Professor of Health Policy and Management and directs the PhD program in Health and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Webster is Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director for Research for the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Webster holds a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Education's Division of Public Safety Leadership at Johns Hopkins, and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Executive Research Forum.

Dr. Webster is one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence. He is co-editor of Reducting Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (JHU Press, 2013) He has published numerous articles on firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, the prevention of gun violence, intimate partner violence, and adolescent violence prevention. He has studied the effects of a variety of violence prevention interventions including state firearm and alcohol policies, policing strategies, street outreach and conflict mediation, public education campaigns, and school-based curricula. Dr. Webster teaches Understanding and Preventing Violence, Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy, and Graduate Seminar in Health and Public Policy.

Honors and Awards

Finalist, Marylander of the Year, The Baltimore Sun, 2013.

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health – Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Faculty induction, 2005.

Educator of the Year, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 2004.

violence, violence prevention, firearm injuries, gun policy, policy evaluation, domestic violence, youth violence

  • Webster DW, Vernick JS, Eds. Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

  • Webster DW, Crifasi CK, Vernick JS.  Effects of the repeal of Missouri’s handgun purchaser licensing law on homicides.  Journal of Urban Health, in press.

  • McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL. Gun policy and serious mental illness: Priorities for future research and policy. Psychiatric Services, 2013 [e-pub]. doi: 10.1176/

  • Webster DW, Whitehill JM, Vernick JS, Curriero FC. Effects of Baltimore’s Safe Streets Program on gun violence: a replication of Chicago’s CeaseFire program.  Journal of Urban Health, 2013; 90:27-40.

  • Webster DW, Vernick JS, Bulzacchelli MT, Vittes KA.  Recent federal gun laws, gun dealer accountability and the diversion of guns to criminals in Milwaukee.  J Urban Health 2012;89:87-97.