MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mary G. Vriniotis, M.S., a Harvard School of Public Health research consultant with more than a decade of experience in suicide prevention and firearms research, will speak at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center on Thursday, May 2. Her presentation, part of the School of Public Health’s Grand Rounds, is titled “The New Hampshire Gun Shop Project: Working with Gun Owners to Reduce Suicide.”

Vriniotis currently works as a consultant for the Harvard University Injury Control Research Center analyzing national and international data on violence. She also works as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., coordinating a two-year initiative to gather data on crime and violence across six Caribbean nations.

“In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, we wanted to bring someone to campus who could speak to the tremendous toll of gun violence on our health and well-being. Suicide is an important cause of mortality in our state as well as the nation, and restricting a suicidal person’s access to lethal means reduces the risk of suicide,” said Kelly K. Gurka, Ph.D., assistant professor at the WVU School of Public Health.

Vriniotis received her master’s in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Since then, she has been a research specialist and communications liaison for the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has co-authored several manuscripts on firearms research in the U.S. and presented at various national and international conferences. She is the project manager for the Boston Data Project and the Means Matter Campaign.

The WVU School of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the 1909 HSC North Pylons Learning Center. Vriniotis’ presentation will also be available as a live webcast at this link. The WVU School of Public Health Grand Rounds is held in collaboration with the WVU Injury Control Research Center.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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