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UC Davis Sources on Mass Shootings: Sociological, Medical and Legal Aspects UC Davis sources for mass shootings include legal resources, sociologists, and medical personnel

By Karen Nikos-Rose on October 2, 2017 in Society, Arts & Culture

Updated Nov. 16

In light of recent shootings throughout the country, the following scholars offer expertise on domestic violence issues, legal aspects, medical treatment of victims and other issues that arise in the aftermath of gun violence. This list will be updated as sources become available.

Medical treatment of mass casualties

Joseph Galante, chief of the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, is an expert in surgical treatment of blast injuries from the battlefield or mass-casualty incidents. His research focuses on improving medical treatment in response to disasters and using military medical techniques to benefit civilian medical practice. In addition to his work at UC Davis, Galante is a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve who has served with distinction in the U.S., Western Pacific and Afghanistan. Interviews with Galante can be arranged through Karen Finney, UC Davis Health, at 916-734-9064 or Other physicians and medical school faculty may also be available to comment.

Domestic violence, intimate partner violence

Kelly Behre is the director of the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic, a clinic providing free civil legal assistance to low-income victims of intimate partner violence in Yolo County. She joined the UC Davis School of Law faculty in July 2014 with more than 15 years of experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Behre also served as a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Behre has published scholarly works on pro bono work and family law issues, and has provided trainings to legal professionals and advocacy groups on domestic and sexual violence law, legal education issues, and public interest law. Contact:, 530-752-6532.

Bullying, violence, social media, dating violence

Robert Faris, associate professor of sociology in the College of Letters and Science, studies school bullying, social media, violence, dating violence, substance use and abuse, and other forms of delinquency among adolescent and young adult populations, with particular emphasis on how these behaviors spread through social networks. His research has appeared in American Sociological Review, Social Networks, Child Development, Social Forces, and Social Psychology Quarterly, and has been the subject of two Emmy-winning news investigations by CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Contact:, 510-221-8876.

Criminal law, criminal procedure, race and law

Gabriel “Jack” Chin, School of Law, can address issues of criminal law and procedure. He is a teacher and scholar of immigration law, criminal procedure, and race and law. His scholarship has appeared in the Penn, UCLA, Cornell and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties law reviews, and the Yale, Duke and Georgetown law journals among others. Contact:, 530-752-3112.

Second Amendment and its history

Carlton Larson, School of Law, specializes in constitutional law and can comment in particular on the Second Amendment and its history. He is not an expert on gun control policy. Contact:, 530-754-5731.

Media contact(s)

Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-219-5472,