research program funded by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study risk and protective factors for suicide among Army personnel. Dr. Kessler’s research deals broadly with the social determinants of mental health and illness as studied from an epidemiological perspective. He is the author of more than 600 publications and the recipient of many awards for his research, including the Senior Scientist and MERIT awards from NIMH. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Kessler earned his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin.
Gary Kleck, Ph.D., is the David J. Bordua Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a courtesy professor of law at the Florida State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1978. Dr. Kleck’s research interests are in gun control, deterrence, crime control, and the study of violence. He is the winner of the 1993 Michael J. Hindelang Award, bestowed by the American Society of Criminology, which named his book Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America “the most outstanding contribution to criminology.” Dr. Kleck’s subsequent work Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control was featured in the Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Librarians 39th annual Outstanding Academic Title List, which recognizes books for “excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to their field, and their value as an important treatment of their topic.” Dr. Kleck is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H., is professor and chair of health management and policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health. He is also the director of the Center for Nonviolence and Justice at Drexel. His work has focused on African American men in urban settings. In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Fellowship for his work to design “new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers.” Prior to arriving at Drexel University, Dr. Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, he created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston