Laura Prater, PhD

Dr. Prater holds a doctorate in public health from the Ohio State University, with a focus in health services research, pragmatic intervention development and policy evaluation. Her work focuses on understanding the circumstances around firearm suicide among vulnerable populations and developing health systems interventions for suicide prevention through firearm safety. Using a public health lens, she works on tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of vulnerable populations (e.g. dementia, terminal illness) at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. She is currently funded by the National Institutes on Aging and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to produce clinical decision-making tools to help persons with early dementia, their care partners, and primary clinicians, to make safer plans for firearm storage.

Other Affiliations

Associate Director, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, Harborview Injury & Policy Research Program, University of Washington School of Medicine

Recent Publications

Cars, Guns, Aging, and "Giving Up the Keys".
(2022 Nov 16)
Betz ME, Polzer ER, Knoepke CE, Prater LC, Simonetti JA, Lee TM, Meador LE, Nearing KA

Pregnancy-Associated Homicide and Suicide: An Analysis of the National Violent Death Reporting System, 2008-2019.
(2022 Oct 1)
Obstet Gynecol 140(4): 565-573
Modest AM, Prater LC, Joseph NT

Hospice Transitions From the Perspective of the Caregiver: A Qualitative Study and Development of a Preliminary Hospice Transition Checklist.
(2022 Jun 6)
Am J Hosp Palliat Care
Prater L, Takagi-Stewart J, Hogan TH, Moss KO, Anjum P, Lockwood B, Bose-Brill S

Mothers' Perspectives on a Mother/Infant Dyad Postpartum Primary Care Program Following Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Qualitative Pilot Study.
(2022 Aug)
Sci Diabetes Self Manag Care 48(4): 247-257
Brown JA, Leonard M, Clinton T, Bower JK, Gillespie SL, Fareed N, Thomas N, Prater L, Lorenz A, May S, Voisin C, Thung S, Oza-Frank R, Bose Brill S

Civilian Petitioners and Extreme Risk Protection Orders in the State of Washington.
(2022 Nov 1)
Psychiatr Serv 73(11): 1263-1269
Prater L, Rooney L, Bowen AG, Conrick K, Mustafa A, Moore M, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

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