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

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

Recent Publications

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 Jun 4)
Sci Diabetes Self Manag Care
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 May 25)
Psychiatr Serv
Prater L, Rooney L, Bowen AG, Conrick K, Mustafa A, Moore M, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

Examining the policy effects of Arizona's 2016 pre-emption law on firearm suicide rates in the greater Tucson area: an observational study.
(2022 May 9)
BMJ Open 12(5): e058196
Goldstein EV, Prater LC

Mother-Infant Dyad program in primary care: evidence-based postpartum care following gestational diabetes.
(2022 Jan 30)
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med
Bose Brill S, May S, Lorenz AM, Spence D, Prater L, Shellhaas C, Otsubo M, Mao S, Flanigan M, Thung S, Leonard M, Jiang F, Oza-Frank R

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