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, University of Washington School of Medicine

Recent Publications

Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Reductions and Cost Savings Associated with Trauma Center Mental Health Intervention: Results from a 5-year Longitudinal Randomized Clinical Trial Analysis.
(2023 Sep 25)
Ann Surg
Prater L, Bulger E, Maier RV, Goldstein E, Thomas P, Russo J, Wang J, Engstrom A, Abu K, Whiteside L, Knutzen T, Iles-Shih M, Heagerty P, Zatzick D

Integrating pragmatic and implementation science randomized clinical trial approaches: a PRagmatic Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary-2 (PRECIS-2) analysis.
(2023 Apr 21)
Trials 24(1): 288
Zatzick D, Palinkas L, Chambers DA, Whiteside L, Moloney K, Engstrom A, Prater L, Russo J, Wang J, Abu K, Iles-Shih M, Bulger E

A Portfolio Coach-Informed Professional Development Framework.
(2023 Apr 12)
J Contin Educ Health Prof
Bose-Brill S, Bardales C, Anjum P, Prater L, Otsubo M, Walker C, Miles L, Kreger C, Childerhose JE, Kopechek J

Characterizing Female Firearm Suicide Circumstances: A Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Approach.
(2023 Aug)
Am J Prev Med 65(2): 278-285
Goldstein EV, Mooney SJ, Takagi-Stewart J, Agnew BF, Morgan ER, Haviland MJ, Zhou W, Prater LC

Using a Community-Informed Translational Model to Prioritize Translational Benefits in Youth Concussion Return-to-Learn Programs.
(2023 Jan 26)
Health Promot Pract
Takagi-Stewart J, Avery A, Deshpande SJ, Andersen S, Combs T, Vavilala MS, Prater L

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