Daniel Webster

 Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Expertise

  • State firearm and alcohol policies
  • Policing strategies
  • Street outreach
  • Conflict mediation
  • Youth gun acquisition
  • Gun violence
  • Intimate partner violence

Key Findings

  • Gun violence is an epidemic that harms global health and has many variables such as substance use, mental health, proximity to other violence, and others, which contribute to firearm violence. MORE
  • Effective interventions to reducing gun violence include practicing firearm safety and gun storage. MORE
  • The risk factors for gun violence in youth include negative family influences, abnormal neurobiological factors, low academic achievement, exposure to media violence, ready access to guns, substance use, and negative social relationships. MORE
  • The crackdown on opioids through state policy and law enforcement in Florida had an impact in lowering opioid-related deaths in the state. MORE
  • Results show that a large majority of opioid-related deaths came from prescription opioids (91.6% in Florida and 82.2% North Carolina). MORE


Daniel Webster, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is an expert in firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, adolescent violence prevention and the prevention of gun violence.

Webster serves as the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director for Research for the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. He has received awards from organizations including American Public Health Association, The Baltimore Sun, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

He has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals and is the co-editor of Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Webster received his Sc.D. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.

Follow Daniel on Twitter: @DanielWWebster1