Veronica Pear, PhD, MPH, is a social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the Violence Prevention Research Program. She studies modifiable upstream causes of firearm violence that can be leveraged to effectuate widespread, enduring reductions in violence-related harms. These include policies, social/structural conditions, and features of the local environment. Dr. Pear applies a range of methods to generate robust, policy-relevant research, from causal inference to mixed methods. Her work on California’s gun violence restraining order law (known colloquially as a “red flag” law) has influenced the state and national conversation on this policy.