School of Public Health

Rowhani-Rahbar, Ali

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Washington


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2009
MD Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (Iran), 2002
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 2005

Contact Info

University of Washington
Office F-250D
Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences Building
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-1602
Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
Office 4058
Box 359960
Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building
401 Braodway, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
Tel: 206-744-9437

Research Interests

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is the Bartley Dobb Endowed Associate Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Washington. He is the Co-Director of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, Leader of the Violence Prevention Section, and Director of the Research Core at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. Rowhani-Rahbar’s epidemiologic studies have spanned across multiple forms of violence including gun violence, youth violence, bullying, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and suicide. He investigates violent victimization and perpetration with an integrated public health and public safety approach. His research on inter-personal violence is focused on the nexus of trauma and crime to inform policies, programs, and practices that prevent violence from occurring in the first place, promote healing following violence, and reduce recidivism. His research on self-directed violence is focused on means safety. Rowhani-Rahbar has contributed to multiple local, state, and national committees’ efforts on violence prevention and injury control. He has served on the firearms subcommittee of the Washington State Safer Homes Task Force for Suicide Prevention, firearm violence research technical advisory group of the American College of Emergency Physicians, research council of the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, organizing panel of the National Academy of Medicine Workshop on Health Systems Interventions to Prevent Firearm Injuries and Deaths, and editorial board of Injury Prevention.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar co-teaches EPI 512 "Epidemiologic Methods I" in the Autumn Quarter and EPI 513 "Epidemiologic Methods II" in the Winter Quarter.


In The News

Gun ownership associated with higher risk of suicide for soldiers
U.S. News and World Report, 06/07/2019

The potentially lifesaving difference in how a gun is stored
The New York Times, 05/13/2019

Opinion: What we know about school mass shootings since Columbine and how to prevent them
The Seattle Times, 04/19/2019