Our Team

Meet the BulletPoints clinicians, researchers, and public health experts

Amy Barnhorst, MD

Director, BulletPoints Project
Dr. Barnhorst is an emergency and inpatient psychiatrist whose work doing violence and suicide risk assessments led to her interest in firearm injury prevention. She’s a nationally recognized expert on firearms laws and mental illness, and her academic focus is on the interface between firearm violence, suicide, and mental illness. Drawing on her previous career as an educator, she is active in medical education and works with both state and federal legislators to craft evidence-based firearms and mental health laws. She has presented nationally on these topics, and writes about them for Psychology Today and the New York Times.

Rocco Pallin, MPH

Director of Education, BulletPoints Project
Rocco began work at the Violence Prevention Research Program and the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center as a data analyst with particular interest in firearm policy evaluation and clinician interventions for prevention of firearm injury. She has studied provider practice recommendations and directed the What You Can Do initiative. Rocco has a background in youth development and community health.

Rameesha Asif-Sattar

Project Policy Analyst
Rameesha started working with the BulletPoints Project after graduating from UC Davis in 2019, and previously provided support to a diverse array of projects at the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. With a particular interest in promoting health equity through community engagement and preventive medicine, Rameesha will be applying to medical schools, hoping to incorporate both research and clinical work into her future career.

Hilary Gonzales, MPH

Project Policy Analyst
Hilary is a recent MPH graduate from UC Davis where she was an intern with the Wraparound program, a hospital-based violence intervention program. Her past work focused on incorporating a trauma-informed approach to community violence prevention for Sacramento youth. She is interested in continuing to promote health equity and culturally affirming care with her work at the BulletPoints Project.

Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH

Director, the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center
Dr. Wintemute is the founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and holds the Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He also directs the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center, the nation’s first publicly-funded center for research in this field. He was among the first to study firearm violence as a public health problem. He practices and teaches emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and is a professor of emergency medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. His current research focuses on violence risk factors and interventions to prevent violence.

Kara Toles, MD

Director of Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Toles is an attending physician and clinical educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. She is also the Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Department. She trained at an urban, inner-city hospital and thus has lived experience and expertise in caring for violently-injured patients. She also has background in Africana studies and is passionate about ensuring that all patients, with a special focus on marginalized patients, receive excellent and equitable care.

Amanda Aubel, MPH

Research Data Analyst
Amanda is a Research Data Analyst at the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. Her work emphasizes the social determinants of health and health equity, specifically in mental health and risk behaviors. She is interested in using mixed methods and participatory approaches to evaluate firearm violence and injury prevention programs and policies.

Amy Barnhorst, MD

Director, BulletPoints Project
Dr. Barnhorst is an emergency and inpatient psychiatrist whose work doing violence and suicide risk assessments led to her interest in firearm injury prevention. She’s a nationally recognized expert on firearms laws and mental illness, and her academic focus is on the interface between firearm violence, suicide, and mental illness. Drawing on her previous career as an educator, she is active in medical education and works with both state and federal legislators to craft evidence-based firearms and mental health laws. She has presented nationally on these topics, and writes about them for Psychology Today and the New York Times.

Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH

Director, the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center
Dr. Wintemute is the founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and holds the Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He also directs the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center, the nation’s first publicly-funded center for research in this field. He was among the first to study firearm violence as a public health problem. He practices and teaches emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and is a professor of emergency medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. His current research focuses on violence risk factors and interventions to prevent violence.

Rocco Pallin, MPH

Director of Education, BulletPoints Project
Rocco began work at the Violence Prevention Research Program and the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center as a data analyst with particular interest in firearm policy evaluation and clinician interventions for prevention of firearm injury. She has studied provider practice recommendations and directed the What You Can Do initiative. Rocco has a background in youth development and community health.

Kara Toles, MD

Director of Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Toles is an attending physician and clinical educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. She is also the Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Department. She trained at an urban, inner-city hospital and thus has lived experience and expertise in caring for violently-injured patients. She also has background in Africana studies and is passionate about ensuring that all patients, with a special focus on marginalized patients, receive excellent and equitable care.

Rameesha Asif-Sattar

Project Policy Analyst
Rameesha started working with the BulletPoints Project after graduating from UC Davis in 2019, and previously provided support to a diverse array of projects at the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. With a particular interest in promoting health equity through community engagement and preventive medicine, Rameesha will be applying to medical schools, hoping to incorporate both research and clinical work into her future career.

Amanda Aubel, MPH

Research Data Analyst
Amanda is a Research Data Analyst at the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. Her work emphasizes the social determinants of health and health equity, specifically in mental health and risk behaviors. She is interested in using mixed methods and participatory approaches to evaluate firearm violence and injury prevention programs and policies.

Hilary Gonzales, MPH

Project Policy Analyst
Hilary is a recent MPH graduate from UC Davis where she was an intern with the Wraparound program, a hospital-based violence intervention program. Her past work focused on incorporating a trauma-informed approach to community violence prevention for Sacramento youth. She is interested in continuing to promote health equity and culturally affirming care with her work at the BulletPoints Project.
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