Justin Gelzhiser

Visiting Scientist

Department of Health Policy and Management

PhD          The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)        2018

M.S. Ed.   The University of Pennsylvania                                            2012

Current research examines the global impact of gun violence in American schools. With a large number of international students throughout the American higher education system, a local act of deadly gun violence on a college campus quickly becomes of international concern.

With support from The Harvard Injury Control Research Center, a research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a follow-up study to one already conducted in Los Angeles is being constructed. It will encompass a domestic and international student comparison about topics such as perceptions of American gun culture and campus gun violence.

Other developing studies center on firearm violence prevention and community safety.


Gelzhiser, J. A. (2019). International student perceptions of American gun culture and school shootings: a public health examination. Violence and victims, 34(6), 972-991.

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2018). Deadly gun violence on American college campuses: UCLA international student perspectives. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (2043941261)

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2018). Positivistic vs. Humanistic Emphases in Admissions and Student Affairs Research: International student perspectives. UCLA’s GSE&IS Research & Inquiry Conference Journal. Retrieved from https://ric.gseis.ucla.edu/2018/ 

Gelzhiser, J.A. (2015). Acculturation practices of 5th grade student immigrant populations: A longitudinal cross-continental study. California Institute of Freirean Educators (CAFE) Online Journal, Education and Immigration. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwA3A-XMrHpfX0IzTEZCRFZ6SEU/view