School of Public Health

Rowhani-Rahbar, Ali

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Curriculum Committee Chair, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington


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

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 4061
Box 359960
Pat Steel Building, 401 Broadway (physical address)
325 Ninth Avenue (mailing address)
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-744-9437

Research Interests

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2012. His substantive area of research is violence epidemiology with a focus on trauma-crime nexus to inform interventions that promote healing and prevent recidivism. He investigates violence victimization and perpetration with an integrated public health and public safety approach. He has been involved in studies of violent injury and crime before and after firearm-related hospitalization, interventions to promote safe gun storage, firearm access in relation to mental illness, and influences of policies on firearm injury. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a cluster randomized trial of a dual hospital-based and community-based intervention to improve the health and well-being of gunshot wound victims. He has served on the American College of Emergency Physicians Technical Advisory Group on Firearm Violence Research, and the Firearms Subcommittee of Washington State Safer Homes Task Force for Suicide Prevention. Methodologically, he has contributed to the field of injury prevention and control by examining the epidemiology of traumatic brain injury, drowning, burns, adverse events following medical interventions, and a number of other traumatic outcomes. Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar is a Core Investigator, the Leader of the Violence Prevention Section, and the Director of the Research Methods Core at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. He is also an Affiliate Investigator at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and an editor for the journal 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.

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar has a special interest in epidemiologic methods pedagogy. He is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology’s Curriculum Committee and a member of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.


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In The News

Accidental firearm injuries may be linked to the cycle of violence
ASPPH, 10/27/2016

Accidental Firearm Injuries May Be Linked to Cycle of Violence, Washington Study Finds
UW School of Public Health News, 10/26/2016

Certain immigrant communities may be at risk for future outbreaks
ASPPH, 07/11/2016