Thank you for visiting my website JonathanMetzl.com where you will find a compilation of my talking, writing, and teaching about topics including Mental Illness and Gun Violence, with a particular focus on Gender and Race. I am a Professor and Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, a Psychiatrist, and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee.
Being a gun violence expert, a professor, and a psychiatrist is a unique combination that allows me to speak and write about gun violence in America, and in particular to address stereotypes that link guns with race or mental illness, or that blame mental illness for mass shootings and other gun crimes. I’ve been honored to address these issues in my writings as well as in the media, including frequent appearances on MSNBC’s MHP Show and in talks around the country and around the world.
My focus on stereotypes of race and mental illness surrounding gun violence emerged from some of my earlier media appearances, where I found myself answering the same question again and again: