University of Colorado
Dr. Betz is an emergency physician who works clinically at the University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Department (ED) and conducts research in injury epidemiology and prevention. Dr. Betz's areas of research expertise are "lethal means safety" (i.e., limiting access to guns and other lethal methods for those who are suicidal) and care of suicidal patients in EDs. She has worked with numerous organizations on issues of suicide prevention, including the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She co-founded and leads the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a collaborative effort between public health and medical professionals and firearm retailers to reduce firearm suicides. Her research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and numerous foundations, and in 2015 she gave a TEDxMileHigh talk on firearm suicide. Dr. Betz also conducts research related to geriatric injury prevention, including firearm access among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.