Lexie M. Contreras, MPH

Program Manager

Violence Prevention Institute

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tidewater Building, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 1510
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Education & Affiliations

  • PhD Candidate, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
  • BA, Geography, UCLA


Lexie M. Contreras, MPH is the Program Manager for the Supportive Hospital-based Intervention for Firearm Trauma (SHIFT) Study at the Tulane Center for Youth Equity. She is also a third-year PhD student in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her interest in violence prevention stems from her experiences growing up in Stockton, California, and desire to better understand how place is associated with health. She is broadly interested in how the built and social environments are associated with youth firearm injury. Lexie’s current research looks at the role social support plays in youth firearm beliefs and behaviors. Lexie is a strong advocate for the mixed methods and community-engaged research methodologies and strives to incorporate both into her work. 

Before returning to graduate school, Lexie worked as a clinical research coordinator at the David Geffen School of Medicine where she oversaw numerous clinical trials in the Department of Nephrology as a member of the CORE Kidney Program. As a graduate student, she has worked on studies ranging from community violence exposure, child maltreatment, and firearm violence. 

In her spare time, Lexie enjoys trying new restaurants across the city, taking her two dogs to the park, and travelling with her husband.


  • Violence Prevention
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health Equity
  • Social Epidemiology