Postdoctoral Fellow Karissa Pelletier has been awarded a New Investigator Research Award from the American Public Health Association to utilize National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) data for her project titled "Trends in the Collective Transaction of Homicide, 2015-2022." Dr. Pelletier's research seeks to unravel the intricacies of homicide incidents by categorizing them into meaningful typologies informed by seminal works on homicide syndrome and data disaggregation. Through meticulous analysis of NVDRS variables and advanced methodologies like topic modeling, she aims to uncover latent themes within narrative data. This study will not only address the recent surge in homicides, including the notable spike in 2020, but will also examine temporal trends, geographic disparities, and correlations with social vulnerability. Leveraging her expertise and familiarity with the NVDRS, Dr. Pelletier's research promises to advance our understanding of violence prevention and inform evidence-based strategies for public health and criminal justice interventions.