Erin M. Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as structural determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, her mixed-method research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision has on service delivery, substance misuse, violence, and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal legal system intervention.
Dr. Kerrison's research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and her recent empirical research has been published in Health Services Research, Punishment & Society, Law and Human Behavior, and Social Science & Medicine. Dr. Kerrison holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Haverford College, an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from Villanova University, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Delaware. She was also awarded a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association, and the Society for Social Work and Research.