Erin Michelle Turner Kerrison

Job title: 
Assistant Professor

Assistant ProfessorErin Michelle Turner Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions condition 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 a number of funding sources, including Arnold Ventures, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Science Foundation.  Her recent empirical research has been published in Health Services Research, Law and Human BehaviorPNASPunishment & Societyand Social Science & Medicine.  She has delivered state and federal congressional briefings on this work and regularly consults with local, statewide, and nationwide organizations and agencies, on issues related to Black health and ending state violence.  

Dr. Kerrison earned 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 participant in the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association, and the Society for Social Work and Research communities.

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SW.295: Writing and Publication Seminar


SW 260: Forensic Social Welfare

SW 282A: Seminar in Social Welfare Research -- An Introduction

SW 282A: Seminar in Social Welfare Research -- Data Science for Social Good

SW 298: Legal Epidemiology

Sponsored Research and Professional Recognition

In The News

Expanded Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Kerrison, E. M. T. & Hyatt, J. M. (2023) COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal and Medical Distrust Held by Correctional Officers.Vaccines, 11, 1237.

Bender, K., Cobbina-Dungy, J., & Kerrison, E. M. (2022). "Strategic responses to navigating police encounters among black Baltimore residents." Race and Justice.

Hyatt, J. M., Baćak, Valerio, & Kerrison, E. M. (2021). “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Related Factors: Preliminary Findings from A System-Wide Survey of Correctional Staff.” Federal Sentencing Reporter, 33(4), 272-277.

Cobbina, J. E., Kerrison, E., & Bender, K. (2020). The Baltimore moment: Race, place, and public disorderJournal of Crime and Justice, 42(2), 161-173.

Kerrison, E. M. & Sewell, A. A. (2020) "Negative Illness Feedbacks: High-Frisk Policing Reduces Civilian Reliance on ED Services." Health Services Research, 55(S2), 787-796.

Bachman, R., Rodriguez, S., Kerrison, E. M., & Leon, C. (2019). The recursive relationship between substance abuse, prostitution, and incarceration: Voices from a long-term cohort of women. Victims & Offenders, 14(5), 587–605.

Bandes, S. A., Pryor, M., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The mismeasure of Terry stops: Assessing the psychological and emotional harms of stop and frisk to individuals and communitiesBehavioral Sciences and the Law, ;37, 176–194.

Del Toro, J., Lloyd, T., Buchanan, K. S., Robins, S. J., Bencharit, L. Z., Smiedt, M. G., Reddy, K. S., Pouget, E. R. Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A. (2019). The criminogenic  effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boysProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116(17), 8261–8268.

Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A., Burbank, C., & Hyatt, J. M. (2019). On creating ethical, productive, and durable action research partnerships with police officers and their departments: A case study of the National Justice Database. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 20(6), 567–584.

Trinkner, R., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The force of fear: Police stereotype threat, self- legitimacy, and support for excessive force. Law and Human Behavior, 43(5), 421–435.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planningPunishment & Society20(1), 134–151.

Kerrison, E. M., Cobbina, J., & Bender, K. (2018). “Your pants won’t save you”: Why black youth challenge race-based police surveillance and the demands of black respectability politicsRace and Justice8(1), 7–26. *Lead Article for Special Issue: “Youth and Policing”

Kerrison, E. M. (2017). An historical review of racial bias in prison-based substance abuse treatment designJournal of Offender Rehabilitation56(8), 567–592.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Exploring how prison-based drug rehabilitation programming shapes racial disparities in substance use disorder recoverySocial Science & Medicine199, 140–147.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & Connell, D. O. (2016). The complex relationship between motherhood and desistanceWomen and Criminal Justice26(3), 212–231.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., Paternoster, R., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance for a long-term drug involved sample of adult offenders: The importance of identity transformationCriminal Justice and Behavior43(2), 164–186.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Paternoster, R. (2016). The effects of age at prison release on women’s desistance trajectories: A mixed-method analysisJournal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology2(3), 341–370.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance from crime and identity: An empirical test with survival timeCriminal Justice and Behavior43(9), 1204–1224.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). White claims to illness and the race-based medicalization of addiction for drug-involved former prisonersHarvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice31, 105–128.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Bushway, S., Kerrison, E., & O’Connell, D. (2015). Human agency and explanations of criminal desistance: Arguments for a rational choice theoryJournal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology1(3), 209–235.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Bachman, R., Rodriguez, S.,* Kerrison, E. M., & Leon, C. (2021). "The Recursive Relationship between Substance Abuse, Prostitution, and Incarceration: Voices from a Long-term Cohort of Women." In A. Horning (Ed.), Quitting the Sex Trade: Why and How Pimps and Sex Workers Leave the Business (pp 55-73). New York: Routledge.

Kerrison, E. M. “Meditation Programs” (2017). In K. R. Kerley, H. Copes, S. De Li, & S. F. Sharp (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kerrison, E. M., & Bachman, R. (2016). Second-chance grandparenting: How a new and renewed identity impacts the desistance process. In S. F. Sharp, S. Marcus-Mendoza, K. A. Cameron, & E. S. Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System (pp. 225–242). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Alvarez, A. (2015). The societal causes of violence. In P. T. Clements, S. Seedat, & E. N. Gibbings (Eds.), Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment (pp. 123–150). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc.

Research Reports

John Jay College Research Group on Preventing and Reducing Community Violence. (2020). Reducing Violence without Police: A Review of Research Evidence New York: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Owens, E., Kerrison, E. M., & Santos Da Silveira, B. (2017). Examining racial disparities in criminal case outcomes among indigent defendants in San Francisco. Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Paternoster, R. (2013). Roads diverge: Long-term patterns of relapse, recidivism and desistance for a cohort of drug-involved offenders (Grant Number 2008-IJ-CX-1107). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice.

Book Reviews

Kerrison, E. M. (2016). Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 by Koritha Mitchell. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 4(2), 101-103.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha L. LeFlouria. Punishment & Society, 17(4), 535-537.

Research interests: 
  • Black Love and Liberation
  • Cultivating Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations
  • Data Science for Social Good
  • Designing Structures that Facilitate Carceral Abolition and Safety for All
  • Legal Epidemiology 
  • Redressing Health and Healthcare Inequity
  • US Criminal Legal System 

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