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Emma McGinty, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 359
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
MS, Columbia University Teachers College, 2006


Emma “Beth” McGinty, PhD, MS: My research focuses on how health and social policies affect mental health and substance use.  I am particularly interested in studying issues at the intersection of healthcare and social policy. One of my primary research interests is integration of behavioral, somatic and social services for people with mental illness and addiction.  I also study policy issues at the juncture of behavioral health and criminal justice policy.  For example, I am interested in state-level efforts to enroll justice-involved populations in Medicaid; how policies to prevent people with serious mental illness from having guns affect stigma, mental health treatment seeking, and gun violence; how health and criminal justice policies can reduce non-medical use of prescription pain medications; and how illegal drug markets affect community violence.

In addition, I have an overarching interest in policy communication, public opinion, and message framing.  I conduct public opinion and experimental message framing research focused on mental illness, addiction, stigma, and violence. 

Honors and Awards

Maryland Healthcare Commission Research Fellow, 2011-2013

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Sommer Scholar, 2009-2013

  • mental illness substance use violence disability policy social policy
  • McGinty EE, Frattaroli S, Appelbaum P, Bonnie R, Grilley A, Horwitz J, Swanson J, Webster D (2014).  Using research evidence to reframe the policy debate around mental illness and guns: Process and recommendations.  American Journal of Public Health.  In press. 

  • McGinty EE, Sridhara S (2014).   Potentially Preventable Medical Hospitalizations among Maryland Children, Adults, and Older Adults with Mental Illness, 2005-2010. Psychiatric Services, 65(7).  

  • McGinty EE, Webster DW, Jarlenski M, Barry CL (2014).  News media framing of serious mental illness and gun violence in hte United States, 1997-2012.  American Journal of Public Health, 104(3). 

  • McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL (2014).  Gun Policy and Serious Mental Illness: Priorities for Future Research and Policy.  Psychiatric Services, 65(1): 1-9

  • McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL (2013).  Effects of news media messages about mass shootings on attitudes toward persons with serious mental illness and public support for gun control policies.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 170: 494-50