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Cassandra Crifasi, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 593
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MPH, Drexel University School of Public Health, 2010
BS, Central Washington University, 2006


Dr. Cassandra Crifasi is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Policy and Management. She is the Deputy Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and a core faculty member in the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Crifasi’s research focuses broadly on public safety including injury epidemiology and prevention, gun violence and policy, attitudes and behaviors of gun owners, and underground gun markets.

Honors and Awards

American Journal of Public Health Editor’s Choice Award Best Papers of the Year, 2018

NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017 – 2019

The Jess Kraus Award in 2016 – Injury Epidemiology, 2017

Phi Beta Kappa - Alpha Chapter of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, 2015

The Alison Snow Jones Prize, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014

Susan P. Baker Scholarship in Injury Prevention, Johns Hopking Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Pre-Doctoral Fellowship - Occupational Injury Epidemiology and Prevention, 2013 and 2010

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship - Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence in the Family, 2012 and 2011

Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Beta Omega Chapter, Drexel University, 2010

  • Gun violence prevention
  • gun policy
  • policy evaluation
  • occupational injury prevention and control

Selected publications

  • Crifasi CK, Stone EM, McGinty EE, Vernick JS, Barry CL, Webster DW. 2019. Differences in Public Support for Handgun Purchaser Licensing. Injury Prevention.
  • Crifasi CK, O’dwyer J, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL. 2019. Desirability of Personalized Guns Among Current Gun Owners. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 57(2), 191-196.
  • Crifasi CK, McCourt AD, Booty MD, Webster DW. 2019. Polices to Prevent Illegal Acquisition of Firearms: Impacts on Diversions of Gun for Criminal Use, Violence, and Suicide. Current Epidemiology Reports, 1-10.
  • Crifasi CK. 2018. Gun Policy in the United States: Evidence-based Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 16(5), 579-581.
  • Crifasi CK, Merrill-Francis M, McCourt A, Vernick JS, Wintemute GJ, Webster DW. 2018. Association between Firearm Laws and Homicide in Large, Urban Counties. Journal of Urban Health, 95(3), 383-390.