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Cassandra Kercher Crifasi, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 596
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. Crifasi is an injury epidemiologist focused on policies, procedures, and practices that improve safety and prevent injury. Her research interests include occupational injury epidemiology, violence prevention, firearm policies, and evaluation of policy changes on public safety and first responders.

Honors and Awards

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

  • Occupational injury prevention and control
  • violence epidemiology and prevention
  • health policy
  • firearm policies
  • Crifasi, C.K., Meyers, J.S., Vernick, J.S., Webster, D.W. 2015. Effects of Changes in Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Laws in Connecticut and Missouri on Suicide Rates. Preventive Medicine, July 23. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Webster, D.W, Crifasi, C.K., Vernick, J.S. Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides. Journal of Urban Health, March 7. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Swedler, D.I., Kercher, C., Simmons, M.M., Pollack, K.M. Occupational homicide of law enforcement officers in the U.S., 1996-2010. Injury Prevention, May 31. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Kercher C, Swedler DI, Pollack KM, Webster DW. 2013. Homicides of law enforcement officers responding to domestic disturbance calls. Injury Prevention, Feb 8 [epub ahead of print].

  • Pollack, K.M., Kercher, C., Frattaroli, S., Peek-Asa, C., Sleet, D., Rivara, F.P. 2012. Toward environments and policies that promote injury-free active living- it wouldn’t hurt. Health and Place, 18 (1), 106-114.