Cassandra Kercher Crifasi
Cassandra Kercher Crifasi

Cassandra Kercher Crifasi, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Health Policy and Management (Primary)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
  • Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health
  • SOURCE, Community Engagement and Service-Learning Center

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 596
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

P:  443-287-8040


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.

Honors and honors

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, 2017Phi 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

Research Interests

  • Occupational injury prevention and control
  • violence epidemiology and prevention
  • health policy
  • firearm policies


Selected publications

  • Crifasi CK, Merrill-Francis M, McCourt A, Vernick JS, Wintemute GJ, Webster DW. Association between Firearm Laws and Homicide in Large, Urban U.S. Counties. Journal of Urban Health
  • Crifasi, C.K., Merrill-Francis, M., Webster, D.W., Wintemute, G.J., Vernick, J.S. 2018. Law Matters: Enforcement of Comprehensive Background Check Laws in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Injury Prevention
  • Crifasi CK, Doucette ML, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL. 2018. Storage Practices of U.S. Gun Owners, 2016. American Journal of Public Health, 108(4), 532-537.
  • Crifasi CK, Buggs S, Choksy S, Webster DW. 2017. The Initial Impact of Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 on the Supply of Crime Guns in Baltimore. The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 3(5), 128-140.
  • Crifasi CK, Pollack KM, Webster DW. 2016. Assaults of Law Enforcement Officers in the Line-of-Duty: Situational Contexts and Predictors of Lethality. Injury Epidemiology, 3 (29).