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Susan B. Sorenson

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Susan B. Sorenson

Professor of Criminology and Social Policy/Senior Fellow in Public Health
University of Pennsylvania
family and sexual violence
injury prevention and fatal violence, including gun policies
epidemiology and prevention of domestic violence
role of gender, ethnicity and nativity in violence


Susan B. Sorenson is a professor of criminology and social policy and a senior fellow in public health at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, where she taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence \"- the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She also taught a course on fatal violence that focuses on guns and gun policy. In addition to her academic work, Sorenson served on the board of directors and advisory boards of local community-based organizations, state government agencies and university injury prevention centers. She has served as a member of the National Academy of Science's Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, a consultant to UNICEF's 2000 report on Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls, and a member of the advisory panel for the 2001 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. Sorenson has published more than 100 articles and chapters on the epidemiology and prevention of violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering and firearms. A primary focus of her work is how gender, ethnicity and nativity are related to risk of violence. 

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