Professor, Social Policy and Practice

Director, Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center

3815 Walnut
By appt.



Curriculum Vitæ



Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati
M.S. Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S. Sociology and Psychology, Iowa State University

Research Interests

The epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms; how gender, ethnicity, and nativity are related to risk of violence; global perspectives on gender, work and violence.

Selected Work

Professor Sorenson has published more than 100 articles in the epidemiology and prevention of violence, and issues of gender, work, violence and culture.  See her c.v. for a complete list of publications.

Teaching Fields

Since 1986, she has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She teaches three undergraduate courses (Foundations of Public Health, Non-Stranger Violence, and Guns & Health, all through HSOC) and one graduate course (Violence in Relationships Through the Lifespan) at Penn.

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