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

With nearly 150 publications to her credit, Professor Sorenson’s contributions to science include framing violence against women as a public health issue, studying firearms as a consumer product, and applying multiple and emerging research methods to the study of the epidemiology and prevention of violence. Policy implications are a core aspect of her research. See her c.v. for a complete list of publications.

Teaching Fields

Since 1986, Professor Sorenson has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. Currently, she teaches two courses for the department: HSOC251, Foundations of Public Health, and HSC382, Guns & Love Gone Bad, which addresses guns & health and violence in relationships.

Courses Taught

HSOC 251 Foundations of Public Health
HSOC 382 Public Health and Violence

Faculty Bookshelf