Susan B. Sorenson

Susan Sorenson

Susan B. Sorenson is a professor of social policy in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice and director of The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence. Her latest work looks at how frequently guns and other weapon types appear in domestic-violence incidents.

Professor of Social Policy, Professor of Health & Societies, Senior Fellow in Public Health, Director of The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Susan B. Sorenson has a unique interdisciplinary background in epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. She moved to Penn in 2006 after more than 20 years at the UCLA School of Public Health. 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 currently teaches three courses that she developed: Foundations of Public Health, Guns & Health, and Non-stranger Violence.

With nearly 150 publications to her credit, Dr. Sorenson has published widely in the epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms.

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