Erin Grinshteyn

Erin G. Grinshteyn

Associate Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6692


Dr. Grinshteyn is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining neighborhood characteristics associated with fear of victimization.

Chair, Health Professions Department
PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
BA in Sociology, Brandeis University
Assistant Professor, USF, 2016–present
Assistant Professor, UNR, 2013–16
Teaching Fellow, UCLA, 2007–12
Selected Publications

Grinshteyn, E.G. & Sugar, J.A. (2020) Perceived neighborhood safety and volunteerism among older adults. Ageing & Society. 1-19.

*Grinshteyn, E.G., Whaley, R., Couture, M.C. (2020) Minority report: Prevalence of fear of violent and property crimes among a diverse college sample. Social Indicators Research. 150(2), 695-710. 

*Couture, M.C., Garcia, D., Whaley, R. & Grinshteyn E. (2020) Effect of fear of victimization on hazardous alcohol drinking, tobacco, and marijuana use among university students: A tale of two sexes. Addictive Behaviors.106. 

*Pabayo, R., Grinshteyn, E., Avila, O., Azrael, D., Molnar, B.E. (2020) Relation between neighborhood socio-economic characteristics and social cohesion, social control, and collective efficacy: Findings from the Boston Neighborhood Study. SSM – Population Health. 10. 

Grinshteyn, E., Pabayo, R., Muennig, P. (2019) The relationship between neighborhood fear and mortality in the United States. BMJ Open. 9(11).