Erin Grinshteyn

Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

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Dr. Erin 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
Co-Director, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE)
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
Fear of crime
Fear of violent victimization
Aging and older adults
Neighborhood effects
Firearm violence
Selected Publications

Couture, M. C., Kang, J. E., Hemenway, D., & Grinshteyn, E. (2021). Associations between having been threatened or injured with a weapon and substance use and mental health among high school students in the United States. International journal of injury control and safety promotion, 1-10.

Pabayo, R. Benny, C., Liu, S.Y., Grinshteyn, E., Meunnig, P. (2021). Financial barriers to mental healthcare services and depressive symptoms among residents of Washington Heights, New York City. Hispanic Healthcare International. 

Grinshteyn, E.G., & Sugar, J.A. (2021). Active aging through volunteerism: A longitudinal assessment of perceived neighborhood safety as a predictor among older adults, 2008-2018. Biomed Research International, 2021. 

Grinshteyn, E.G., Whaley, R. & Couture, M.C. (2021) Fear of bullying and its effects on mental health among college students: An emerging public health issue. Journal of School Violence.

Pabayo, R. Liu, S.Y., Grinshteyn, E., Cook, D. Meunnig, P. (2021) Barriers to voting and access to health insurance among US adults: A cross-sectional study. The Lancet Regional Health – Americas.

Grinshteyn, E.G. (2021) The relationship between perceived neighborhood safety and health services utilization among older adults. The Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. 26(3), 151-162. 

Grinshteyn, E., Whaley, R., & Couture, M. C. (2020, October). Higher prevalence of fear of discrimination among racial, gender, and sexual minority university students. In La santé mentale sur les campus universitaires face aux défis contemporains: de la discrimination à la COVID-19. Regards croisés: Communication, Droit et Psychologie.

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). 

Grinshteyn, E., & Hemenway, D. (2019) Violent death rates in the US compared to those of the other high-income countries, 2015. Preventive Medicine.123:20-26.

Grinshteyn, E., Xu, H., Manteuffel, B., Ettner, S.L. (2018). The associations of area-level crime rates and self-reported crime exposure with adolescent behavioral health. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(3),252-258. 

Grinshteyn, E.G., Cunningham, W.E., Eisenman, D.P., Andersen, R., & Ettner, S.L. (2017). Fear of violent crime and anxiety/depression among adolescents. Mental Health & Prevention, 8, 39-45. 

Grinshteyn, E., & Yang, Y.T. (2017). The association between electronic bullying and school absenteeism among high school students in the United States. Journal of School Health, 87(2), 142-149.