Erin Nicole Harrop
What I doI use art, story-telling, and mixed methods research to tell patient-centered stories about healthcare experiences. I elevate the voices of marginalized people in the healthcare system, including people living with eating disorders and substance use, those with multiply marginalized identities, and higher-weight folks facing weight stigma. I partner with patients, clinicians, healthcare centers, and advocacy-based agencies to develop compassionate, inclusive health interventions that increase wellbeing and decrease distress.
eating disorders, weight stigma, medical social work
Erin Harrop, LICSW, PhD, is an assistant professor at University of Denver and a licensed medical social worker. Erin’s research focuses on eating disorders, weight stigma, adolescent health behaviors, and patient-provider communication. Their dissertation featured an arts-based mixed-methods longitudinal study of individuals with atypical anorexia. They approach their research and clinical work from an intersectional social-justice-informed, fat liberation, and Health at Every Size® lens. Erin’s clinical work also involves trainings at the provider level, introducing interprofessional clinicians to weight-inclusive practices that honor patients’ unique intersecting identities.
- Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Washington, 2020
- MSW, Social Work, University of Washington, 2014
- BS, Psychology, University of Washington, 2010
Licensure / Accreditations
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Certified Prevention Professional
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
Areas of Research
arts-based research methods
longitudinal qualitative research
medical social work