School of Social Service Administration
There are currently 7.3 million adults in the United States who are under some form of criminal justice supervision. Matthew Epperson studies this groups’ vulnerabilities to a myriad of issues, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, drug and alcohol disorders, and mental illnesses, making them a particularly relevant population of focus for public health. His particular interests lie at the interface of social work and criminal justice.
He is currently conducting research on co-occurring problems of HIV, substance abuse, mental illness, and criminal justice involvement, and is a co-investigator for an efficacy trial of a multimedia HIV-prevention intervention targeting women in the criminal justice system. Epperson has recently been funded by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the effectiveness of court-based responses to persons with mental illness in Illinois and New Jersey.
Epperson received a PhD and MPhil from Columbia University School of Social Work, an MSW from Grand Valley State University, and a BS in sociology/criminal justice from Central Michigan University. He was most recently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
Epperson joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.