Steven K. Erickson
Visiting Professor

BA, Canisius College JD, PhD (2003), SUNY Buffalo
LLM, Harvard

Phone: 717.541.3928

Steven Erickson is a Visiting Professor at Widener’s Harrisburg Campus. Professor Erickson is a distinguished expert in criminal and mental health law, whose work centers on issues of individual responsibility, social intuitions of judgment, and culpability. Dr. Erickson has extensive experience in a variety of venues, including academic medical centers, mental health hospitals, correctional facilities, and law schools.

Professor Erickson joined the faculty in 2010. Previously, he served on the faculties at the University of Missouri School of Law and was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Erickson was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University where he conducted research in various aspects of law and psychology, including outcomes-based research on veterans with mental illnesses and involvement with the criminal justice system. He also served as the Chief Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester where he conducted research on a variety of topics in criminal psychology. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School internship program in forensic psychology, Dr. Erickson has worked as a forensic and clinical psychologist at numerous state psychiatric hospitals, jails, and prisons. Dr. Erickson has also served as a Law Guardian and assigned counsel in the Fourth Judicial Department of New York State on a diversity of family court matters, including custodial, visitation, and abuse and neglect cases.

Dr. Erickson’s primary research and teaching interest is law and psychology, with a focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. His research and expertise includes all aspects of mental health law; empirical studies of mental health interventions used in the criminal justice system; and neurolaw. He has published numerous articles in various law review and peer-reviewed journals and has been interviewed by national media outlets, including National Public Radio.