Erica Gagne wearing a dark coat and flowered shirt smiling at the camera.

Erica Gagne, LCSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Criminology and Justice Studies
Health and Social Sciences Building - 487


Diversity and Oppression, Social Justice, Mental Health, and Addiction.


  • Ph D: Social Welfare, Yeshiva University
  • Master of Social Work (MSW), New York University (NYU)
  • BA: Psychology, Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY


Organizer and Moderator of School Panels based on Criminal Justice Injustice.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Department Outstanding Teaching Award 2019-2020
  • Department Outstanding Teaching Award 2020-2021

Selected Publications

  • 2013, Quality Assurance: Assessing the Effectiveness of Court Advocacy Services on Sentence Reduction and Recidivism Rates.
    This research study fulfilled the dissertation requirement for my doctoral program. This research sought to explore the use of social workers to identify mitigating circumstances for indigent criminal defendants, and the impact of introducing these mitigating circumstances in court to achieve sentence reductions or alternatives to incarceration and, in the long term, reduced recidivism rates.

  • 2015, A Society Divided: The METCO Program in 2015 (co-authored with Christopher Bach, student).
    This research project was conducted with a criminal justice senior at Bay State College. For this project a week-long observation of a METCO student in a suburban school took place and along with a thorough review of the literature.

  • 2015, Perceptions of Solitary Confinement (co-authored by James Jones, PhD), Journal of Law and Criminal Justice, 3(2).
    This research study was conducted by interviewing individuals who were previously incarcerated and held in solitary confinement.

Research Currently in Progress

  • "I can’t get no satisfaction: assessing client satisfaction with public defenders versus private attorneys" completed by Erica Gagne and Shaina Ionin