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Karin M. Eyrich-Garg

Karin M. Eyrich-Garg, PhD, MPE

Associate Professor




  • NIDA Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Substance Abuse Treatment Research, 2002-2004, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Treatment Research Center & Treatment Research Institute
  • Ph.D., 2002, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
  • NIDA Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Drug Abuse Comorbidity and Biostatistics, 1999-2002, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry
  • M.P.E., 2001, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • M.S.W., 1997, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
  • B.S., 1993, James Madison University, Sociology & English



Areas of Professional Interest:

  • Homelessness
  • Technology Use
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Engagement In Treatment
  • Social Support
  • Service Use

Course Involvement

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Evaluation of Programs and Practice in Social Work


Graduate Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Research and Data Analysis I and II
  • Evaluation of Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (in Dept of Public Health)
  • Foundations of Social Work Practice I and II
  • Health/Mental Health Practice
  • Social Work with Persons Experiencing Homelessness


Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Nower, L., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Pollio, D.E., and North, C.S. (in press).  Problem gambling and homelessness:  Results from an epidemiologic study.  Journal of Gambling Studies.

Perlman, S., Willard, J., Herbers, J.E., Cutuli, J.J., and Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2014).  Youth homelessness:  Prevalence and mental health correlates.  Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 5(3), 361-377.

McInnes, D.K., Sawh, L., Petrakis, B.A., Rao, S., Shimada, S.L., Gifford, A.L., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Anaya, H.D., Kane, V., and Smelson, D.A.  The Potential for Health-Related Uses of Mobile Phones and Internet with Homeless Veterans:  Results from a Multi-Site Survey.  Telemedicine and e-Health, 20(9), 801-809.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2011).  Sheltered in cyberspace?  Computer use among the ‘street’ homeless.  Computers in Human Behavior, 27(1), 296-303.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2010).  Meeting them where they are:  An exploratory study of staff and resident perceptions of homeless women’s needs.  Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 19(3/4), 47-70.

North, C.S., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Pollio, D.E., & Thirthalli, J. (2010).  A prospective study of substance use and housing stability in a homeless population.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45(11), 1055-1062.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2010).  Mobile phone technology:  A new paradigm for the prevention, treatment, and research of the non-sheltered “street” homeless?  Journal of Urban Health:  Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 87(3), 365-380.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M., O’Leary, C.C., & Cottler, L.B.  (2008).  Subjective versus objective definitions of homelessness:  Are there differences in risk factors among heavy-drinking women?  Gender Issues, 25(3), 173-192.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2008). Strategies for Engaging adolescent girls at an emergency shelter in a therapeutic relationship: Recommendations from the girls themselves. Journal of Social Work Practice, 22(3), 375-388.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Cacciola, J.S., Carise, D., McLellan, A.T., & Lynch, K. (2008).  Individual characteristics of the literally homeless, marginally housed, and impoverished in a U.S. substance abuse treatment-seeking sample.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(10), 765-772.

Recent Book Chapters:

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. and Rice, E. (Expected 2011).  Cyber Behavior of Persons Experiencing Homelessness.  In Zheng Yan's Encylopedia of Cyber Behavior.  IGI Global.

Pollio, D.E., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., & North, C.S. (2011). The homeless. In B. Johnson's (Ed.) Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice.

Eyrich-Garg, K.M. (2008).  Purposeful sampling (pp. 67-82).  In. L. Gideon’s (Ed.) Theories of Research Methodology:  Readings in Methods.  Kendall/Hunt.

Grants & Contracts

Currently-Funded Projects:

Co-PI, “Building Capacities/Making Connections:  A Multi-Year Study of Human and Social Capital Development through the HIP Career Pathways Initiative,” Administration for Children & Families/DHHS.  Grant: $1.48 million over four years.  (Dr. Cheryl Hyde is PI.)

Evaluation Co-PI, "Peer Ahead," SAMHSA-funded services contract to the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  (Dr. Mark Salzer is Evaluation PI.)

Evaluation Co-PI, "Homeless to Home," SAMHSA-funded services contract to the Pennsylvania State Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.  (Dr. Mark Salzer is Evaluation PI.)

Clinical Interests

Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)