erin harrop

Erin Nicole Harrop

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

I 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

Professional Biography

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Other
  • Other
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • Other

Areas of Research

eating disorders
weight stigma
arts-based research methods
longitudinal qualitative research
substance use
medical social work
GLBTQ+ health
intervention development
prevention science
social justice