Elisabeth Ryan is the Legal Fellow at the Northeastern University School of Law Center for Health Policy and Law, heading the new Public Health Law Watch. She has practiced law for more than ten years, starting as a public defender with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services and then as a legal aid lawyer with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She spent several years as the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, where she worked on a broad range of statewide topics including firearms regulation, sentencing reform, law enforcement training standards, and electronic weapons monitoring. She has authored numerous Massachusetts statutes and regulations. She then earned an MPH in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, focusing on violence as a public health issue. She has also taught classes in legal writing, firearms law, and the First Amendment at Harvard Extension School. She is primarily interested in the intersection of criminal justice/public safety and public health, particularly in bringing the public health perspective on firearms violence into the political and government world.


Recent Posts by Elisabeth Ryan

The ‘Tanning Tax’ Is A Public Health Success Story

A CDC report found that the number of high school students who reported having artificially tanned has decreased by more than half since the enactment of the ACA, from 15.6 percent in 2009 to 7.3 percent in 2015.

August 15, 2017Costs and Spending, Public Health