Erin Hipple

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Erin Hipple, MSW, MA, LCSW, PhD (they/them) is an educator, trauma therapist, and qualitative researcher. Their background is in social work, psychology, theater, music, and writing. Erin’s areas of interest are liberation-based frameworks in education, healing practices, research, and community organizing. They include exploring resilience and healing in LGBTQIA+ and alternative sexuality communities, labor rights issues, structural oppression and the impacts it has on individuals, sex-positive treatment of sexual trauma, storytelling and embodiment as paths to healing, and healing through resistance to oppressive systems. They have a politicized educational, research, and therapy practice that prioritizes understanding the relationships between individual + collective healing and the need for solidarity in the wake of political and environmental crisis.

They have completed a Certificate in Narrative Therapy through the Narrative Therapy Initiative and a Body Trust Certification™ through the Center for Body Trust. They are also trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and the foundations of Internal Family Systems. They are currently completing the Resilient Heart certification from the HeartMath Institute and a three-year training program in Somatic Experiencing.

Erin seeks to cultivate therapeutic and educational spaces that center an ethic of care, pleasure + joy, creativity, expansive practices of consent, and self-reflection in the individual/collective pursuit of sustainable futures and abolition. They hope you are finding ways to access pleasure + joy in your life at this moment and whenever possible.


PhD, Widener University

MA, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

MSW, Widener University

BA, West Chester University of PA


Ventura, L., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C. M., Frankel, A., Hipple, E., Ibrahim, J., Sharma, S., Wolcott, J., Metz, S. (2021). “Unprecedented times”: Experiences of social work and public health professionals in times of public crises. . Journal of Social Work in Public Health

Hipple, E., Tennille, J. E., Bohrman, C. E. Approaching sexuality in service spaces: An invitation to deeper inquiry. . Positive Approaches Journal

Hipple, E., Hipple, A., Grant, O. (2018). Chapter 8: Challenges for transgender and non-binary client populations.

Hipple, E., Reid, L., Gomez, J., Williams, S., Wolcott, J., Peyton, C. (2021). Disrupting the pedagogy of hypocrisy: How do we move beyond teaching students how to survive white supremacy? . Advances in Social Work

Hipple, E., Soltis, D., Hyers, L. E. (2020). Queering Study Abroad. Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad

Hipple, E., Panichelli, M. E. Sex Work, Gender, and Human Rights: A Liberation-Based Approach .

Wolcott, J. E., Evans, E. E., Frankel, A., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C., Ventura, L., Ibrahim, J., Hipple, S. E., Hipple, E. E. Social workers and public health professionals unite!: A call for worker solidarity in the wake of COVID-19. Journal of Critical Social Work

Hipple, E. E., Jones, N. Unsettling Evidence Based Practice in the Social Work Classroom: A Disability Justice and (Re)Politicized Somatics Perspective. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Special Issue: Disability Justice in Social Work


Hipple, E., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C., Wolcott, J., , Ventura, L., Metz, S., Frankel, A., Ibrahim, J. (2022). “Unprecedented Times”: Experiences of social workers and public health professionals in the field during COVID-19 and how to navigate new challenges.

Bohrman, C., Panichelli, M., Hipple, E., Smith, E., Jones, N. (2023). Abolitionist Approaches to Mental Health.

Hipple, E. (2022). Healthism in a Post-Covid World: Fatphobia, Diet Culture, and Resisting the Monetization of Self-Care. .

Hipple, E., Hyers, L., Soltis, D. (2022). Queer Culture Shock: Student Strategies for Safely Navigating Foreign Contexts. Presented for Sticks and Stones .

Collins, M., Hipple, E., Hyers, L., Popielarz, C., Bender, C., Graham, B., Belmiro, J. (2023). Transgressions: Fostering repair in relationships with transgender and non-binary clients.