Associate Professor

Public Health & Justice Involved Populations

Abby is an applied biostatistician with a collaborative research focus on the intersection of the social determinants of health and criminal justice issues. Abby serves as the Director of Research for the National Center on Restorative Justice, a federally funded partnership between the Vermont Law School, the University of Vermont, and the University of San Diego. In this role, Abby manages the Restorative Justice Research Community – an interdisciplinary academic home for restorative justice researchers and scholars. In addition, Abby has an extensive applied research portfolio as part of UVM’s Justice Research Initiative with projects focused on correctional environments, women’s incarceration, and health disparities.


1. Sobel H, Warrington JS, Francis-Fath S, Crocker AM, Berger CA. A Descriptive Analysis of Urine Drug Screen Results in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Managed in a Primary Care Setting. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 16:59 (2021).

2. Bonnell LN, Crocker AM, Kemp K, Littenberg B. The relationship between social determinants of health and functional capacity in adult primary care patients with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 34 (4) 688-697 (2021).

3. Crocker, AM., Kessler, R., van Eeghen, C., Bonnell, LN., Breshears, RE., Callas, P., Clifton, J., Elder, W., Fox, C., Frisbie, S., Hitt, J., Jewiss, J., Kathol, R., Clark/Keefe, K., O’Rourke-Lavoie, J., Leibowtiz, G., Macchi, CR., McGovern, M., Mollis, B., Mullin, DJ., Nagykaldi, Z., Watts Natkin, L., Pace, W., Pinckney, RG., Pomeroy, D., Pond, A., Postupack, R., Reynolds, P., Rose, GL., Scholle, SH., Sieber, WJ., Stancin, T., Stange, KC., Stephens, KA., Teng, K., Waddell, EN., Littenberg, B. Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care (IBH-PC) to improve patient-centered outcomes in adults with multiple chronic medical and behavioral health conditions: study protocol for a pragmatic cluster-randomized control trial. Trials 22, 200 (2021).

4. Crocker A, Geller W, Metayer J, Littenberg B, Meyer M. (2020). Educational Outcomes of Children Born to Women in Treatment for Opioid Dependence in Vermont. Pediatrics. 2020;146: 116-8.

5. Tarleton E, Kennedy A, Rose G, Crocker A, Littenberg B. (2019) Association between Depression and Serum Magnesium Levels in an Adult Primary Care Population. Nutrients 2019;11: 1475.

6. Phillips, J., McBride, C. A., Morris, E., Crocker, A. M., & Bernstein, I. (2017). Adiposity, but not Obesity, Is Associated With Arterial Stiffness in Young Nulliparous Women. Reproductive Sciences, 1933719117728797.

7. Berkman, A. M., Brewster, A. M., Jones, L. W., Yu, J., Lee, J. J., Peng, S. A., Crocker, A. M., …Gilchrist, S. C. (2017). Racial Differences in 20-Year Cardiovascular Mortality Risk Among Childhood and Young Adult Cancer Survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

8. Ji, Y., Rounds, T., Crocker, A., Sussman, B., Hovey, R. C., Kingsley, F., . . . Wood, M. E. (2016). The effect of atorvastatin on breast cancer biomarkers in high-risk women. Cancer Prevention Research, 9(5), 379-384.

9. Lakoski, S., Savage, P., Berkman, A., Penalosa, L., Crocker, A., Ades, P., . . . Cushman, M. (2015). The safety and efficacy of early‐initiation exercise training after acute venous thromboembolism: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 13(7), 1238-1244.

10. Meyer, M. C., Johnston, A. M., Crocker, A. M., & Heil, S. H. (2015). Methadone and buprenorphine for opioid dependence during pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of addiction medicine, 9(2), 81.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Public Health, Restorative Justice, Social Determinants of Health, Research Methods, Applied Statistics


  • Postdoctoral Associate, General Internal Medicine Research, University of Vermont (2013)
  • Ph.D. Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Vermont (2013)
  • M.S. Biostatistics, University of Vermont (2004)
  • B.A. Humanities, McGill University (1998)


  • 802-656-3089
Office Location:

305 Mansfield House

Courses Taught

  • STAT 201 Statistical Computing and Data Analysis
  • STAT 051 Probability with Statistics
  • STAT 111: Elements of Statistics
  • STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods
  • STAT 151 Applied Probability
  • PH 309 Public Health Biostatistics II