Professor Garrison is an expert on law and policy relating to families, children, and reproductive technology and is affiliated with the Center for Health, Science & Public Policy
. Her research and writing spans a broad range of topics, including marriage, cohabitation, parentage determination, the economics of divorce, and child welfare decision making. Much of her research is interdisciplinary, applying social science and economic data to legal policy issues. She also conducted widely cited empirical analyses of judicial decision-making of divorce and the impact of changes in New York’s divorce laws. Her research has been published in a wide variety of books and leading law journals.
Professor Garrison has co-authored two widely used casebooks: Family Law: Cases, Comments, and Questions (6th ed. 2007) and Law and Bioethics: Individual Autonomy and Social Regulation (2d ed. 2009). Her most recent book, Marriage at a Crossroads (co-edited with E.S. Scott, Cambridge University Press, 2012), offers an interdisciplinary perspective on policy questions related to marriage (same-sex and opposite-sex), cohabitation, and nonmarital birth.
Professor Garrison is the Secretary-General of the International Society of Family Law. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Family Studies and the International Advisory Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bologna during the Spring 2013 semester. She served as a senior Fulbright Scholar at Yangon University in Myanmar during the Spring 2016 semester.