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SWHR Hires Lucy Erickson as Director of Scientific Programs

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The Society for Women’s Health Research announced the hiring of Dr. Lucy Erickson as its new director of scientific programs. Erickson will design and lead innovative programs to increase awareness of and investment in women’s health and sex differences research. She will identify and recruit diverse stakeholders to participate in SWHR’s interdisciplinary science networks and channel their expertise to advance the goals of SWHR’s mission-focused programs.

Prior to joining SWHR, Erickson was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she worked in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering on programs and initiatives related to data science and computing, providing a unique perspective through her expertise in cognitive development.

She has conducted postdoctoral research on child language development at Georg August Universität Göttingen in Germany and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). At UMCP, she conducted research on the impact of background noise on children and adults, and developed a novel task to assess the role of distractibility in infants’ and toddlers’ difficulties coping with noisy environments.

Erickson earned her PhD in 2015 in developmental psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where she previously completed a master’s degree in developmental psychology. Her doctoral work focused mechanisms of child language learning and the connection between attention and working memory and language learning. Before that, she spent a year as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she conducted research on sex differences in mouse models of schizophrenia. Erickson holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in Germanic studies from UMCP.

In her free time, she is an avid traveler and enjoys camping and being outdoors, reading, practicing German, and spending time with friends. She loves science and learning, and is excited to learn about women’s health while contributing to SWHR’s mission.


Griffith, Ybarra Join SWHR Board of Directors

By | Blog Post, News, Press Release

The Society for Women’s Health Research announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Linda G. Griffith, professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Dr. Michael Ybarra, vice president of medical affairs and strategic alliances at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

“Dr. Griffith is an impassioned advocate for innovations in women’s health, as evidenced by her efforts to tackle difficult and understudied areas of women’s health research,” SWHR President and CEO Dr. Amy M. Miller said. “Dr. Ybarra’s expertise in partnership-building will greatly benefit SWHR as we look to collaborate with organizations whose missions align with our own. We are pleased that Dr. Griffith and Dr. Ybarra have agreed to join our Board to help further our work in eliminating imbalances in care for women.”

Linda G. Griffith, PhD

Griffith is a professor of biological engineering and director of the Center for Gynepathology Research at MIT. She received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and a PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley, both in chemical engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Her research encompasses molecular-to-systems level analysis, design and synthesis of biomaterials, scaffolds, devices and micro-organs for a range of applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and in vitro drug development. A central theme is connecting the experimental systems to systems biology measurements. The Griffith lab leads a substantial program to build the “Human Physiome on a Chip,” funded by DARPA and NIH. In this program, 10 microphysiological systems, including liver, gut, lung, and reproductive systems, are interconnected in a physiologically relevant manner. Griffith is also a member of SWHR’s Estrogen-Driven Diseases Network as both an endometriosis patient and a researcher whose work in endometriosis has been recognized by NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health as well as the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

Michael Ybarra, MD

Ybarra is a board-certified emergency physician and vice president of medical affairs and strategic alliances at PhRMA, where he oversees outreach to stakeholder organizations on federal advocacy issues. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to his advocacy work, he continues to practice clinically in the emergency department at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

A full list of the SWHR Board of Directors is available here.

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