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.