Erika's efforts center on strengthening unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served historically marginalized communities through research and evaluation. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in natural sciences at California State University, Fullerton, and went on to receive her master’s degree in experimental psychology at her alma mater. She is deeply invested in work that involves utilizing research methods and statistical analysis to address issues of racial inequity in the fields of public health, behavioral health and family and child welfare in a way that is community centered and culturally appropriate. Much like her colleagues, she appreciates the nuance and stories that reveal themselves in the mixed methods research approach used at Butler and believes these to be an especially important component in research and evaluation. Erika is passionate about learning and loves to read and keep up to date on the latest research in public health, social justice, economics and psychology.