Erica is currently serving as Accord Alliance’s Interim Executive Director. Most of her career, while working at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, was dedicated to research exploring the physiological and psychological aspects of chronic abdominal pain. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology where her educational and clinical focus was working with children and adolescents diagnosed with various medical and mental health conditions with a special emphasis on equine-facilitated psychotherapy. In 2014, upon moving to Phoenix, Arizona and starting employment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Erica began working with patients and families affected by DSD in a clinical research role, focusing on the psychosocial aspects of living with a DSD. She has a passion for patient-centered care and patient autonomy, improving psychosocial outcomes, and establishing a shared-decision making model in the care of individuals with a DSD. In 2016, Erica, along with Dr. van Leeuwen, submitted a grant to evaluate the effectiveness of shared-decision making in the clinical care of adolescents with a DSD. She is a member of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, of the American Psychological Association.
Erica and her husband are parents to a brand new baby and have two fur-babies named Tobin and Noah.