Erika Gustafson is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Broadly, her research focuses on community-based interventions to promote healthy psychological development for underserved children and families. Her specific research interests include broadening the boundaries of mental health treatment through a focus on upstream ecological factors impacting mental health (i.e. the social determinants of health), non-traditional service providers such as community health workers, non-traditional settings such as schools and neighborhoods, and Latino mental health. She has conducted qualitative and quantitate research with community health workers examining their processes of parental engagement, as well as with homeless youth examining their executive functioning. Erika is also an active advocate for promoting diversity within the field, serving as co-chair of the Diversity Advancement Committee within her clinical program.
|Building multi-level support for recreational staff members to infuse mental health promotion into everyday practices||This project is a collaboration with Urban Initiatives, a citywide non-profit foundation that utilizes soccer and active play to promote youth physical and mental health in resource-scarce neighborhoods. The project employs an iterative collaborative approach to enhance the organizational capacity of UI to impact youth physical and mental health by strengthening their workforce development pra||Community Based Children and Family Mental Health Services Research Program||On-going|
|Partners Achieving School Success (PASS)||PASS was a school based mental health prevention and early intervention program for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Our team collaborated with four social service agencies on a school-based prevention and early intervention program for youth in K-3rd grade living in impoverished communities in Chicago (approximately n=700).||Community Based Children and Family Mental Health Services Research Program||Completed|