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Erika L. Gustafson MA

Erika L. Gustafson
  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Contact Information
  • gustafs6 [at]
  • (312) 355-0353
  • Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)
    1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:232

Erika Gustafson is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Broadly, her research focuses on community-based interventions to promote healthy psychological development for children and families in communities of urban poverty. 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, community settings such as schools and community organizations, and Latinx 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. Her dissertation examines the relationship between social determinants of health and youth mental health by linking electronic medical record data with a range of neighborhood-level community data. Erika is also an active advocate for promoting diversity within the field, having served as co-chair of the Diversity Advancement Committee within her clinical program.

  • Community-based mental health interventions
    Public health approaches to child and family mental health
    Social determinants of health
    Community health workers
    Intersection of poverty and mental health

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
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