About

Erica_2016I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney in the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. I have a background in psychology and health science. I’m a public health researcher with three primary areas of research: mental health, urban environment and health, and traditional, complementary and integrative medicine.

I have experience with a range of research methodologies including mixed-methods research design and analysis. Currently, my research is seeking to understand women’s strategies for coping with chronic illness, health practitioner decision-making, complementary self-care in the Australian population, health and high density living, and contaminated neighbourhoods and residents mental health. My strength is based in primary research using theory driven methodologies to understand psychosocial factors influencing health, and health behaviour and decision-making in health care.

I live in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains (Australia) with my partner Martin and dogs Winnie and Spike. I am a music lover who collects vinyl and has a passion for live music. I also love all things vintage (especially 1920s to 1960s), sewing, reading, and spending time in nature.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Health Science, University of New England
  • Diploma of Botanical Medicine, Australasian College of Natural Therapies

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMHA)
  • Planetary Health Alliance (PHA)
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) (Fellow)