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Erika M. Dawkins, PsyD, MEd

  • Assistant Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Psychology & Mental Health
  • Race

Affiliated Programs


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology (2014)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MEd, Human Sexuality (2014)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MA, Clinical Psychology (2012)
    Widener University (PA)
  • BS, Psychology (2008)
    Howard University

About Me

Hi there! I consider myself to be a metropolitan psychologist with a southern flair. I have developed a style of working with people that is a careful combination of my extensive training, personality, and passion for helping folx actualize their best selves. I approach teaching and working with students and supervisees in a similar way, encouraging reflective thinking, perspective taking, and taking a problem-solving approach to working with areas of vulnerability. I desire to create safe learning environments where things that happen can be seen not as problems but as growth opportunities, and training environments that feel collaborative so that students can own the bulk of the development they see in themselves and their practice over our time together.

Research Interests

My clinical and research interests include minority identity development, microaggressions, intersectionality, grief, trauma, couples therapy, human sexuality, community psychology, and more recently, the impact that social media has on both self-image/worth/esteem and the development and maintenance of intra- and interpersonal relationships. I look forward to partnering with students and faculty across disciplines around research that speaks to the lived experiences of Black people within those interest areas.

Media Expertise

  • Microaggressions
  • Community Psychology
  • Trauma
  • Gun Violence
  • Couples Therapy
  • Relationships
  • Organization/Productivity
  • Body Image (Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Worth)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
  • Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists (DVABPsi)


  • American Psychological Association Fellow, Psychology Summer Institute (2016) 
  • American Psychological Association PreDoctoral Fellow, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, (2013)

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