Hi. I’m Erik.
I am an assistant professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake, where I’m faculty in the combined school/clinical health service psychology doctoral program and in the specialist-level school psychology program. I’m a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Although trained as a generalist in evidence-based school psychology, my particular interests include school-based mental health services, youth suicide, behavioral interventions (e.g., ABA, DBT, ACT), and psychometrics.
I completed my postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Psychological Services at the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, where I also completed my APA-accredited doctoral internship. I earned a PhD in school psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the guidance of Sara Whitcomb, PhD. Prior to my PhD, I earned a master’s degree in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University. While at Columbia, I completed my student teaching practicum and gained initial certification as a secondary English Language Arts teacher in New York.
Before internship, I was an advanced practicum student at the UMass Psychological Services Center where I served on two teams. On the School Team, I provided behavioral consultation to local schools – including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) implementation technical assistance. On the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Team, I provided adherent, full-protocol DBT (i.e., individual counseling, skills group facilitation, phone coaching, and clinician consultation team) with college students and adults with suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, and/or borderline personality disorder. On the DBT Team, I was supervised Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD LP – a DBT-Linehan Board certified clinician.
I have experience working in a number of K-12 schools in New York, Massachusetts, and Texas, an adolescent behavioral treatment residence, a homeless shelter, a rape crisis center, a university psychology training clinic, college residence halls, and serving on foster care review panels. Much of my work has been with children, adolescents, and young adults who have substantial emotional and behavioral challenges – both directly and through supporting their teachers and paraprofessionals.
I’m a member of the American Association of Suicidology, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the International Network of Early Career Researchers in Suicide and Self Harm.