Erika is a Lecturer in the Public Health Program in the School of Human, Health and Social Sciences at CQUniversity. She lectures in epidemiology, community needs analysis, health systems and health policy. Erika has over 20 years’ experience managing and leading complex research projects, including multiple national projects on sensitive topics and numerous projects utilising modelling theory and micro-simulation to create decision support systems.
Since moving to academia she is a co-researcher on eleven successful gambling research grant applications, including projects developing the first summary measures of gambling related harm. Erika is a mixed methods researcher, and has undertaken gambling research centred around the experience of harm from gambling; the influence of jackpots on EGM play; the influence of gambling environments; the potential impact of responsible gambling features; the impact of innovation of gambling products; and the development of a scale to measure the effect of stigma associated with gambling. Erika holds a Master of Population Studies (ANU) and is a current PhD candidate examining the influence of gamblers’ partners on their play behaviour, experience of harm, and treatment seeking.