Erica Littlejohn

Erica Littlejohn, Ph.D.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

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Office of Global Health and Health Disparities
Division of Clinical Research

Dr. Erica Littlejohn is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science & Technology Policy Fellow, within the Office of Global Health and Health Disparities (OGHHD) in the NINDS Division of Clinical Research. In her role, she supports the development, coordination, and implementation of activities and programming aimed at the elimination of health disparities/inequities in neurological disease. Her policy and programmatic interests span the areas of clinical and translational health disparity/inequity research, diversity training and workforce development, and fundamental neuroscience animal research. Prior to joining the OGHHD, in collaboration with organizations and departments of Academic Institutions with interest in training and research equity, Dr. Littlejohn led initiatives that expanded access and resources for underrepresented minority students. Her predoctoral and postdoctoral recruitment and retention work has been recognized by the University of Kentucky and the state of Kentucky through awards that include the University of Kentucky Shane Carlin & Annie Sit Inclusion Award and a Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Consortium (MOSAIIC) Award, and the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives Essence Award . As a postdoctoral fellow she was awarded the Early Career Advocacy Fellowship Award by the American Physiological Society. She completed her PhD at the University of Kentucky where she investigated cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying posttraumatic neural plasticity. Dr. Littlejohn also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas; UT Health San Antonio, investigating the electrophysiological function of GABAergic vagal neurons in the brainstem. Erica is committed to narrowing heath disparities, increasing minority representation in the biomedical sciences, and making strong and meaningful contributions to neuroscience research.