Health Program Specialist
Dr. Erica Littlejohn is a health program specialist within the DCR, Office of Global Health and Health Disparities (OGHHD). She supports the development, coordination, and implementation of activities and programming aimed at the elimination of health disparities and inequities in neurological disease and is a scientific point of contact for research and funding initiatives related to these efforts. Erica was previously a AAAS Fellow within OGHHD. In her prior role, she supported and coordinated several NINDS health equity strategic planning activities; served as the health disparities and SDOH representative on various NIH workgroups; and led the health equity RFI analysis and health equity literature review. Prior to joining the OGHHD, Dr. Littlejohn completed her PhD at the University of Kentucky where she investigated cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying post-traumatic neural plasticity. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, investigating the electrophysiological function of GABAergic vagal neurons in the brainstem. Erica is interested in activities that build research capacity to better understand social determinants of health and negative outcomes in neurological disease; enhancing the neuroscience health equity research workforce; and topics related to research addressing health disparities and community-based participatory research involving populations across the lifespan.