Dr. Felix Goes to Washington

Dr. Erika Felix, Professor of Clinical Psychology at UCSB

Our guest this episode is Dr. Erika Felix, professor of Clinical Psychology at UCSB and a licensed psychologist specializing in trauma treatment for children and families. She recently spent a year in Washington, D.C. as an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow working on disability policy across the lifespan in Senator Casey’s office in the U.S. Senate. Education is everywhere!

Dr. Felix’s research has focused on the risk and protective factors affecting children’s long term mental health following collectively-experienced traumas such as natural disasters, mass shootings, and terrorism and this work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation.

Her research has covered the impact of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, wildfires in California, floods in Texas, terror attacks in DC and NY, a mass shooting in CA, and media exposure to mass violence. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and covered by various news outlets. Dr. Felix trains counseling, clinical, and school psychologists on preventive interventions and trauma treatment for children and has developed a disaster mental health class for undergraduates at UCSB.

Bits of Music You May Notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo," Lou Reed, "America," David Byrne, "Rockin' in the Free World."

This episode first aired on KCSB-FM 91.9 on October 13, 2022.