Bio

Emily P.G. Erickson, freelance writer, looking relaxed and happy along the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, MN.
Emily P.G. Erickson along the banks of the Mississippi River in September 2022.

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer who specializes in service journalism about mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including HealthThe New York TimesRomperWIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).

Emily’s writing, which often covers the practical application of science, benefits from her wide-ranging background. For example, she knows how to break down big ideas and reach lots of people thanks to her work for the City of Saint Paul as its first sustainable transportation planner, a role that promoted environmental sustainability and public health. Emily understands scientific thinking and methodology because of her work as a researcher for a cognitive linguistics lab, a wildlife survey project in Madagascar, and a group studying PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Emily is deeply knowledgable about psychology and has earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and completed an 800-hour psychotherapy practicum at a community mental health clinic where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Plus, she is familiar with the fundamentals of clear writing (and teaching) due to her work as a writing instructor during graduate school and as a freelance editor after.

Today, you can find Emily in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she’s run a book club for 10 years and counting, and on social media, where she’s always @EmilyPGErickson. When she’s not writing, Emily loves baking with her three children and long walks without them.

Emily P.G. Erickson mental health and parenting writer

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) profile for professional member Emily P.G Erickson

American Society of Journalists and Author's profile for professional member Emily P.G. Erickson

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