Catherine Cutler Institute

Erika Lichter, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor, Population Health and Health Policy Program
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Dr. Lichter has been on the faculty at USM since 2005. She serves as the lead Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and is currently the evaluator of Maine’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Project. Her work involves using public health surveillance data to analyze trends and identify emerging issues to inform the activities of Maine's Maternal and Child Health Program, Injury Prevention Program, and Children with Special Health Needs Program.

Dr. Lichter has degrees in Maternal and Child Health and Developmental Psychology and is interested in social determinants of health, the effects of stress on child health and well-being, and factors that promote resiliency.

Dr. Lichter lives in Brunswick and enjoys spending time outside with her husband, son, and twin daughters.

Areas of Expertise

Applied epidemiology, public health surveillance, maternal and child health, health equity, data translation, the effects of stress and trauma on health, evaluation research.


Sc.D., Maternal and Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health
M.S., Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Arizona

Professional Activity

Dr. Lichter is a member of the steering committees for Maine's Integrated Youth Health Survey, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. She is a reviewer for American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Child Maltreatment. She is currently on the board of Maine's Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA).