Muskie School of Public Service

Erika Lichter Sc.D.

Associate Research Professor of Public Health
Erika Lichter

Office Location

ME Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 286 Water St, 5th Fl, Augusta

Phone

207-287-4598

Academic Degrees

  • Harvard School of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, ScD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Public Health, MS
  • University of Arizona, Developmental Psychology, MA
  • Colby College, Psychology, BA

Profile

Erika Lichter is an Associate Research Professor of Public Health in the USM Muskie School of Public Service and serves as the lead Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). She is also the lead evaluator of Maine’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.  Dr. Lichter has expertise in applied epidemiology and public health surveillance in the areas of pregnancy and birth outcomes, child and adolescent risk and protective factors, and injury and suicide prevention. Her research has focused on the impact of sexual and intimate partner violence on children and women’s well-being. She is interested in how stress and other social determinants impact health and contribute to health inequity.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maternal and child health epidemiology
  • Applied epidemiology
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Data translation and visualization
  • Program evaluation

Research Interests

Pregnancy and birth outcomes; Women’s physical and mental health; infant mortality; injury and suicide epidemiology; Intimate partner violence and sexual assault and its impact on health;  the impact of stress on health and factors that promote resiliency; health equity

Recent Publications

See here for a list of Dr. Lichter's recent publications.

Recent Reports

Lichter, E.L., Pizzonia, C., Poirier, B., Hopper, F., Milkowski, C., Elbaum-Williamson, M. (2020). Maine Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Needs Assessment Update. Augusta, Maine: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

 

Lichter, E.L., Mervis, C.M. (2019). Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV): Maine Final Narrative Report. Augusta, Maine: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

 

Pizzonia, C., Lichter E.L., Teach, F., Birkhimer, N., Morian-Lozano, E. (2019) The Way Health Should Be: Social Determinants of Health in Maine. Augusta, Maine: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/phdata/MaineCHNA/documents/SDOH-Report-11-15-2019.pdf

 

Lichter, E.L., Mervis, C.M., Poirier, B., Elbaum-Williamson, M., Pratt, J., Teach, F. (2017). Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV): Maine Final Narrative Report. Augusta, Maine: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

 

Lichter, E.L., Morian-Lozano, E., Teach, F., Poirier, B., Green-Parsons, A., Pizzonia, C.  (2016). Using Data to Promote Health Equity: Maine 2016. Augusta, Maine: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/documents/Health-Equity-Report_Final_3.20.17.pdf

 

Hopper, F., Lichter, E.L., King, S. (2016).  Adolescent Sexual Health Report Maine. Augusta, Maine: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.