Erika Felix, Ph.D.


Erika Felix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara


Erika Felix is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a licensed psychologist serving children and families. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from DePaul University. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and private foundations. Her program evaluation experience spans 20 years, serving local education agencies, juvenile court, non-profits, and county government. She disseminates her work through peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and interviews with news media outlets.

Research Interests

Her research is focused on understanding the contextual factors that promote positive youth development or recovery despite contexts of risk, trauma, or stress. She pursues this through research on: (1) promoting adaptive recovery for youth following collectively-experienced traumas, (2) youth victimization and its consequences, and (3) research and evaluation to improve community-based services.

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