Waters profileErika Waters, PhD, MPH, attended Rutgers University, where she earned her PhD in Social Psychology. She then received her MPH from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health while working as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. She is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Waters is also a scholar at the Institute of Public Health at Washington University. She also teaches two courses for the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree programM19-5252 Comparative Effectiveness Research and M19-505 Ethics in Population and Clinical Health Research.

Currently, Dr. Waters has four primary research projects:

  1. Exploring how cigarette smokers’ responses to information about the presence of a genetic basis for nicotine addiction affects their thoughts, emotions and behavior related to smoking.
  2. Examining how internet-based health risk calculators, such as Your Disease Risk, can be used to affect people’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, including their possible role in alleviating health disparities.
  3. Understanding how, why, and under what circumstances people’s medical treatment decisions are influenced by the risk of experiencing medication side effects.
  4. Understanding the causes and consequences of laypeople’s uncertainty about their risk of cancer and other diseases.