Waters profile

Erika 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 program.

Currently, Dr. Waters has four primary research projects:

  1. Exploring how caregivers of children with asthma think about their child’s risk of having an exacerbation.
  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 the causes and consequences of laypeople’s uncertainty about their risk of cancer and other diseases.
  4. Understanding how, why, and under what circumstances people’s medical treatment decisions are influenced by the risk of experiencing medication side effects.