Erin Ferguson, B.A.

Erin FergusonBiography

Erin is a second year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She graduated from Spelman College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in public health. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined the role of body image in sexual behavior for middle aged African American women.  She has worked on a wide range of research projects related to health psychology and risky behaviors, involving topics such as HIV/AIDS and risky sexual behavior prevention, substance use, and treatment adherence in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Erin is on the Clinical Health Psychology track and works in the Intervention Research Advancing Care Equity (i-RACE) lab under the mentorship of Dr. Nicole Ennis.

Research Focus

Erin’s primary research interests concern the investigation of psychosocial and cultural factors that may influence health outcomes for people living with HIV. She is also interested in identifying the biopsychosocial correlates of risky sexual behavior and substance use, particularly in underrepresented and racial minority populations.


Mannes, Z.L., Burrell, L.E., Zhou, Z., Ferguson, E., Lu, H., Somboonwit, C., Cook R., & Ennis, N (In press). The Association of Therapeutic Versus Recreational Marijuana Use and Antiretroviral Adherence among Adults Living with HIV in Florida. Patient Preference and Adherence.

Mannes, Z.L., Waxenberg, L., Cottler, L.B., Perlstein W., Burrell, L.E., Ferguson, E.G., Edwards, M. &Ennis N. (2018). Prevalence and Correlates of Psychological Distress among Former High Performance Athletes: A Systematic Review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Mannes, Z. L., Bryant, V. E., Burrell, L. E., Lu, H., Ferguson, E. G., Zhou, Z., Cook, R.L., & Ennis, N. (2018). The prevalence and patterns of substance use by birth cohort among HIV-positive adults in Florida. Aging & mental health, 1-9.

Cavazos-Rehg, P. A., Krauss, M. J., Cahn, E., Lee, K. E., Ferguson, E., Rajbhandari, B., … & Bierut, L. J. (2018). Marijuana Promotion Online: an Investigation of Dispensary Practices. Prevention Science, 1-11.

Selected Presentations

Mannes, Z.L., Ferguson, E., Cook R., & Ennis, N (2018). The Association between Recreational versus Therapeutic Marijuana Use on Hazardous Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Associated Behavioral Consequences among Adults Living with HIV. Presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Conference, San Diego, CA.

Ferguson, E., Ukuku, A. (2017). Investigating the perception of body image among middle aged African American women and its association to sexual behavior. Presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Ferguson, E., Escobar Lee, K., Krauss, M., Cavazos-Rehg, P. (2016). Investigating the marketing practices of medical and recreational marijuana dispensary websites. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Tampa, FL.

Awards and Memberships

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program (2017-Present)

American Public Health Association (2017-Present)- Student Member