- M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
Erica Plunkett, M.S.Ed., is a research associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has worked at the Centers for over 20 years on multiple projects, including the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Open Circle, and a 5-year impact evaluation study of a middle school sex education curriculum.
Currently, Plunkett works with Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., on depression prevention projects. She supports Dr. Gladstone's work on teens and depression prevention, including data analysis and in-school depression screenings, which include increasing mental health literacy. The majority of Plunkett's time is spent on the Path 2 Purpose study, which is assessing primary care and community-based prevention of mental health disorders in adolescents. This study is a comparative effectiveness research trial to evaluate the efficacy of two different interventions.
Prior to working at the Centers, Plunkett worked in the for-profit world. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bates College and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.