Health Scientist Administrator
Dr. Erica L. Spotts is a health scientist administrator for the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the NIH. In that role, she supports the OBSSR mission to enhance the impact of health-related behavioral and social sciences research, coordinate and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise, and communicate health-related behavioral and social sciences research findings. Dr. Spotts previously served in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Spotts obtained her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the George Washington University. Prior to joining NIA, she completed postdoctoral training in behavior genetics and epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and then worked as a research professor at the George Washington University. Dr. Spotts’ research interests focus on the interplay of interpersonal relationships, mental health, and genetic factors in adolescence and adulthood. At the NIH, she has focused on promoting research that integrates behavioral, social and genetic sciences. More recently, Dr. Spotts has been organizing OBSSR’s Training Committee, which has the mission of identifying and addressing training needs in the behavioral and social science community both within and outside of the NIH.