A psychologist navigating the mind of social media
Erika M. Dawkins, PsyD, MEd, CSP is currently the School Psychologist for Widener Partnership Charter School, a K through 8th charter school in Chester, PA. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Education (MEd) in Human Sexuality at Widener University, as part of one of their dual degree programs. Also while at Widener, Dr. Dawkins completed the necessary training in school psychology, and is a certified school psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Howard University in 2008, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Dawkins is a member of Life in Christ Ministries in Chester, PA under Bishop Dickie Robbins and Pastor Tina Robbins. She has served there for ten years, and is a greeter, in house mental health consultant, and Director of the Education Committee.
Dr. Dawkins’ clinical and research interests include minority identity development, microaggressions, intersectionality, couples therapy, human sexuality, and more recently, the impact that social media has on self-image and the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. In supporting young minorities around having positive, healthy relationships, Dr. Dawkins has had the opportunity to speak with numerous youth groups, colleges, and universities, and private groups around various challenges they may face, and how to navigate them. She has a passion for working with brown women and families who are seeking to develop and maintain strong, healthy intrapersonal, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Dawkins is also a requested inspirational speaker. Often using her own life story to motivate and encourage those she encounters, her belief is that transparency and communication are the keys to making the connections we desire. In 2019, Dr. Dawkins opened her own counseling, consulting, and coaching firm, Revolutionary Perspectives, LLC. Her life philosophy and objective as the owner of Revolutionary Perspectives, LLC is to “Encourage radical change. Inspire far-reaching impact.” Most recently, she has been asked to serve as the behavioral health advisor for a commission to increase deflection and diversion of individuals stopped by police for sex-related crimes, chartered by the Mayor of the City of Harvey under the direction of the Chief of Police for the City of Harvey. For self-care, Dr. Dawkins enjoys decorative planning/journaling, attending live music events, lifting weights, and traveling. Dr. Dawkins credits her success thus far to her faith in God; her family and friends who push her and challenge her at every turn; and her fearless, run full speed ahead attitude, knowing that even if she trips, she can always get back up and get back at it.
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Widener University, Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Widener University, Masters of Education in Human Sexuality (MEd)
Howard University, Bachelors of Science in Psychology