Portrait of Erica Fortune

Erica Fortune, PhD

Vice President, Research

Erica E. Fortune, PhD, joined Cancer Support Community (CSC) in 2020 as the Director of Research at our Research and Training Institute (RTI). Holding a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia (2013), Erica brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to her role. Prior to joining CSC, she served as a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.

Erica's research is deeply rooted in cognition, decision-making, and risk-taking, with a recent focus on patient experiences, outcomes, and communication within healthcare settings. Erica has experience with various clinical populations including cancer, HIV, and addictive disorders, and her expertise extends to psychometrics as well as advanced analytical techniques.

At CSC, Erica has been instrumental in several key initiatives. She spearheaded CSC's longitudinal cohort study during the COVID-19 pandemic and played a pivotal role in the development and validation of the CancerSupportSource suite of tools and the VOICE measure. Moreover, she leads efforts in program evaluation, assessing the impact of CSC programming and support on individuals and communities. Additionally, Erica is deeply committed to addressing health disparities, particularly within Spanish-speaking Hispanic and Latino communities.

Erica enjoys baking, exercising, reading, traveling, and meeting new people when she’s not spending time with her husband and cats.