Erica Fortuna

Erica Fortune, PhD

Director, Research

Erica E. Fortune, PhD, joined Cancer Support Community in 2020 as a Director of Research at our Research and Training Institute (RTI). She earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2013 where she was trained on various research methodologies and psychometric approaches. Prior to joining CSC, Erica was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.

Her research focuses on elements of general cognition, judgment and decision-making, and addiction. Her most recent research effort, prior to joining CSC, focused on how variations in medical decision-making, specifically how much patients trust their physicians and desire autonomy in their treatment choices, might be predicted by a combination of demographic, personality, and behavioral traits. In her role at CSC, she is now expanding this research into the world of psycho-oncology.