Erica Fletcher, Ph.D.

Zorich Fellow in Mental Health Policy

In 2011, Erica Fletcher graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with majors in Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology and a minor in Medicine & Society. With support from a Presidential Scholarship and the Jeane B. Kempner Predoctoral Fellowship, she completed her PhD at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Her dissertation examined the role of peers in fostering mutual aid practices to promote mental wellbeing. Since her graduation in August 2015, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Houston, her alma mater. In this position, she became a Community Health Worker instructor and the Project Director for Honors in Community Health, a service learning organization to engage student and community members on shared health projects. She also taught courses in cultural anthropology, social medicine, qualitative research methods, and the history of health social movements within The Honors College’s Medicine & Society minor.


As the Zorich Fellow in Mental Health Policy, Erica continues to support community-based approaches to mental health, and collaborates with local coalitions, organizations, and other stakeholders to advocate for innovative mental health policies. Her current research on recovery-oriented mental health care investigates best practices within peer respites and warmlines, operated by those with lived experience of mental health struggles.


A native Texan, Erica enjoys hiking in Big Bend, tubing in the Hill Country, eating tacos in San Antonio, hanging out at coffeehouses in Houston, and going to the beach in Galveston. Her hobbies include filmmaking, photography, gardening, and hosting brunches.



  • Fletcher, E. “On the Borderlands of Care: Toward a Politics of Welcoming.” Accepted chapter in Critical Mental Health Nursing: Exploring Contemporary Issues, editors Steve Williams and Pete Bull. PCCS Books.
  • Fletcher, E., “Uncivilizing ‘Mental Illness’: Contextualizing Diverse Mental States and Posthuman Emotional Ecologies within The Icarus Project.” Accepted for publication in Journal of Medical Humanities.
  • Fletcher, E. and Piemonte, N. (2017) “Beyond the Paradox of Neoliberalism: Cultivating Subversive Politics in Service-Learning and Curriculum Development for the PreHealth Humanities.”Journal of Medical Humanities. DOI:10.1007/s10912-017-9465-1
  • Fletcher, E. (2016), “Dis/Assembling Schizophrenia on YouTube: Theorizing an Analog Body in a Virtual Sphere.” Journal of Medical Humanities 37, no. 3: 257-274. DOI: 10.1007/s10912-014-9286-4
  • Moten, A; Schafer, D.; Fletcher, E.; Montgomery E. (Jan. 2016), “Randomized Controlled Trials as a Driving Force of Evidence-based Public Health on the Population Level.” Perspectives in Public Health 136, no. 1: 25-27. DOI:10.1177/1757913915616731
  • Fletcher, E. (2014), “Viola Strings and Other Troubles: Mentoring a Medical Student’s Artistic Endeavors.”Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine (Spring 2014): 1-7.