Erika Wesonga

Erika Wesonga

Psychological and Brain Sciences
Inducted in 2017

Erika Wesonga graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Science program of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. As a member of Dr. Desiree White’s Developmental Neuropsychology Lab, she conducts research that aims to increase our understanding of relationships between cognitive development and academic achievement in pediatric populations, including children with learning disorders, phenylketonuria, and sickle cell disease. Her dissertation work focuses on the clinical utility of measures of executive functioning to predict academic outcomes in children with sickle cell disease. During her time at Washington University, Erika has demonstrated her commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion within her campus community through various efforts. She is a former co-president of the Black Graduate Council and participates in a mentorship program with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. She has served on the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Graduate Student Senate, as well as the Advisory Board to the university’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.