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Associate Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Dr. Erickson has worked to obtain continuous federal, foundation, internal, and industry funding supporting his and his collaborators' research over the last 10 ten years of his career. He is the inventor or co-inventor on many patents focused on translational treatment development in neurodevelopmental disorders that are held at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and at his previous employer the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is considered an international expert in the clinical treatment of fragile X syndrome and has similar expertise in fragile X-specific clinical trial development. Dr. Erickson is additionally an avid teacher of future generations of child psychiatrists has received several teaching awards for his work in physician education. He also enjoys mentoring junior faculty in the behavioral and developmental neuropsychiatry sub-field of child psychiatry.

Specifically in research, he and his colleagues have moved forward several repurposed molecules for study in fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder including work with acamprosate, riluzole, ketamine, D cycloserine, and N acetyl cysteine among other repurposed molecules. He also is working now to move several novel molecules into autism and fragile X-specific study using proprietary compounds abandoned from initially intended use that may hold promise in the disorders which he and his colleagues study.

Clinical Interests

Fragile X syndrome; inpatient neurodevelopmental disorders acute crisis stabilization

Research Interests

Fragile X syndrome; autism spectrum disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders; molecular blood markers; quantitative measurement of pathophysiology in developmental disabilities; translational treatment development; psychiatric services for those with developmental disabilities and severe behavior

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience


Psychiatry, Psychiatry

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

MS: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2008.

Residency and Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2003-2008.

Certification: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009; Adult Psychiatry, 2008.

My Publications

Differentiating social preference and social anxiety phenotypes in fragile X syndrome using an eye gaze analysis: a pilot study. Hong, MP; Eckert, EM; Pedapati, EV; Shaffer, RC; Dominick, KC; Wink, LK; Sweeney, JA; Erickson, CA. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 2019; 11.

Pharmacologic Interventions for Irritability, Aggression, Agitation and Self-Injurious Behavior in Fragile X Syndrome: An Initial Cross-Sectional Analysis. Eckert, EM; Dominick, KC; Pedapati, EV; Wink, LK; Shaffer, RC; Andrews, H; Choo, TH; Chen, C; Kaufmann, WE; Tartaglia, N; et al. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2019; 49:4595-4602.

Preventive care services and health behaviors in children with fragile X syndrome. Gilbertson, KE; Jackson, HL; Dziuban, EJ; Sherman, SL; Berry-Kravis, EM; Erickson, CA; Valdez, R. Disability and Health Journal. 2019; 12:564-573.

Emotion Regulation Intensive Outpatient Programming: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability. Shaffer, RC; Wink, LK; Ruberg, J; Pittenger, A; Adams, R; Sorter, M; Manning, P; Erickson, CA. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2019; 49:495-508.

A Pilot Quantitative Evaluation of Early Life Language Development in Fragile X Syndrome. Reisinger, DL; Shaffer, RC; Pedapati, EV; Dominick, KC; Erickson, CA. Brain Sciences. 2019; 9:27-27.

Executive Function in Fragile X Syndrome: A Systematic Review. Schmitt, LM; Shaffer, RC; Hessl, D; Erickson, C. Brain Sciences. 2019; 9:15-15.

Psychopharmacology of neurobehavioral disorders. Mooney, LN; Dominick, KC; Erickson, CA. Psychopharmacology of Neurologic Disease. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2019.

Best Practices in Fragile X Syndrome Treatment Development. Erickson, CA; Kaufmann, WE; Budimirovic, DB; Lachiewicz, A; Haas-Givler, B; Miller, RM; Weber, JD; Abbeduto, L; Hessl, D; Hagerman, RJ; et al. Brain Sciences. 2018; 8:224-224.

Characterization of Medication Use in a Multicenter Sample of Pediatric Inpatients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wink, LK; Pedapati, EV; Adams, R; Erickson, CA; Pedersen, KA; Morrow, EM; Kaplan, D; Siegel, M; Res, AD D I. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2018; 48:3711-3719.

Problem Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Association with Verbal Ability and Adapting/Coping Skills. Williams, DL; Mazefsky, CA; Siegel, M; Erickson, C; Gabriels, RL; Kaplan, D; Mazefsky, C; Morrow, EM; Righi, G; Santangelo, SL; et al. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2018; 48:3668-3677.