Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in service journalism about mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, HealthThe New York TimesRomperWIRED, and more. Besides being a professional member of ASJA, she is also a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).

Previously, Emily researched post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology. As a writer, she blends a scientist’s intellectual rigor with a therapist’s approachability.

Today Emily lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and three sons. To recharge, she loves to create plant-based meals for her family and stroll along the Mississippi River with friends.

info Subjects


Fitness & Nutrition
Health & Medicine


Behavioral health, emotional wellness, meditation, mental health, mindfulness, motherhood, parenting, psychology, emotional wellbeing

notepad Skills

  • Essays
  • Editing
  • News
  • Op-Ed
  • Web copy
  • Blog posts
  • Articles
  • Content marketing

notepad Writing Credits

Everyday Health, Health, Motherly, Motherwell, The New York Times, Parents, Reviewed, Romper, Scary Mommy, WIRED, Verywell Family, Verywell Mind

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.


What To Expect When You’re Expecting The Worst

People who have lost pregnancies often emotionally distance themselves when they become pregnant again. But is that healthy?


Tantrums Are Coming: Neurodiversity Therapists Share 10 Tried & True Strategies For All Types Of Kids

Parents can expect meltdowns as kids get back to the classroom and the world. The same strategies that help neurodiverse children cope with everyday stimuli can also help kids of all types feel safe and regulated.


Here's a Calendar Trick to Ease Post-Pandemic Reentry

Ready or not, the world is opening up. Creating a daily rhythm calendar can help you take it all in at your own pace.


All About Sadness: What Causes It, How to Cope With It, and When to Get Help

Sadness can be a challenging emotion to cope with, but the goal isn’t to avoid it altogether, according to psychologists.


How Not to Be Sad: 9 Tips for Managing the Emotion

The goal isn’t to not feel sad; it’s to understand what’s causing the sadness and learn and grow from it.


8 Signs and Symptoms of Loneliness

Wishing you had more friends isn’t the only symptom of loneliness. Even people with lots of pals sometimes feel lonely. Here are some secret signs to look for.


All About the State of Flow: Definition, Health Effects, and How to Get Into the Zone

Have you ever done a tricky but doable task — say a puzzle — and felt intense engagement, absorption, and enjoyment? If so, you’ve experienced a flow state. Here's what the science says about how it impacts your health and wellbeing and how you can find this psychological state more easily.


All About Self-Efficacy: Definition, Health Effects, and How to Get Better at It

Almost a century ago, a plucky little blue engine first I-think-I-canned her way up a mountain in an iconic display of self-efficacy's power. Here's what the science says about this psychological experience and its impact on health and wellbeing. 


What Makes Someone an Extrovert: Definition, Personality Traits, and Self-Care Tips

Everything you need to know about the science behind extroversion.


What Makes Someone an Introvert: Definition, Personality Traits, and Self-Care Tips

Everything you need to know about introversion.


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