TEDx UCLA Talk
Dr. Erica Wohldmann holds a joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science (Philosophy of Mind) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge where she teaches classes about ecopsychology, psychological and social influences on food choices, best practices in sustainability, and cognition.
Erica’s research on food choices has been generously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been published in some of the leading peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as featured in Psychology Today and on the National Wildlife Federation website. She has been invited to speak about her research, sustainable agriculture, and best practices across the country in academic institutions and at conferences, to the California Neighborhood and City Council Coalitions, as well as in her community and at popular festivals.
In 2012, Erica traveled through 16 states in the western United States, living in national forests and wild-foraging all of her food and medicine. She is nearing the completion of a book that describes her journey and discusses the importance of reconnecting with nature as a way to mitigate some of the social and environmental dilemmas we face.
Erica also teaches workshops on herbal and medicinal beer brewing, wild-food foraging, and other primitive skills in her community. As an educator, food activist and community organizer, Erica works to create the world in which she wants to live—a just world that is socially and environmentally conscious.