Erica E. Coates


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH)

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC)

2115 Wisconsin Ave., NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-944-5400; 855-771-6849


Dr. Coates received her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from the University of South Florida and received specialized training in trauma-informed family treatment at the APA-accredited VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Consortium. Dr. Coates completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland –College Park as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Coates leads the evaluation of the Family Wellbeing Program, which is a multidisciplinary, center-based program supporting caregiver, child, and staff wellness and mental health at early childhood education centers in Washington, D.C. serving predominantly under resourced African American families. Dr. Coates has published several articles on the role of paternal involvement and coparenting in child development among African American families, and her research has been externally supported by several entities including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Life Course Intervention Research Network, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Early childhood mental health
  • Black family mental health
  • Co-parenting
  • Racial socialization
  • Global mental health


  • University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, USA, 2006 – 2009, B.S., Psychology
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, 2010 – 2017, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology           
  • VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2016 – 2017, Psychology Internship
  • University of Maryland, Department of Family Science, College Park, MD, USA, 2017 – 2019, Postdoctoral Fellowship