Erika Odom, Ph.D.

CDR Erika Odom (Commander, United States Public Health Service) is a senior epidemiologist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She received her PhD in Applied Developmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, conducting research on maternal mental health and the association with various developmental outcomes for young children.  CDR Odom joined the CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer where her work focused on promoting supportive environments for women who choose to breastfeed.  In her current position, she serves as subject matter expert on the pre-hospital environment and improving the stroke and cardiac chain of survival, while her research agenda focuses on medication adherence and psychosocial factors associated with cardiovascular health. CDR Odom has co-authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed publications and is committed to the advancement of public health science aimed at improving the health of vulnerable and medically underserved populations through excellence in research and programmatic development.