Whether you’re a new mom, an old mom, or just thinking about becoming a mom, they want to hear your thoughts and stories. And, mother or not, if you care about the place of mothers in family, community and the world-at-large, they invite you to join the conversation.
Marti Erickson, PHD
In a long career at the University of Minnesota, Marti served as founding director of the Children, Youth & Family Consortium, director of the Irving B. Harris Training Programs and co-chair of the President’s Initiative on Children, Youth & Families. Marti specializes in linking research, practice and policy in the areas of parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention and children’s mental health. Since retiring from the University in 2008, Marti continues to speak and consult throughout the U.S. and abroad. With a strong interest in promoting human rights, Marti has written and spoken on child rights and recently co-led a two-year child rights training initiative in Tanzania.
In 1986, Marti and a colleague developed and evaluated STEEP™ (Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting), a preventive intervention program for parents and babies at risk of developmental problems. STEEP continues to be implemented and adapted in various sites in the U.S. and abroad. Marti also was co-investigator on the Parenting Together Project, a study of an intervention to promote father involvement. And in 2005 she was principal investigator on The Motherhood Study, a national study of mothers’ needs, concerns and experiences.
Marti's publications include many scholarly articles, book chapters and the book Infants, Toddlers & Families: A Framework for Support and Intervention (Erickson & Kurz-Riemer, 2002). She has been honored for scholarship and service by numerous state, national and international organizations. Marti has served on the boards of many nonprofits and is co-founder and current chair of the Children and Nature Network. With a passion for bringing research-based information to general audiences, Marti has appeared regularly since 1995 on KARE-TV (NBC) news. She is delighted to work with her daughter Erin as co-host of the weekly Mom Enough show and even more delighted to spend downtime with family, which includes Marti's husband Ron, son Ryan (and wife Sarah) and four lively grandchildren.
Erin Erickson, MPH
Erin is a specialist in Maternal-Child Health and has extensive experience speaking on issues related to maternal-child health and parenting. She writes on related topics for several magazines and websites. Previously, Erin wrote for Humanities Magazine at the National Endowment for Humanities in Washington, DC, and, upon her return to Minnesota, she continued freelance writing for several local publications before entering graduate school in the University of Minnesota.
After completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal Child Health Epidemiology and her Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching & Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Erin also completed the Master of Nursing program at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working toward her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Nurse-Midwifery at the U of M and looks forward to supporting women in their journey to motherhood. Even though she is busy parenting and studying, Erin hopes to continue to use her understanding of the mind-body connection and mindfulness-based skills to help both moms and dads become more mindful in their parenting and in their lives – an important step in leading more healthful and balanced lives.
Erin is in the thick of everything the Mom Enough show addresses – and she’s glad to have such supportive friends and family help her in her journey as a single mother to Clara and McKinley.