Whether you’re a new mom, an old mom, or just thinking about becoming a mom, Marti & Erin 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, Marti & Erin 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 in Children’s Mental Health 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. Some highlights of Marti’s career include leading Vice President Al Gore’s nonpartisan family policy initiative, Family Re-Union, throughout the 1990s and co-leading a child rights training initiative in Tanzania (East Africa) from 2008 to 2011.
In 1986, Marti and U of M colleague Byron Egeland developed and evaluated STEEP™ (Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting), a preventive intervention program for parents and babies at risk of developmental problems. STEEP, and its core strategy, Seeing Is Believing, a video approach to enhance parental sensitivity and understanding, continue to be implemented and adapted in various sites in the U.S. and abroad, including various sites throughout Germany, Austria and, most recently, Ireland. Marti works closely with programs in those countries. Marti also was co-investigator on the Parenting Together Project, a study of intervention to promote father involvement, and she was principal investigator on the 2005 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, has served on the boards of many nonprofits and is co-founder and Chair Emerita of the international 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 since 2006 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 his wife Sarah, Erin and her husband Brett and five lively grandchildren.
Erin Erickson, DNP, MPH, WHNP-BC
Erin is a women’s health nurse practitioner and specialist in maternal-child health. She 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.
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 felt drawn toward direct patient care and decided to pursue a career in nursing. She completed the Master of Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota and, since 2014, has worked at Park Nicollet Health Services in the Twin Cities. Erin also works as a Consultant in Women's Integrative Health at Minnesota Personalized Medicine, where she partners with women to co-create individualized plans for optimal health and recovery. Erin loves working with moms (and dads) and is dedicated to sharing her understanding of the mind-body connection and mindfulness-based skills to help both moms and dads become more reflective and intentional in their parenting and in their lives.
Erin is in the thick of everything the Mom Enough show addresses – and she’s glad to have such supportive friends and family (especially husband, Brett) help her in her journey as a mom to Clara, McKinley and Grant.