Erika completed a Master of Health Science and PhD in Public Health at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand, focusing on physical activity in children and young people. She also trained in Sports Science, specialising in Exercise Physiology, and practiced as a physical education teacher at Juntendo University in Japan.
In June 2019, Erika was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Esther van Sluijs. She teaches in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, and supervises MPhil and PhD students.
Erika is a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health, and the Cambridge Metabolic Network. She reviews manuscripts for several journals including International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Travel Behaviour and Society, and BMC Public Health.