Erika Christakis, MPH, MA, MEd

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy


Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator whose work lies at the intersection of family, society, and schools. She began her career in the public health field and has been a teacher, preschool director, educational consultant, and Harvard College administrator. She has a special interest in the integration of social-emotional learning and reflective practice in educational settings across the lifespan, including at the collegiate level. Her current work focuses on strengthening curriculum and professional development for early childhood teachers. Her writing on the developmental needs of children and young people has been featured widely in various media, including, the Washington Post,, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, and Huffington Post. A graduate of Harvard College, she has master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lesley University. She is a Massachusetts licensed early childhood teacher (pre-K through 2nd grade) and holds director certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Education & Training

MEd Lesley University, Early Childhood Education (2008)
MA University of Pennsylvania (1993)
MPH Johns Hopkins University (1990)

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