Eric Pedersen, Ph.D.
Director of Digital Mental Health
SC CTSI Role
Dr. Pedersen is the Director of Digital Health within the SC CTSI. In this role, he manages the Digital Scholar Webinar Series, which is a monthly webinar that introduces scholars to digital approaches and tools relevant to their research. The webinar series covers topics such as recruiting study participants online, using digital tools to improve systematic reviews, tips for accelerating the dissemination of research results, and ideas for launching crowdfunding campaigns.
Dr. Pedersen is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at USC and an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research interests are primarily in the areas of young adult/adolescent alcohol use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Dr. Pedersen has received funding to develop brief, online interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among young adult populations such as college students and recently discharged veterans. He is interested in finding ways to target comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and substance use disorders among young adults, as well as in using internet-based methods to help reduce alcohol misuse and promote treatment engagement among non-treatment-seeking young adults. He is also serving as the director of Project ALERT, which is a school-based drug prevention program for middle school youth developed at RAND. Dr. Pedersen received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 2012.
Spending time with family, reading, running