Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson, PhD

  • Psychology
  • Psychologist What's this? A psychologist is extensively trained to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health illnesses. They are licensed to provide a number of service, including evaluations, therapy and other evidence-based treatments. A common type of treatment is talk therapy (sometimes called cognitive behavioral therapy), but there are many types of therapy styles.

Appointments: (614) 293-9600

About Me

I am a licensed, board certified clinical neuropsychologist and the director of Neuropsychology Services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. What I enjoy most about working at Ohio State is serving patients and working as part of a broader medical community.

Neuropsychological evaluation involves mostly paper-and-pencil assessment of different thinking skills, such as attention, memory, language and problem solving. Changes in mood and behavior are also measured. The evaluation characterizes any cognitive changes that have occurred as a result of a medical illness or injury. Those results are then translated into patient-centered recommendations that may include use of compensatory strategies or implementation of formal job accommodations. The overarching goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to maximize function and independence.

While I see patients with a wide range of medical conditions, my primary area of specialization is brain tumors. I work closely with the OSU neuro-oncology team and have opened a neuropsychology clinic within The James to address those patients’ unique needs.
In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I am actively involved in Ohio State’s robust Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program and consult on various research projects. Furthermore, I am involved in national committees focused on neuropsychology and the integration of neuropsychology within neuro-oncology.


  • Director, Neuropsychology Services, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Brain Cancers
  • Dementia
  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brain Injuries
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Memory Disorders
  • Psychiatry

Education and Training


University of Michigan Hospitals
9/1/2011 - 6/30/2013

More About My Work

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Dawson has reported no relationships with companies or entities.