Anna Erickson has taught Psychology 250: Industrial- Organizational Psychology at St. Olaf for five years and loves working with students.  She has a passion for the research and practice of I-O Psychology and is inspired to share her enthusiasm with others. 

When she’s not teaching, Dr. Erickson works as an I-O Practitioner, helping organizations improve their hiring and talent management processes, work environments, employee engagement, and leadership effectiveness by applying psychological principles and evidence-based practices.  She has worked as a consultant for several global consulting firms delivering services to numerous organizations including ABC News, Ameriprise, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CARE, Coloplast, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Glanbia, Mazda, Nissan, Southern Company, Sprint, Target, Time Warner, United Health Group, United Technologies Corporation, and US Army.  She has provided leadership feedback to more than 100 executives across dozens of industries.

Dr. Erickson grew up in Minnesota and earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with majors in Psychology and Business Administration.  She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University.  She is an active member and has held committee and leadership positions in a number of professional organizations including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW), and Texas Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. She has also served on the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program at the state and national levels, a program designed to recognize organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. She is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on the topics of executive development, talent management, and employee engagement.