About Erin

About Erin

Erin was the 2019 winner of the BC Courage to Come Back award in the mental health category! Read about the award and her story in this article by John Kurucz in the Vancouver Courier. (photo by Dan Toulgoet) The award was presented in a gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre on April 24, 2019.

Erin holds an MSc in Neuroscience from UBC. She was the recipient of multiple scholarships at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada awards. In 2002, Erin was diagnosed with schizophrenia and went on to be hospitalized 14 times. Finally, antipsychotic medication helped her regain wellness, stability, and hope. She has since written two books, the memoir When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey With Schizophrenia, and a book combining neuroscience principles with experiences from her clients, When Neurons Tell Stories: A Layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Health.

Georgia Straight Cover
As both a neuroscientist and a person with schizophrenia, Erin hopes to help others understand the condition…It’s a riveting account of what it’s like to listen to degrading, abusive voices and believe everything they say.”

Gail Johnson wrote in the Georgia Straight about Erin and her memoir When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey with Schizophrenia which was featured on the cover - read the full story here.

“Neuroscientist shares story of recovery at mental health conference” “The Power of Peer Support, Stories of Recovery”

Cheryl Ross highlighted Erin’s presentation as one of the speakers at the Family Conference: Family Involvement in the Mental Health System - read the full story here.