Erika Dyck grew up in Saskatoon and started a BA in history at the University of Saskatchewan before transferring to Dalhousie to complete her degree in History. She returned to Saskatchewan and completed a Masters degree with Valerie Korinek in 2000. After a year working at a law firm in Toronto, she began her PhD in History of Medicine at McMaster University. Her dissertation was published as a book, Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus by Johns Hopkins University Press (2008), republished by the University of Manitoba Press in 2011. Her 2013 book Facing Eugenics was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in Social Sciences and for the John A. Macdonald Prize.
From 2005-2008 Erika was the co-director of the History of Medicine Program at the University of Alberta, where she was cross-appointed to Departments of History & Classics and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. In Alberta she taught history courses for medical students as well as history of medicine courses for undergraduates and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts, with particular emphasis on the history of psychiatry and mental health.
At the University of Saskatchewan Erika teaches courses in the history of medicine and madness. She is particularly interested in making history inclusive and learning about people who have been written about, but rarely listened to. Some of the community-engaged collaborations have created space for these discussions, see: https://madnesscanada.com/ and www.eugenicsarchive.ca.This has extended to work focused on the COVID-19 pandemic with the COVID-19 Community Archive.
Erika also serves as the co-editor of the Canadian Bulletin for Medical History/Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la medicine with Aline Charles.
In 2014, Erika was nominated to The New College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada and was inducted later that year.
In 2019, she was a Visiting Professor in the Medical Humanities Program at Shanghai University.
Erika is currently an executive member and Associate Director for Chacruna Canada and an Associate Member of the Insitute for the History and Philosophy of Science & Technology at the University of Toronto.
In 2021/2022 she co-hosted the Gender, Health, and Social Justice Speaker Series with Dr. Whitney Wood. Find out more here.
Erika is the Program Committee Chair for the Alcohol and Drugs History Society's (ADHS) bi-annual Conference, June 15-17th, 2022 in Mexico City. View the program and read the abstracts to learn more about the presentations.
The University of Saskatchewan's Department of History is happy to host the 8th meeting of the MOMS (Manitoba-Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan) History of Medicine Conference, October 21-23, 2022. View the program and follow along on Twitter (@ConferenceMoms)!
The conference begins on Friday October 21 with a public poster display by the Remember/Rebuild Saskatchewan initative, jointly presented by the Department of History and Community Health and Epidemiology, highlighting some of their work which looks at how we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us after the poster display for the Keynote Presentation by Dr. Jacob Steere-Williams (College of Charleston) "Pandemics Past, Endemic Futures: The Politics of Disease Categories". More details here.