Ericka Boone, PhD

“Imposter Syndrome: Confronting the Career Development Monster Hiding Under the Bed”

In this session, we will confront imposter syndrome head-on by exploring ideas of reflection, self-care, personal stories, and humor to reduce imposter behaviors and empower session participants.


Ericka Boone bio

Ericka Boone is the acting director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Division of Biomedical Research Workforce. In this role, she provides leadership on the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs to train, sustain, and enhance the diversity of the future of the biomedical research workforce.

Before this, Boone served as director of the NIH Division of Loan Repayment, another program designed to retain talented individuals in research careers. She earned her BA degree in biology from Talladega College and her PhD in biobehavioral health from Penn State University.

“My ultimate passion is mentoring and motivating early-stage investigators to overcoming imposter syndrome and other career development obstacles," Boone says. "As an undergraduate student, I never could have imagined where a career in neuroscience would take me. It has been an awesome and unexpected journey!”