Erica Jayne Friedman, PhD

Program Manager

Pride Center

Office: Social Justice & Inclusion


Pronouns: They/She/He (All Pronouns Welcome)


Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman is thrilled to be here at FIU, bringing from New York over 10 years of higher education experience. Her vision is to empower students to take the lead in administering Pride Center campus events. She hopes to evolve the culture at FIU through advocacy and education to establish our campus as the most supportive and affirming university for LGBTQIA+ students in Florida.

Dr. Friedman received formative training as a social justice agent for queer and trans communities as an undergraduate at Binghamton University and through her doctoral program in psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For over 10 years, she researched topics within gender and queer studies focused on understanding the impact of cisgenderism and heterosexism. She explored how social norms around gender and sexuality develop and can be resisted or changed.

In her free time, Dr. Friedman enjoys worldwide travel and is featured in several travel blogs and magazines. She spent several months in New Zealand volunteering at a local non-profit organization and became SCUBA-certified while in Thailand. Dr. Friedman personally experiences both her gender and sexuality as fluid.


PhD, Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
MA, Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
BA, Psychology, Binghamton University