Program: Sports Medicine
Erica G. Soltero graduated from Rice University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is a proud alumna from Will Rice residential college.
After graduating from Rice, Erica entered an accelerated doctoral program in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. This program allowed Erica to marry her interests in health science with her passion for promoting health in undeserved communities in Houston. This led to a series of studies focused on developing and testing community-based programs to promote healthy, active lifestyles and prevent obesity in minority youth.
In 2016, Erica graduated with her doctorate and transitioned into a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Soltero extended her previous work to build expertise in the clinical understanding of the development of obesity-related diseases and the use of culturally appropriate physical activity prevention interventions for minority youth. She has obtained external funding in support of her research. Dr. Soltero received an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship grant to examine novel biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases in youth with obesity. She has also received a pilot grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health to expand her expertiseon the relationship between physical activity and diabetes related outcomes in youth with obesity.
In 2019, Dr. Soltero returned to Houston and joined the faculty at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center and the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Erica is excited to continue her work implementing evidence-based obesity and cardiometabolic disease prevention programs that address disparities in high-risk pediatric populations.
So far in her career, Dr. Soltero has been highly productive in her research efforts, with almost 30 publications, 40 abstract citations, and 4 meritorious awards. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Soltero is an active member of the Network for Minority Research Investigators as part of the National Institutes for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and active member in national professional societies such as The Obesity Society and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Now that she is back in Houston, Erica looks forward to volunteering in the Rice community with the Gateway Program and Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission.
Erica Soltero, PhD
Houston, TX 77030