Dr. Erik L. Carlton is Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy at The University of Memphis School of Public Health. Dr. Carlton has extensive experience in research, project management, training and development, and marketing and public relations, including particular expertise in managing collaborations in both private and public sectors. His current research focuses on the integration of public health and primary care systems, integrating behavioral health systems, increasing interdisciplinary education in healthcare, and public health leadership and workforce development. He currently teaches the healthcare management leadership, healthcare quality and outcomes, and health policy and organization of health systems courses for the School of Public Health. Dr. Carlton has published and presented nationally on a variety of topics, including strategic collaborations, leadership and management development, university-community relations, and technology use in health services research. He is the founder and principal of The Carlton Group, a consulting firm which facilitates collaborations and provides technical assistance, development, and marketing solutions to small business, non-profit, and public sector organizations. He also operates a small counseling and therapy private practice. Dr. Carlton holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Services Management and a Master of Science degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University – Hayward.