Erika van der Velden earned her BA at Bard, where she studied psychology and music. She holds a Masters of Science in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England, and a Masters of Music Education from Longy School of Music. Erika has taught psychology and music in the Bard Sequence and Bard High School Early College Cleveland since 2014. She has also served as Director of Advising at BHSEC Cleveland and Director of Accessibility at Bard College. In addition to teaching, she also works as an executive function coach for high school and college students.