Erik James Escareño, LCSW, DSW
Dr. Erik James Escareño, LCSW, DSW identifies as a two-spirited, indigenous (Yavapai Apache and Chiricahua Apache), Los Angeleno fueled by social justice and perpetuating meaningful change. Having expertise in the field of mental health, Dr. Escareño specializes in interventions for LGBTQIA2S+ and Deaf folx, HIV advocacy, BDSM advocacy/education, and non-profit program development. This unique and diverse background fuels their passion and advocacy for further research in the mental health and social work fields through a strong social justice lens.
With well over 15 years of behavioral health experience, their skills have served diverse and intersectional underserved populations including: BIPOC, HIV individuals, Unhoused persons, Recovery individuals, LGBTQIA2S+, and Deaf folx. Dr. Escareño has worked in a professional capacity within varying sectors of the mental health field ranging from individuals, community-based organizations, private entities, academic institutions, and government entities.
Dr. Escareño’s collegiate achievements include a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from University of Southern California, Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), a dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Deaf Studies and Linguistics from CSUN, an Associate of Arts (AA) in Language Arts from Mt. San Antonio College, and an AA in Human Behavior from Rio Hondo College.
They have been an active member of several advocacy organizations including the National Association of Social Workers CA, Rehabilitation and Inclusion Council, Advocacy Council for Abused Deaf Children, Access for All USCCDMH, STEM-OPS, and more.
Aimed at creating purposeful social change and positively disrupting injustice, Dr. Escareño’s skillsets provide both drive and guidance on the Wombat MHS Board. Their role as a grassroots social impact leader that embraces strategy and collaboration, gives rise to a synergistic approach as a Wombat MHS Board Director.