Following an early career in mental health in the UK, Erica Frydenberg was a school psychologist in the Victorian Department of Education until 1990 when she took up an appointment at the University of Melbourne.
There she was responsible for co-ordination, course development, instruction and supervision of Masters and Doctor of Educational Psychology students.
In January 2012 she then took up a position as Executive Manager, Science and Training in the Australian Psychological Society.
In 2013 she was elected Vice President Oz Child
In 2014 she joined the Positive Education Research Advisory Group, Geelong Grammar School.