Heather J Risser, PhD

Heather J Risser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



NMH/Onterie Building Suite 7-100
446 E Ontario
Chicago IL 60611

Education and Certification

PhD: Northern Illinois University, Clinical Psychology (2008)


Description of Interests

Dr. Heather Risser is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Risser’s research focuses on violence prevention, child welfare, parenting, and access to parenting and mental health promotion services for underserved children and families. As a principal investigator on Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Dr. Risser leads her team in providing training, evaluation, and technical assistance to DCFS. Using the Total Clinical Outcomes Management Model, her team supports DCFS to implement decision-support strategies and outcomes measurement. Dr. Risser also studies parenting interventions designed to promote positive parenting and prevent child physical abuse (CPA) through the use of innovative technologies. Dr. Risser is particularly interested in combining frameworks within psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience to identify and address modifiable risk factors to prevent child physical abuse.

Interests (Keywords)

Child abuse and neglect Child abuse and neglect; Maternal/Fetal Nutrition and Metabolism; Mental Health; Pediatrics; Violence prevention

Research and Publications

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