Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Heather J Risser, PhD

Heather J Risser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Focus of Work

Bio

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, evaluat...[Read full text]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.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: Northern Illinois University, Clinical Psychology (2008)

Contact

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