PSYC 305: Psychology of Adjustment (plus Honors section); PSYC 414: Behavior Principles PSYC; 484: Field Experience; PSYC 485: Undergraduate Directed Studies (plus Honors section); PSYC 491: Undergraduate Research (plus Honors section); PSYC 613: Clinical Assessment Practicum; PSYC 614: Clinical Interventions Practicum ;PSYC 628: Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents ; PSYC 627: Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents; PSYC 639: Seminar in Pediatric Psychology; PSYC 677: Clinical Research Seminar ; PSYC 685:
Graduate Directed Studies ; PSYC 691: Graduate Research
My research area may be subsumed under the broad rubric of clinical child and adolescent psychology, which is concerned with both typical and aberrant behavior and development among children and adolescents and emphasizes the myriad family, interpersonal, biological/medical, and socio-ecological contexts in which young persons are embedded. Significant overlap exists among clinical child/adolescent, developmental, school, and family psychology. Pediatric psychology, or child health psychology, is another research area akin to clinical child and adolescent psychology with sub-specialization applications in health, wellness, medical illness and injury, and developmental disabilities. Clarifying processes involved in individual and family adaptation to pediatric chronic illness and disability or promotion of health and wellness appeals to me as a scientist and a practitioner. Some of my scholarly activities emphasize evidenced-based psychological assessment and some accentuate evidenced-based systems interventions. The link among all this work is an understanding of family and child functioning within developmental and bioecological contexts and a priority on practical application. A more recent secondary line of scholarly activity involves professional issues in education/training in applied psychology. This work is an out-growth of my role as Clinic Director and Associate Director of Clinical Training and my long-standing active participation in the Association of Psychology Training Clinics.
- 2005-2008 Parenting techniques and characteristics associated with childhood behavior problems. U.S Department of Health & Human Services ($50,000)
Heffer, R.W., Chew, B.L., Perna, R., Izmirian, S.C., Ching, M.S.L., Loughan, A.R., Calles, I.M., & Aguirre, V.P. (in press). Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder (pp. xx-xx). In G.M. Kapalka (Ed.), Disruptive disorders: A guide for integrating pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. New York: Routledge.
Garland, B. H., Barry, T.D., & Heffer, R. W. (2013). Parenting techniques as a mediator between female caregivers’ internalizing symptoms and externalizing behaviors among preschool-aged children. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(1), 148-171.
Garland, B. H., Barry, T.D., & Heffer, R. W. (2013). The role of inconsistent discipline and parental involvement on female caregivers’ internalizing symptoms and externalizing behaviors among preschool-aged children. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(1), 211-215.
Fleary, S. A., Taylor, A., Heffer, R. W., & McKyer, E. L. J. (2013). Parent and peer influence on pain medication recreational use: Are their influences similar to that of marijuana use? ISRN Addiction, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/236249.
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R.W., McKyer, E. L. J, & Taylor, A. (2013). A parent-focused pilot intervention to increase parent health literacy and healthy lifestyle choices for young children and families. ISRN Family Medicine, 11 pages. doi:10.5402/2013/619389.
Fleary, S. A., Ettienne-Gittens, & R. Heffer, R. W. (2013) Perceptions of preventive health care and healthy lifestyle choices for low income families: A qualitative study. ISRN Preventive Medicine, 6 pages. doi:10.5402/2013/189180.
Fleary, S. A., Heffer, R. W., & McKyer, E. L. J. (2013) Understanding nonprescription and prescription drug misuse in late adolescence/young adulthood. Journal of Addiction, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/709207.
Fleary, S. A. & Heffer, R. W. (2013). Impact of growing up with a chronically ill sibling on well siblings’ late adolescent functioning. ISRN Family Medicine, 8 pages. doi:10.5402/2013/73756.
Fleary, S.A., Heffer, R.W., & McKyer, E.L.J. (2011). Dispositional, ecological, and demographic influences on adolescent tranquilizer, Ritalin, and narcotics misuse. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 653-663.
Limbers, C.A., Ripperger-Suhler, J., Heffer, R.W., & Varni, J.W. (2011). Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and co-morbid psychiatric disorders: Patient and parent perspectives. Value in Health, 14, 521-530.
Varni, J.W., Limbers, C.A., Neighbors, K., Schulz, K., Lieu, J.E.C., Heffer, R.W., Tuzinkiewicz, K., Mangione-Smith, R., Zimmerman, J.J., & Alonso, E.M. (2011). The PedsQL™ Infant Scales: Feasibility, reliability and validity in healthy and ill infants. Quality of Life Research, 20, 45-55.
Fleary, S.A., Heffer, R.W., McKyer, E.L.J. & Newman, D. (2010). Using the Bioecological Model to predict risk perception of marijuana use and reported marijuana use in adolescence. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 795-798.
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