Sherryl Scott Heller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
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Sherryl Scott Heller, Ph.D., an applied developmental psychologist, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane University School of Medicine. She is currently a fellow in ZERO TO THREE’s Leaders for the 21st Century program (2012-2013). In 2009 Dr. Heller co-edited a book on Reflective Supervision with Linda Gilkerson that was published by ZERO TO THREE press. Dr. Heller’s project, during this fellowship, focuses on developing a measure to assess change in reflective capacity in early interventionists participating in reflective supervision. Dr. Heller provides early childhood mental health consultation to kindergarten programs at charter schools in the greater the New Orleans Area through partnerships with Seamless Transitions, New Orleans Outreach and Agenda for Children. Dr. Heller also provides consultation and trainings in early childhood mental health consultation and reflective supervision and the Crowell procedure. She also leads trainings on the administration and coding of the Crowell parent child interaction procedure; a procedure used as a method of observing caregiver-child interactions (Crowell & Feldman, 1988; 1991; Crowell, Feldman & Ginsburg, 1988) in a clinical setting.  Dr. Heller has a variety of research in infant mental health topics such as reflective supervision, the Crowell parent child interaction procedure, effects of maltreatment on child development, the development of attachment and attachment disturbances in very young children, mental health consultation to child care settings, the effects of violence on child development, and young children in military families. Dr. Heller has been a faculty member in Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for over 15 years.