Dr. Heller’s CV


September, 1999


Private practice: Part-time (1968-73). Full-time (1973-present). MA License #1486. Member of Needham Psychotherapy Associates, a multi-disciplinary group practice founded in 1974:

  • Practice primarily focuses on children, families and couples. Also work extensively with adults dealing with affective, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Expert on child development, ADHD, parenting, and marriage.
  • Time-sensitive use of individual, marital, and family therapies. Approach is primarily a mixture of cognitive, psychodynamic, and systemic therapies. “Prepare/Enrich” certified counselor.
  • Practice is characterized by a commitment to quality reflected in above average continuing education credits, reading of numerous journals and newsletters on a regular basis, and the recognition of expertise by peers, referral sources, and the general community.
  • Psychological testing with special focus on learning problems and career assessment.
  • Author of newspaper column, “ParenTalk”, and frequent contributor to articles/news reports on parenting and family/marriage issues in local media.
  • Recognized as an expert on the use of marketing skills in mental health practice.


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1965.Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
M.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1963.Major: Clinical Psychology
B.A. Adelphi University, Garden City, Long Island, New York; 1962.Major: Psychology; Minor: English



1965-66 Clinical Psychology Intern, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, full-time.



1997- Allied Professional Staff with Privileges in Psychology, Deaconess-Glover Hospital, Needham, MA

1970-73 Director, Mental Retardation Programs and Center for Exceptional Children Department of Child Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

1968-70 Chief Psychologist, Boston University-Boston City Hospital Guidance Center, Department of Child Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

1966-68 Staff Psychologist, Worcester Youth Guidance Center, Worcester, MA



1975-78 Instructor in Clinical Psychology, Harvard University School of Medicine, Cambridge, MA

1968-74 Instructor in Psychiatry (1968-71); Assistant Professor (1971-74); Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

1968-71 Assistant Professor, part-time, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA



Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Marketing Tips, Psychotherapy Bulletin, V34(3), 1999.

Co-authored with Kim Ricketts, M.Ed., The Business of Practice: PICK 42 and Practice Development, The Independent Practitioner, V19(3), 1999.

Managing Difficult Behavior in Children: Marketing Tips, Psychotherapy Bulletin, V34 (1), 1999.

Serious Illness Marketing Tips, Psychotherapy Bulletin, V33(3), 1998.

Separation and Divorce Marketing Tips, The Independent Practitioner, V18(2),1998.

Is the Tide Really Turning?, The National Psychologist, V6(6), 1997.

Strategic Marketing: How To Achieve Independence And Prosperity In Your Mental Health Practice, Sarasota, FL:Professional Resource Press, 1997.

Letter on Preschool Safety Classes, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, V4(2), 1995

Preserving Identities in Stepfamilies, Stepfamily Association of America, Inc., V15(2), 1995


1998-Chair, Public Information and Marketing Committee, Division of Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association

1997-Marketing Co-coordinator, The Brochure Project, Divisions 29 &42, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

1995-Massachusetts Psychological Association (1995-1998); APA Division of Independent Practice (1998- ) Representative to the Business of Practice Network, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

1990-Columnist, “ParenTalk”, Suburban World, Inc., Needham, MA

1990-Columnist, Massachusetts Psychological Association Quarterly, Boston, MA

1996-1999 Facilitator, Programs for Working People, Ashland, MA

1996-1999 Facilitator, EAP Systems, Woburn, MA

1994-1995 Workshop Leader, Marketing Techniques for Mental Health Professionals, in collaboration with Massachusetts Psychological Association

1994-1999 Facilitator, The Partnership Group, Lansdale, PA.

1983-86 Management Consultant, The TEC Corporation, Newton, MA

1975-81 Title I Evaluator, Project Realization, Town of Needham, MA

1973-80 Consultant, Special Needs, Pollard Junior High School, Needham, MA

1973-77 Consultant, Psychology Department, Children’s Unit, Metropolitan State Hospital, Belmont, MA

1973-75 Consultant, Dimock Street Pre-School for Physically Handicapped Children, Boston, MA

1966-68 Therapist, Merrifield Center for Emotionally Disturbed Foster Children, Worcester, MA


1968-For over 30 years, more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to effective parenting and building stronger marriages.

1993-Workshops for state psychological associations and for the American Psychological Association on the application of marketing principles to creating more successful private practice.


1994-1999 Presented workshops on a range of topics including parenting, communication skills, stress management, anger management, and work-family balance to more than two dozen corporations in the Greater Boston area as part of Employee Assistance Programs.


10/95- Interview resource for the Boston Herald. Topics have included marital therapy, singles avoiding marriage, student uniforms, isolated teens, how to discuss the presidential sex scandals with your children, home drug testing, parents or peers as the primary influence on children, and violence in the schools.

12/94- Interview resource for The Boston Parents’ Paper. Topics have included children’s transitions, when parents expectations become a problem, disruptive children at holiday dinners, dealing with loss during the holidays, role of grandparents, and the death of a child.

8/3/99: Should Infants Watch TV? (News Night with Margie Ready, New England Cable News)

2/98: Parents’ Dreams; Children’s Realities, (Continental Cablevision, Newton, MA)

11/7/97: Interview, Mental Health Marketing, (Bob Phillips, WKGY-FM, NY,NY)

9/12/97: Interview, Stress in Children, (Evening News. WBZ-TV, Boston, MA)

3/8/97: Interview, Twin Girls Removed From Parental Custody (New England Cable News, Boston, MA)

3/25/96: Interview on Marriage (Matt Siegel Show, KISS 108, Boston, MA)

8/3/95: Spotlight on Preschool Safety Classes (Ch. 56 News, Boston, MA)

3/30/95: The Stresses of Divorce, Spotlight Show (Continental Cablevision, Wellesley, MA)

12/94: Spotlight: Women’s Divorce Forum (Continental Cablevision, Wellesley, MA)

10/92: Easier Parenting in Harder Times (Continental Cablevision, Needham, MA)


1990: More than 100 columns and articles on parenting and marriage have been published in local newspapers. Many of these articles may be found at www.drheller.com.


1998: Career Planning for Successful Practice (6ceu), Massachusetts Psychological Association

1997: Certification as “Prepare/Enrich” Counselor (7 hrs); Suicide: Critical Issues in Assessment and Treatment (14ceu); Child and Adolescent Anger Management (7ceu); AAMFT (11.5ceu including 4 on working with difficult children); CHADD (10ceu including research updates on children and adults).

1996: Cognitive Therapy With Challenging Patients (Judith Beck, 12ceu); Advances in Understanding and Treating Depression (7ceu); AAMFT (16.5 ceu including 5 on “Divorce Busting” and 4 on dealing with violence in relationships).

1995: Anxiety Management Training (4ceu); A.D.D. (Harvard Medical School 14ceu).

1994: APA (17ceu on the business and corporate practice of healthcare; the changing healthcare marketplace); CH.A.D.D. (14ceu including 6 on diagnosis and treatment of adult ADD); AAMFT (17ceu including 5 on stepfamilies and 3 on custody evaluations).

1993: Temperament Throughout Childhood (Stella Chess, 6ceu); Recent Developments in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders (7ceu); AAMFT Conference (21ceu including 5 on Brief Marital Therapy); CH.A.D.D. Conference (13.5ceu including 6 on medical management).

1992: Brief Therapy in Action (Simon Budman; 6ceu); Treating Couples (2 day workshop, 14ceu); New Approaches to Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (5ceu).

Pre-1992: Training Institutes in the following areas:
Family Therapy; Cognitive Therapy; Borderline Disorders; Sexual Dysfunction; Substance Abuse; Organizational Diagnosis; Computer Applications; Clinical Use of Hypnosis (21ceu); Short-Term Psychotherapy; Suicide in Children and Adolescents; Dealing with “Resistance”; Using the Strong and MBTI in Career Change; Fostering Self-esteem in Children and Adults; Gender Issues in Couples and Couples Therapy; Re-Defining the Roles of Men.


American Psychological Association: Divisions 12 (Clinical; also Section 1, Child Clinical), 29 (Psychotherapy), 42 (Independent Practice), 43 (Family), and 46 (Media).

Massachusetts Psychological Association

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Affiliate (AAMFT)

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder (CH.A.D.D.)

Stepfamily Association of America



America’s Health Plan; Freedom Care; Harvard Pilgrim; Health Care Value Management; Magellan; Managed Health Network; Medicare; NYNEX (Parkside); One Health; Preferred Mental Health Management; Preferred Plan of Massachusetts; Private Health Care Systems; Tufts Health Care; UnitedHealthCare; United Behavioral Health Systems; USA Health Network; Value/Options.

    You can find out more about Dr. Heller and read his past articles at www.drheller.com.