Heather MacPherson Heather MacPherson, PhD

Role(s)

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department
  • Co-Director, Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services

Degrees

  • PhD, Child Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • MA, Child Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Psychology, Boston University

Teaching

  • Clinical Practice I & II
  • Child/Adolescent CBT Theory and Practice

Research and Practice Interests

  • Pediatric Mood Disorders (Depressive and Bipolar Spectrum Disorders)
  • Suicide
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
  • Evidence-Based Treatments
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Predictors, Moderators, and Mediators of Treatment Response
  • Parent- and Family-Based Mechanisms of Change
  • Community Effectiveness, Implementation, and Dissemination

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Awards

  • 2020-2022: John and Polly Sparks Foundation Early Career Grant, American Psychological Foundation
  • 2020-2021: Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services Fellowship, NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research
  • 2019-2021: NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Award 
  • 2012-2013: Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University
  • 2012: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, The Ohio State University
  • 2011-2012: NIH TL1 Mentored Research Training Award, The Ohio State University, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • 2008-2012: Graduate Student Conference Presentation Award, The Ohio State University
  • 2008-2009: Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University
  • 2008: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, The Ohio State University
  • 2007: Partners in Excellence Award, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2005-2006: Dean’s Scholar, Boston University
  • 2002-2006: Partial Merit Scholarship, Boston University

Publications and Presentations

Dr. MacPherson's Google Scholar Profile

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Consultant, Bradley Hospital
  • Associate in Psychology, Harvard Universiy
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • Editorial Board, Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Listserv Manager, Board of Directors, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • 2017-2021: Staff Psychologist, Bradley Hospital
  • 2017-2021: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory for Youth Mental Health, Harvard University
  • 2014-2015: Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Division 53 of APA
    • Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of APA
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
    • Bipolar Disorders Special Interest Group of ABCT
    • Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group of ABCT            

Community Engagement

  • Co-Director, Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services