Bachelor of Arts, University of New Orleans, May 1991
Master of Science, University of New Orleans, December 1994
Doctorate of Philosophy, University of New Orleans, August 1997
Years at Tulane:
My primary interests are on infant and early childhood mental health consultation to childcare. I am a senior supervisor for Tulane’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to Child Care Program (TIKES), a founding member of The RAINE Group, a consortium of national experts dedicated to advancing the practice, policy and research in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) convened by Southwest Human Development, and an expert faculty member for the National Center of IECMHC in Washington, DC.
Another area of interest is reflective practice and supervision; in 2009 I co-edited a book with Dr. Linda Gilkerson on providing reflective supervision to professionals in the field of early childhood intervention. I also direct the Tulane Early Childhood Relationships Support and Services (TBEARS), a home visiting program, affiliated with the Fussy Baby Network, which supports caregivers who are struggling with their infant or toddler (see www.tbears.org for more information on this program).
The majority of my current research is related to one of the three areas described above: evaluating the impact of IECMHC, TBEARS, reflective supervision, and parent/teacher support.
Publications & Presentations
Heller, S.S. & Gilkerson, L. (Eds.) (2009) A Practical Guide to Reflective Supervision. Washington, D.C: ZERO TO THREE Press.
Heller, S.S., Rice, J., Boothe, A., Keyes, A., Nagle, G., & Sidell, M. (2012). Mental Health Consultation and Teacher Student Interaction. Early Education and Development, 23(6), 919-944.
Heller, S.S. & Breuer, A. (2015). Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans and Gulf Coast: Using the FAN to Support Families, Zero to Three Journal, 35(3), 56-62.
Heller, S.S. & Ash, J. (2016). The Provider Reflective Process Assessment Scale (PRPAS): Taking a Deep Look into Growing Reflective Capacity in Early Childhood Providers. Zero to Three Journal, 36(2), 22-29.