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Dr. Heather Risser is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Risser’s research focuses on violence prevention, child welfare, parenting, and access to parenting and mental health promotion services for underserved children and families. As a principal investigator on Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Dr. Risser leads her team in providing training, evaluation, and technical assistance to DCFS. Using the Total Clinical Outcomes Management Model, her team supports DCFS to implement decision-support strategies and outcomes measurement. Dr. Risser also studies parenting interventions designed to promote positive parenting and prevent child physical abuse (CPA) through the use of innovative technologies. Dr. Risser is particularly interested in combining frameworks within psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience to identify and address modifiable risk factors to prevent child physical abuse.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, PhD, Northern Illinois University

… → 2008

Research interests

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Maternal/Fetal Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Violence Prevention


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