• 864 Citations
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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.

Education/Academic qualification

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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Grants 2016 2020

Research Output 2006 2019

  • 864 Citations
  • 13 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Knowledge assessment: Game for assessment of symptoms of child physical abuse

Zhao, R., Shelton, C. R., Hetzel-Riggin, M. D., Lariccia, J., Louchart, G., Meanor, A. & Risser, H. J., Aug 26 2019, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, FDG 2019. Khosmood, F., Pirker, J., Apperley, T. & Deterding, S. (eds.). Association for Computing Machinery, 1. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Serious games
1 Citation (Scopus)

Integration of mental health services into an innovative health care delivery model for children with chronic conditions

Glassgow, A. E., Gerges, M., Martin, M. A., Estrada, I., Issa, Z., Lapin, K., Morell, L., Solis, N., Van Voorhees, B. & Risser, H. J., Dec 1 2018, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 95, p. 144-151 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health Services
health service
mental health
health care
Delivery of Health Care
14 Citations (Scopus)

An innovative health-care delivery model for children with medical complexity

Glassgow, A. E., Martin, M. A., Caskey, R., Bansa, M., Gerges, M., Johnson, M., Marko, M., Perry-Bell, K., Risser, H. J., Smith, P. J. & Van Voorhees, B., Sep 1 2017, In : Journal of Child Health Care. 21, 3, p. 263-272 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Delivery of Health Care
Quality of Health Care
Health Care Costs
Hospital Emergency Service
3 Citations (Scopus)

A study protocol testing the implementation, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of the ezParent program in pediatric primary care

Breitenstein, S. M., Schoeny, M., Risser, H. J. & Johnson, T., Sep 1 2016, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 50, p. 229-237 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Primary Health Care
Child Behavior
3 Citations (Scopus)

Do Maternal and Paternal Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Predict Treatment Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence?

Risser, H. J., Messinger, A. M., Fry, D. A., Davidson, L. L. & Schewe, P. A., Jul 1 2013, In : Child Care in Practice. 19, 3, p. 221-236 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mental illness
substance abuse
Substance-Related Disorders
Child Behavior