Experience

A Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Heller has more than 35 years of experience as a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist. Since 2011, Dr. Heller has served as a staff forensic psychologist for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services at Rutgers University. He is also a consulting forensic psychologist for Rockland County, New York, providing court-ordered forensic evaluations for child custody and criminal cases, including those involving murder. During his career, Dr. Heller served as the director for a large mental health system for a community of more than 100,000 Native Americans of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as well as clinical director of the Dutchess County Clinic for the Multi-Disabled in New York that served dual-diagnosed patients with autism spectrum and mental disorders. As adjunct associate professor, he taught courses at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Heller provides expert witness consulting services in state, military and federal courts, serving as an expert in psychology, trauma, personal Injury, injured children, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other violent crimes. He also serves as expert witness for evaluating pain and suffering in foster care, group homes, schools, corporations and institutions; as well as negligence, assault and abuse by staff.

Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist, New York, New Jersey
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, New York
  • National Register of the Council of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology, State Reciprocity, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Certificate of Clinical Training in Psychology, New Jersey
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate in Family Forensics, Washington Square Institute
  • New York State Law Guardian Program, Mental Health Panel Member
  • New York City Assigned Counsel Program, Forensic Psychologist Expert
  • New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Approved Forensic Psychologist
  • Post-Graduate Training, Certificate in Basic Theory and Practice of Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Long Island University and the New York Center for Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 2010
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate, Family Forensics, Family Forensics Training Program, Washington Square Institute of Psychotherapy and Mental Health, 2008
  • Family Therapy and Empowering Leadership, Apprenticeship with Virginia Satir, 1986
  • Residential Training and Performance Development Program, Satir Institute of the Southeast, 1998 – 1999
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, St. John’s University, 1974
  • BA, Psychology, Adelphi University, 1971

Affiliations/Awards

  • American Psychological Association, Div. 41, Psychology and the Law, Member
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • The Virginia Satir Avanta Network, Member
  • The Orange County (New York) Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Member
  • Exceptional Contribution to Our xCommunity as a Volunteer Clinical Supervisor, Certificate of Appreciation, Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland County, 2000
  • Outstanding Services to the Cherokee People, Certificate of Appreciation, presented by Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, 1988

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