Sherryl Scott Heller, PhD

Current Positions:
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Research Coordinator and Senior Mental Health Consultant

Education and Training:
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: Since 1998

Sherryl Scott Heller, Ph.D., an applied developmental psychologist, is currently a senior mental health consultant on a statewide initiative focused on improving the quality of child care centers through the development of a quality rating system and mental health consultation services for child care programs statewide. She currently provides reflective supervision to the mental health consultants who provide consultation to child care centers throughout the state. Dr. Heller has long-standing clinical and research interests in the effects of maltreatment on child development; the development of attachment and attachment disturbances in very young children; child care; gender development and disturbances; the effects of violence on child development; perinatal loss, and reflective supervision.


Robinson, L.R., Morris, A.S., Heller, S.S., & Boris, N.W . Relations between Emotion Regulation,Parenting, and Psychopathology in Young Maltreated Children in Out of Home Care. Journal of Child and Family Studies. J Child Fam Stud (2009) 18:421-434.

Larrieu, Julie A.; Heller, Sherryl S.; Smyke, Anna T.; Zeanah, Charles H.; Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol 29(1), Jan-Feb 2008. Special issue: Forensic issues in infant mental health. pp. 48-60.

Beeber, L., Chazan-Cohen, R., Squires, J., Harden, B., Boris, N., Heller, S., Malik, N. (2007). The Early Promotion and Intervention Research Consortium (E-PIRC): Five approaches to improving infant/toddler mental health in Early Head Start. . Infant Mental Health Journal, 28(2), 130-150.



Sherryl Heller

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000