Sherryl Heller

Associate Professor, Tulane University

Sherryl Scott Heller, PhD, a licensed psychologist, has worked in the area of infant and early childhood mental health and development for over 25 years. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Tulane University for most of her career. In her time there she has worked with the Infant Team, directed by Charley Zeanah and Julie Larrieu, where she led a team focused on supporting foster families caring for infants and young children. In 2009 she co-edited a book on reflective supervision with Linda Gilkerson that came out of the consultation work she provide through the Zero to Three Pathways program to Early Head Start programs in Louisiana. Sherry has been a member of the leadership team for Tulane’s TIKES program since 2005. This program provides mental health consultation to childcare programs statewide; Sherry provides reflective supervision to many of the TIKES consultants and leads their research and evaluation efforts. She spent several years directing the Tulane Building Early Relationships and Supports home visiting program, where she became and remains a member of the Fussy Baby Network at Erikson and a FAN trainer. During her 2012 Zero to Three Fellowship Sherry focused on developing the Provider Reflective Process Assessment Scales (PRPAS), a measure that assesses reflective capacity in early childhood providers. Her commitment to supporting early childhood providers extends to work creating and providing professional trainings. Sherry presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics such as: the DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood, early childhood mental health, mental health consultation, the Fussy Baby Network FAN model and reflective practice. Sherry is a Zero to Three Graduate Fellow, a founding member of the RAINE group, serves as the Training Director of the Reflective Supervision Collaborative (RSC), is an expert faculty member for the SAMSHA funded Center of Excellence on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation at Georgetown University and a faculty member at the Institute for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University.