Dr. Heck graduated from Vassar College in 1995 with a BS and departmental honors in Psychology. Following college, she worked at Yale University for two years conducting research in the Department of Psychiatry. She earned an M.S. (1999) and a Ph.D.(2003) in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University, which consistently ranks in the top 10 graduate clinical psychology programs in the U.S.
Dr. Heck completed a predoctoral internship in 2003 and a postdoctoral fellowship in 2004, both at Pennsylvania Hospital (part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System) in Philadelphia.
Since the Spring of 2016, she has been a regular guest of G'Town Radio's morning talk show, "Morning Feed" as their in-house expert psychologist. Feel free to check out podcasts of these fun and informative episodes listed under the "links" tab! In her spare time, Dr. Heck also hosts "The (Not So) Hidden Agenda" on G'Town Radio. She developed this show to demonstrate how a person's history influences the life path they take. "Hidden Agenda" features in-depth interviews of local professionals whose work is making an impact on the community. It airs on Saturdays from 4-5pm both online at gtownradio.com and on 92.9fm in NW Philadelphia. (Disclaimer: "Hidden Agenda" is not a part of Dr. Heck's work as a licensed psychologist in any way.)
Dr. Heck has occasionally had the privilege of returning to Pennsylvania Hospital to facilitate parent-infant groups at Hall-Mercer's Child and Parent Center. She has also been an invited instructor and lecturer for the current psychology interns and post-docs at Pennsylvania Hospital. Since 2009, she has served on the faculty of the Early Childhood Mental Health Certification Program, which is offered by the Widener Univeristy Post-Graduate Center. In addition, she is a Past-President of the Delaware Valley chapter of the World Association of Infant Mental Health (DVG-WAIMH).
She holds a license to practice psychology in the state of Pennsylvania.
She is also a member of the following organizations:
- American Psychological Association
- Delaware Valley Group of the World Association of Infant Mental Health
- Philadelphia Society for Clinical Psychologists
- Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- The World Association of Infant Mental Health
Dr. Heck's past research has focused on the effects of stress and life experiences on parents' childrearing.
Feel free to check out her blog about the interface of psychology and modern life at www.moresimplyhuman.com.