Dr. Heisler’s research centers on patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations, and disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses. Her work also focuses on behavioral interventions and implementation research, with emphases on looking at health system design and ways to enable peer support and create better linkages between primary care and community resources. She is also deeply interested in issues of health and human rights.
M.D., Harvard University; M.P.A., Princeton University; B.A., American Studies, Amherst College; B.A., Spanish, Amherst College
Improving Health and Strengthening Communities The project: Health and poverty are inextricably linked. Health problems interfere with work and education, and poverty exacerbates health problems, producing a cycle of negative influence that maintains both poverty and ill-health. An effective approach to improve health is through community health workers (CHWs) recruited from and working in their home neighborhoods. Such positions also […]
Can Peer Support Specialists Deliver Technology-Based Job Interview Training for People with Psychiatric Disabilities? An Assessment of Community Needs and Priorities The project: People living with serious mental illness disproportionately live in chronic poverty; conversely, poverty is a risk factor for mental health problems. While 70% of people with serious mental illness want to work, only 10-15% are employed, in part because social and cognitive challenges may interfere with finding a job. This project explored innovative ways […]