Heather Foran is an American Clinical Psychologist who completed her doctorate at Stony Brook University in 2009 and requirements for licensure as a psychologist in 2010. She is currently licensed to practice in both the United States (PP/KJP) and Germany (als PP) . Dr. Foran completed her Habilitation in Psychology at the University of Braunschweig in 2013. She is currently principal investigator of a research grant funded through the German Research Foundation (DFG) that examines the links between family functioning and psychopathology in three longitudinal samples of German and American families. Her primary research interests revolve around understanding the implications of couple and parent-child relationships for the treatment and prevention of common mental health disorders and chronic illnesses. Much of her recent work has focused on assessment, surveillance, and models of risk and protection of partner and child abuse and she has been heavily involved with an international working group to improve the assessment of relational problems in the ICD-11 and DSM-V.
Habilitation in Psychology, 2013
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
(Mentor: Prof. Dr. Kurt Hahlweg)
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2009
Stony Brook University, New York, USA
(Mentor: Distinguished Prof. Dr. Daniel K. O Leary)
Licensed Psychologist, U.S., New York, since 2010
Approbierte Psychologische Psychotherapeutin (VT) Germany, since 2015
Our main research interest is in understanding causal links between family psychopathology and health, including mental and physical health. We take a public health approach to our work and are very interested in evaluation and dissemination of interventions targeting family risk factors (e.g., dysfunctional parenting, intimate partner violence, and intimate relationship discord) as a way to improve mental and physical health outcomes in families and reduce health care costs. In addition, we are interested in bridging the gap between family and health psychology by testing biopsychosocial models of inflammatory diseases and depression with an emphasis on understanding the role of interpersonal dysfunction in disease progression. We are also interested in models of integrated health care and improving detection of and referral for family problems across health care settings (e.g., primary care, pediatric settings).