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Heather Bemis, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Heather Bemis, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her fellowship focuses on early childhood as a critical period for early intervention and developmental research. She is a family

interventionist for the Family Development Program, in which she serves vulnerable families with a baby born into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is developing a curriculum to bring a trauma-informed and family centered lens to the NICU environment.

Clinically, Dr. Bemis is trained in several evidence-based treatment approaches for children and families across a variety of populations and multidisciplinary settings, including medical systems. Her research focuses on coping, family interaction, and adjustment among families of children with medical illnesses, and in particular, the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on these processes. Overall, her work aims to address social and healthcare disparities and to promote positive change at the individual, family, and institutional levels.

Dr. Bemis received her M.S. and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison track.