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Curriculum Vita (.pdf)

CURRICULUM VITA

EDUCATION

Senior University of Washington (2009-2010) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Juvenile

Fellow Forensic Psychology and Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

Ph.D. University of Utah (2009) Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Specialization

Dissertation Title: Evaluating the Efficacy of a Brief Coparenting Intervention for Adolescents: Improving Parenting Attitudes, Stress and Behavior.

(Chair, Dr. Paul Florsheim, Ph.D.)

Clinical Western State Hospital (2008-2009) APA Approved

Internship Rotations: Program for Forensic Evaluations in Community and Corrections, Child Study and Treatment Center, Special Commitment Center

M.S. University of Utah (2006) Master of Science in Psychology

Thesis title: Manipulation of Craving in Substance Abusing Adolescents

(Chair, Dr. Paul Florsheim, Ph.D.)

B.S. Boise State University (2002) Bachelor of Science in Psychology

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

July 2010 – Sarah M. Heavin, PhD, PLLC, Private Practice.

Present Conduct forensic psychological assessments for children and adults in both criminal and civil matters. Render expert opinions for King, Pierce, Mason, and Snohomish Counties, and Federal Courts. Provide forensic psychological opinions in civil matters regarding whether an individual was impacted by medical malpractice, personal injury, or wrongful death. Criminally, provide forensic psychological opinions in criminal matters regarding the role of trauma and youthfulness on offending behavior. Conduct pretrial evaluations and evaluations for sentencing mitigation, including assessments of competence to stand trial, sanity, and diminished capacity.

September 2010 – University of Puget Sound, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Present Teach courses in Introduction to Psychology, Human Development (both Child Development and Adult Development/Death Education courses), and Abnormal Psychology. Participate in student advising and supervision of student-led research, independent study, and practicum experience.

November 2015- Educational Assessment Consultant, The Ark Institute of Learning.

Present Provide expert consultation and supervision regarding the assessment of Learning Disabilities in a community setting.

July 2010- Child Study and Treatment Center, Family Therapy Services Director.

May 2011 Provided individual therapy for children and adolescents within an inpatient psychiatric hospital using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) models. Provided family therapy and supervised PhD level staff regarding the implementation of family therapy models, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

PUBLICATIONS

Florsheim, P., Burrow-Sanchez, J., Minami, PhD, McArthur, L., Heavin, S., & Hudak, C.

(2012). The Young Parenthood Program: Supporting Positive Paternal Engagement through Co-parenting Counseling. American Journal of Public Health.

Florsheim, P., McArthur, L., Hudak, C., Heavin, S. & Burrow-Sanchez, J. (2011) The Young

Parenthood Program: A co-parenting counseling program for pregnant adolescents and

young expectant fathers. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(2), 117-134.

Lexcen, F., Heavin, S., & Redick, C. (2010). A Clinical Application of the Juvenile Adjudicative

Competence Interview (JACI). Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 2, 287-305.

Lexcen, F. & Heavin, S. (2010). Evaluating for Competence to Proceed in Juvenile Court:

Findings with a Semi-Structured Interview. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 2, 359-376.

Florsheim, P., Heavin, S., Tiffany, S, Colvin, P., and Hiraoka, R. (2007). An Experimental Test

of Craving Management Techniques for Adolescents in Substance-Abuse Treatment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-007-9232-0.

Florsheim, P., Shiozaki, T., Hiraoka, G., Tiffany, S., Heavin, S, Teske, N., & Clegg, C.

(2007). Craving among polysubstance abusing adolescents. Journal of Child and

Adolescent Substance Abuse, 17(2), 101-124.

Turrisi, R., Hillhouse, J., Heavin, S., Robinson, J., Adams, M., & Berry, J. (2004). Examination

of the short-term efficacy of a parent- based intervention to prevent skin cancer. Journal

of Behavioral Medicine, 27(4), 393-412.

INVITED LECTURES

Heavin, S. (2016). Personality Disorders. Presented for the Department of Assigned Counsel for

Pierce County in Tacoma, WA, on July 26, 2016.

Heavin, S. (2015). Competence to Stand Trial. Presented for Geoffrey Loftus at the

University of Washington in Seattle, WA on October 19, 2015.

Heaving, S. (2015). Helicopter Mom vs. Helipad Mom: The role of risk in children’s mental (1)

health and development. Presented for the Holistic Mom’s Network in Tacoma, WA on June, 22, 20151.

Heavin, S. (2014). Everything I need to Know. Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Speech. Presented

at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA on March 25, 2014.

Heavin, S. (2013). Applied Principles in the Psychological Treatment of Traumatic Events.

Presented at the Weyerhaeuser Colloquium in Tacoma, WA on February 12, 2013.

Heavin, S. (2012). Parent Coaching and Shadowing. Presented for Camano Cottage, Child Study

and Treatment Center on May 16, 2012 in Tacoma, WA.

Heavin, S. (2011) Why Teens Do the Things They Do: Brain, Identity, & Behavior. Presented

December 13, 2011 at The Reach Center in Tacoma, WA.

Heavin, S. (2010). Child and Adolescent Issues in Trauma. Presented at the Washington State

Association for Justice Psychological Injuries Program on November 18, 2010 in Seattle, WA.

Heavin, S., Adler, R., & McMinimee, S. (2010). Violence Risk Assessment in Schools: State of

the Art as Seen Through a Wide Lens. Presented at the Oregon-Washington School Psychology Conference on October 15, 2010 in Vancouver, WA.

Heavin, S. (2010). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Issues for Treatment Providers. Presented for

Orcas Cottage, Child Study and Treatment Center on May 18, 2010.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2014 Monetary Psi Chi Research Award, Western Psychological Association

2006 – 2008 All Department Commendation, overall excellence in teaching, clinical work, and research productivity. Two-time award winner, University of Utah

2007 Clinical Commendation, outstanding clinical service, University of Utah

2006 Kevin Hawley Award Winner, contributing to departmental atmosphere through academic excellence, charitable sharing of time and improving student morale, University of Utah

2004 – 2007 Graduate Research Travel Award, conference travel funds based on research quality and significance. Three time award winner, University of Utah

2003 Teaching Commendation, exceptional performance in the instruction of undergraduate coursework, University of Utah

2002 Presidents Award for Distinguished Service, given to three students recognized as role models and mentors to other student leaders and for advancing student life, Boise State University.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Smith, M.S., Kelly, S., & Heavin, S. (2014). Durations and Outcomes of High Risk Foster

Placements. (2014). Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR

Florsheim, P., Hudak, C., Heavin, S., Burrow-Sanchez, J., McArthur, L., Lemke, M., Frausto, K.

Paredes, R. (2010). Including Young Fathers in Preventing Repeat Pregnancies Among Adolescent Mothers: A Couples Program for Promoting Birth Control. Presented as part of symposium titled, “A Public Health Perspective on Adolescent Romance and Sexual Behavior.” Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Heavin, S., Lexcen, F., & Zimmerman, E. (2010). Demographic and Clinical Influences on

Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial. Presented as part of symposium titled, “Improving Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial Evaluations: Clinical Approaches, Empirical Results, and Multi-Disciplinary Concerns.” Symposium moderated by Tom Grisso. American Psycho-Legal Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Olivares, I., Saenz, J. McArthur, M., Heavin, S., Paredes, R. Sanchez, J. Neve, C., Torres, Y.,

Burrow-Sanchez, J., and Florsheim, P. (2008). An Intervention for Pregnant Teens and

Their Partners: Do Differences in Relationship Security Predict Treatment Response?

Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rodriguez, M., Heavin, S., Galliher, R., & Torres, Y. (2008). Cultural Considerations in

Providing Intervention for Adolescents. Invited Oral Presentation. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.

Torres, Y., Lauritzen, D., Heavin, S., & Florsheim, P. (2008). Family Relationships and Risk for

Substance Abuse: Differences between Latino and European-American Young Expectant Fathers. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.

Wrona, M., Henderson, J., Heavin, S., & Florsheim, P. (2008). Testing a Relationship Focused

Intervention for Pregnant Adolescents and their Partners. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.

Florsheim, P., Heavin, S., and Tiffany, S. (2006). Refining intervention science: Using

experimental methods to test the mechanisms of treatment with clinical samples of adolescents. Invited Talk in honor of Daniel Offer. University of Illinois Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research.

Heavin, S., Colvin, P., Florsheim, P, & Tiffany, S. (2006). Individual Differences in craving

experience among adolescents with substance use disorders. Presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology: Lawrence, KS.

Heavin, S., Colvin, P. Florsheim, P., & Tiffany, S. (2006). Manipulating craving among

adolescents with substance use disorders. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.

Heavin, S., Florsheim, P., Hiraoka, R., Tiffany, S. & Teske, N. (2005). Manipulating craving

among adolescents with substance use disorders. Presented at the Society for Research on Alcoholism, Santa Barbara, CA

Heavin, S., Florsheim, P., Hiraoka, R., Tiffany, S. & Shiozaki, T. (2005). Understanding and

controlling craving among adolescents with substance use disorders. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Hiraoka, R., Heavin, S., Randall-Stitt, C., Hall, S., Florsheim, P., & Tiffany, S. (2004). Do

adolescent substance abusers have distinct craving experiences for different drugs? Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Reno, NV.

Shiozaki, T., Florsheim, P., Tiffany, S., Heavin, S., Minen, S., & Clegg, C. (2004). Adolescent

substance abuse: Can personality predict craving? Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Reno, NV.

Heavin, S., Adams, M., Berry, J., Scremin, N., Turrisi, R., Hillhouse, J., Hamilton, J. & Glass,

M. (2002). Examination of the short-term efficacy of a parent-based intervention to prevent skin cancer. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.

Hillhouse, J., Glass, M., Turrisi, R, Hamilton, J. & Heavin, S. (2002). An appearance-focused

intervention to reduce indoor tanning-induced UV exposure in high school students. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.

Turrisi, R., Taki, R., Heavin, S., Finn, L & Wood, E. (2001). Examination of a parent-based

intervention to reduce college student drinking tendencies. Paper presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Turrisi, R., Heavin, S., Wiersmna, K. & Hughes, K. (2000). High school behaviors as

moderators in the college binge drinking-consequence relationship: The role of mother-teen communication in reducing college drinking consequences. Paper presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, Denver, CO.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fall 2016 Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Spring 2016 Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Introduction to Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Abnormal Psychology, University of Washington, Tacoma

Fall 2015 Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Developmental Psychopathology, University of Puget Sound

Spring 2015 Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Fall 2014 Introduction to Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Spring 2013 Introduction to Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Fall 2012 Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Developmental Psychopathology, University of Puget Sound

Spring 2012 Introduction to Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Fall 2011 Introduction to Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Adolescent to Adult Development, University of Puget Sound

Developmental Psychopathology, University of Puget Sound

Spring 2011 Infant and Child Development, University of Puget Sound

Fall 2010 Developmental Psychopathology, University of Puget Sound

Fall 2009 Introduction to Psychology, Distance Education, University of Utah

Summer 2009 Introduction to Psychology, Distance Education, University of Utah

Spring 2009 Introduction to Psychology, Distance Education, University of Utah

Fall 2008 Introduction to Psychology, Distance Education, University of Utah

Summer 2008 Introduction to Psychology, Distance Education, University of Utah

Summer 2006 Infancy and Child Development, University of Utah

Spring 2006 Graduate Clinical Assessment, Teaching Assistant, University of Utah

Fall 2005 Graduate Clinical Assessment, Teaching Assistant, University of Utah

Summer 2005 Abnormal Child Psychology, Graduate Instructor, University of Utah

Spring 2005 Abnormal Child Psychology, Graduate Instructor, University of Utah

Fall 2004 Abnormal Child Psychology, Graduate Instructor, University of Utah

Summer 2004 Abnormal Child Psychology, Graduate Instructor, University of Utah

Spring 2004 Research Methods, Teaching Assistant, University of Utah

Fall 2003 Abnormal Child Psychology, Teaching Assistant, University of Utah

Spring 2002 Advanced Statistical Methods, Teaching Assistant, Boise State University

Spring 2001 Child Psychopathology, Teaching Assistant, Boise State University

Fall 2001 Statistical Methods, Teaching Assistant and Paid Tutor, Boise State University

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Spring 2009 – Child Study and Treatment Center- Group and individual therapy for

Spring 2011 children and adolescents within an inpatient psychiatric hospital using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Developmental Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) models. Family therapy using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Forensic evaluations for juvenile courts throughout Washington focused on diagnosis, competency to stand trial, mental status at time of offense, and risk for future dangerousness. Treatment for competence restoration. Training of other professionals regarding family therapy models.

Summer 2009 Special Commitment Center- Group and individual therapy with adults who have

been civilly committed following classification as Sexually Violent Predators. Utilized a sex-offender specific therapy program focused on relapse prevention strategies.

Fall 2008 Western State Hospital- Comprehensive pretrial forensic mental health

evaluations to the State and Limited Jurisdiction Courts in Western Washington.

Evaluations focused on diagnosis, competency to stand trial, treatment recommendations for those found not competent to stand trial, criminal responsibility, danger to others, likelihood of committing offenses, and need for an involuntary treatment evaluations.

2005 2008 Center for Safe and Healthy Families- Group psychotherapy with children having sexual behavior problems and their parents. Individual psychotherapy using TF-CBT and PCIT in a University of Utah Hospital based clinic. Weekly group and individual supervision.

2006 2008 Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy Clinic- Individual inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy with severely personality disordered adults at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Clinic Weekly group supervision, individual supervision, and case consultation.

2004 2008 Adolescent Development and Outreach ProgramCommunity-based individual psychotherapy and assessment for underserved adolescents. Biweekly group and individual supervision.

2006 – 2007 Child Therapy Practicum- Community based individual and family therapy with children aged 11-15 utilizing the Adolescent Transitions Program. Weekly group supervision and individual supervision of undergraduate parenting consultants.

2004 2006 Open Door Clinic- Group psychotherapy with homeless adolescents in an outpatient community medical clinic. Weekly group supervision.

2004 2006 Primary Childrens Hospital- Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment

with medically fragile children and adolescents. Periodic individual supervision.

2004 2006 Assessment Practicum – Personality and cognitive assessment of children, adolescents, and adults at the University Counseling Center, Salt Lake School District, and Primary Childrens Medical Center. Weekly group and individual supervision.

SPECIALIZED CLINICAL TRAINING

Fall 2008 Criminal Forensic Foundations Seminar

Fall 2005 Functional Family Therapy Seminar

Summer 2007 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Seminar

2006 2007 Motivational Interviewing Seminar

Summer 2005 Rorschach Administration and Coding Seminar

2005-2007 Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) Seminar

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Psychological Association

American Psychology and Law Society

Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law

1 This presentation culminated in an article titled, “Better Safe Than Sorry is Wrong” Published on 08/04/15 with Free Range Kids, at: http://www.freerangekids.com/better-safe-than-sorry-is-wrong/