Heidi Wheeler, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist in the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute. She has a background in family psychology and psychoeducational assessment and specializes in the evaluation of neurodiverse children, adolescents, and young adults, including those who have learning, attention, and social communication differences. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Wheeler pursued her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University, where she was recognized for her interdisciplinary work and commitment to applying her clinical knowledge in an international context during her two-year predoctoral internship at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Wheeler also completed rotations in the child trauma and child psychological assessment clinics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Morrissey-Compton Educational Center in Redwood City, CA.
Serving as the head of the assessment department at Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences (SKILD) in Mansourieh, Lebanon, Dr. Wheeler trained and supervised a team of clinical and educational psychologists in psycho-educational assessment and therapy. Dr. Wheeler worked to advance awareness of mental-health-related learning challenges throughout the Levant and promoted inclusive education through speaking engagements and written resources, including a book chapter on inclusive educational interventions for learners with trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Dr. Wheeler is also the editor of Wise Parenting: 60+ Ideas for Tackling Common Childhood Challenges, a book published in Lebanon in support of positive parenting practices amongst Middle Eastern families.
Dr. Wheeler has also traveled throughout the Middle East to consult on matters of child protection and war and refugee trauma, including contributing to the development of a mental health program for trafficked Yazidi girls and women and providing capacity-building seminars to teachers, parents, and community helpers working with war-affected and child refugee populations.
Dr. Wheeler recognizes the importance of and is dedicated to providing technically sound, trauma-informed evaluations for ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse children and adolescents. With a background in teaching and advocacy as an education rights holder, she values the importance of collaborating with clients and their families and wider support networks to design intervention plans that draw upon clients’ unique strengths while addressing their specific needs.
- Clinical Psychologist, Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Redwood City, CA
- Assessment Department Head/Supervising Clinical Psychologist, SKILD, Mansourieh, Lebanon
- Adjunct Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
- Education Rights Holder, Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles
- English as a Second Language Teacher, Pacific Rim Language Institute, Rowland Heights, CA
- Lead In-Home Support Counselor, Family Care Network, Inc., San Luis Obispo, CA
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Redwood City, CA
- Predoctoral Intern, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
- Child Psychological Assessment Extern, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
- Child Trauma Extern, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
- Practicum Therapist, Victor Hodge Elementary School/Child and Family Development Center, Azusa, CA
- PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
- MA, Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
- BA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley