Joy Heafner

Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy


Entered the Program: 2012

Previous Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Majored in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, Illinois College, 2006
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Chicago, 2008
  • Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Connecticut, 2014

Research Interests:

  • Applying feminist theories to the practice of therapy
  • Exploring how the mental healthcare system influences the practice of therapy

Advising Committee:

  1. Major Advisor: Rachel B. Tambling
  2. Associate Advisor: Kari Adamsons
  3. Associate Advisor: Marysol Asencio
  4. Associate Advisor: Laura Mauldin

Degree Milestones:

  • Completed dissertation proposal – April, 2016

Assistantship Experience:

  • 2013 to Present: Research Project Manager in the Center for Applied Research in Human Development
  • 2015 to Present: Instructor of Record for Risk and Resilience in Individual and Families

Awards/scholarships/fellowships:

  • 2016: The University of Connecticut Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2015: The University of Connecticut Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2015: The University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fund Fellowship
  • 2012 – 2015: The University of Connecticut Outstanding Scholar Program Fellowship

Other:

I’m currently collecting data for my dissertation on the experiences of feminist therapists. If this topic interests you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Joy Heafner
Contact Information
Emailjoy.heafner@uconn.edu