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


  • 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


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
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