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Heather Ringeisen

Director, Children and Families Research Program

Heather Ringeisen, PhD, MS, BS, serves as a co-investigator on the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II. She also serves as the project director of a calibration study to determine an estimate of childhood serious emotional disturbance within the National Health Interview Survey. Dr. Ringeisen is a children's mental health services researcher with a special interest in the non-specialty mental health service systems. Prior to her work at RTI, Dr. Ringeisen served as chief of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Program at NIMH, where she directed a research program that examined the quality, organization, and financing of services for children with mental disorders. Dr. Ringeisen has served on multiple federal committees established to coordinate activities related to children's mental health. She previously received the Society for Research in Child Development policy fellowship and is a licensed clinical child psychologist.


PhD, Clinical Child Psychology (minor: Child and Family Studies), Auburn University; Clinical Internship, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida; MS, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University; BS (magna cum laude), Psychology, Wake Forest University.

Latest Publications

Ringeisen, H., Aldworth, J., Colpe, L.J., Pringle, B., & Simile, C. (2015). Estimating the prevalence of any impairing childhood mental disorder in the national health interview survey. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, Advance Online Publication .
Casanueva, C., Tueller, S., Dolan, M., Smith, K., & Ringeisen, H. (Oct 2012). NSCAW II Wave 2 report: Child permanency: OPRE Report #2013-28. Prepared by RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services.
Casanueva, C., Dolan, M., Smith, K., Ringeisen, H., & Dowd, K. (2012). Indicators of well-being among children in the United States child welfare system. Child Indicators Research, 5 (3):547-565.
Aldworth, J., Simile, C., Ringeisen, H., Morgan, K.C., Colpe, L., & Gfroerer, J. (2012). A Model-Based Method for Estimating Serious Emotional Disturbance Using a Mental Health Screener from Household Interview Data Combined with Clinical Interviews. Presented at JSM 2012, San Diego, CA, July 2012.
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  • Child Mental Health Services and Care
  • Child Welfare Services and Policy
  • Evidence-Based Practices in Children's Mental Health