Heather Ringeisen, PhD, MS, BS, serves as the primary investigator of the National Study of Mental Health and as a co-investigator of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. She also serves as the project director of a study to understand instability experienced by children who exit foster care to adoption or guardianship. Dr. Ringeisen is a mental health services researcher with a special interest in serious mental illness and children involved with the child welfare system. Prior to her work at RTI, Dr. Ringeisen served as chief of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, 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 mental health. She previously received the Society for Research in Child Development and American Association for Advancement of Science policy fellowship.
Senior Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Development Research
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.