Emily Biggs-Heisler, MA, is a psychology extern at CBC where she conducts individual, family, and group therapies with children, adolescents, and adults. She is currently a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University (NYU).
She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in clinical, research, and testing settings. Emily is trained in: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and brief suicide prevention interventions.
Emily has worked in multiple settings and capacities in an effort to contribute to the well-being of those seeking mental health care. While at NYU, she co-led skills training groups in affective and interpersonal regulation for adolescents (STAIR-A) at Bellevue Hospital Center. More recently, Emily was an extern at the Child Mind Institute where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents. She also held an extern position at CBT/DBT Associates where she co-led DBT multifamily skills groups with adolescents and their families. She was also involved in the Eating, Feeding, and Weight Disorders and Sport Psychology Electives at CPS. Through the eating disorders rotation, she conducted family based treatment (FBT) and enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or avoidant and restrictive feeding and eating disorders. As a trainee for the Sport Psychology Elective, Emily implemented behavioral sport enhancement techniques with both individual athletes and teams. As an extern at the Manhattan VA, Emily conducted CBT with their veterans suffering from PTSD and various anxiety disorders.
Emily also worked as a clinical assistant research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She worked on various projects assessing safety planning interventions with veterans and was the clinical coordinator of a treatment study comparing the effectiveness of DBT to serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in a population with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Emily also volunteered as a research assistant, through the NYU Child Study Center, on projects looking at safety planning and rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in youth residing on inpatient units.
Emily’s current research focus is on examining the interpersonal mechanisms of suicidal and non-suicidal behaviors in individals diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Other areas of research interest include suicidality among individuals with BPD, childhood trauma exposure, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders. Emily is a member of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), American Psychological Association (APA), New York State Psychological Association (NYPSA), New York City-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC-CBT), and New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA).