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Bernadette Davantes Heckman

  • Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services (Counseling Psychology)

  • Affiliate Faculty, Professional Counseling

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Contact Information

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Office Location

427G Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Heath Psychology
  • Health Disparities
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Health Disorders
  • Multiculturalism
  • Mindfulness-based Interventions

Research Interests

  • 2017-2021: Project BE-AHEAD: $1.9 Million Federal HRSA Grant to Increase Integrated Behavioral Health-Primary Care Training (Health Psychology) to Georgia's Workforce
  • 2014-2017: Project LIHNKS [Linking Integrated Health Networks in Schools] : $1.3 Million Federal HRSA Grant to Strengthen Integrated Behavioral HealthTraining in 13 school counties throughout NE Georgia
  • 2017-2018: :Project MIGHT: Telehealth Grant for Persons Living with hIV

Research Summary

My research examines health disparities and merges my three passions in health psychology, multiculturalism and social justice. My health disparities research focuses primarily on (1) persons with chronic pain and severe headache disorders, (2) persons living with HIV/AIDS. (2) the development and provision of integrated behavioral health care services for at-risk youths in schools ( The short-term goal of my research is to identify health inequities and the bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors that cause and/or maintain these disparities. Long-term, I seek to develop culturally-contextualized interventions and mindfulness-based approaches to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes in under-represented and marginalized groups.


Director of Training, Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. Director of Health Psychology Emphasis


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 2001
M.A. Clinical Psychology Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 1998

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2013 Nominee, National Advisory Committee on Health Disparities The Office of Minority Health: US Department of Health and Human Services
2010 Ohio Psychological Association's Mark Sullivan Award On Diversity: "In recognition of contributions to the field of psychology and/or psychological health of individuals that address diversity and the unique needs of diverse individuals and populations."