Heather Howard, MSW, PhD, LICSW
Heather Howard, MSW, PhD, LICSW is committed to educating graduate students to become social justice-based social workers. Her research and writing interests focus on gender-specific and trauma-informed care for women that reduces stigma and encourages health empowerment. Heather has been awarded several external grants for research involving women’s health issues and her publications emphasize the importance of shared decision-making for perinatal women who are opioid dependent. Heather was assistant professor at Wheelock College for the past five years. She taught advanced clinical practice with children and families, participatory action research, and dynamics of oppression and privilege. Also she was the coordinator of the Integrated Healthcare certificate. She supplements her academic work as a consultant for Compass Collaborative which focusing on decreasing occupational burnout in helping professionals. Heather has over 23 years of clinical experience in social work in healthcare. Her clinical expertise is the treatment of grief and loss, trauma, and substance use disorders.