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Richard E. Heyman, Ph.D.
Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Room VA16N Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-998-9761







Duke University, Durham, NC




University of Oregon, Eugene, OR



Clinical Psychology

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR



Clinical Psychology


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

RICHARD E. HEYMAN is Professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. He earned a B.S. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Heyman co-directs the Family Translational Research Group with Dr. Amy Slep.

Dr. Heyman has received 42 grants/contracts from major U.S. funding agencies on a variety of family-related topics, from anger escalation in couples to the impact of family violence on children to community-level prevention of family maltreatment, substance problems, and suicidality to social deterimants of health. Dr. Heyman has published over 100 scientific articles/chapters focused on the risk factors and consequences of couple dysfunction, intimate partner violence and child maltreatment.

One of the key emphases of the group’s work is on translating basic knowledge into prevention and treatment and on improving adoption of evidence based practices. Toward these ends, Drs. Heyman and Slep — with NYUCD collaborators — have two NIDCR-funded projects examining family effects on oral health and developing oral health-related family prevention approaches.



Current Funding:

About 10 active federal grants; 42 overall from a diverse array of federal funders, including several components of the National Institutes of Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Air Force; and Department of Defense.


Representative Publications:

 Heyman, R. E., Lorber, M. F., Eddy, J. M., & West, T. V. (in press). Behavioral observation and coding. In H. T. Reis & C. M. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

 Foran, H. F., Beach, S. R. H., Slep, A. M. S., Heyman, R. E. & Wamboldt, M. Z. (Eds.). (2013) Family Problems and Family Violence: Reliable Assessment and the ICD-11. New York: Springer.

Foran, H. M., Slep, A. M. S., Heyman, R.E., & US Air Force Family Advocacy Program (2011). Prevalences of intimate partner violence in a representative U.S. Air Force sample. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 391–397.

Heyman, R. E. & Slep, A. M. S. (2011). Estimating prevalences of sensitive problems from non-sensitive data. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 293-311. DOI: 10.1177/0886260510362881

Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., & Nelson, J. P. (2011). Empirically guided community intervention for partner abuse, child maltreatment, suicidality, and substance misuse. In S. MacDermid Wadsworth & D. Riggs (Eds.), Risk and Resilience in U.S. Military Families (pp. 85-110). New York: Springer.

Slep, A. M. S., Foran, H. M., Heyman, R. E., Snarr, J. D., & USAF Family Advocacy Program (2011). Risk factors for clinically significant intimate partner violence among active duty members. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 486–501.

Snarr, J. D., Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., Malik, J., & USAF Family Advocacy Program. (2011). Preventive impacts of reliable family maltreatment criteria. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 826-833.

 Heyman, R. E. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Reliability of family maltreatment diagnostic criteria: 41 site dissemination field trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 905–910.

 Heyman, R. E. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). A translational research orientation to family violence. Violence and Victims, 24, 283-301.

Heyman, R. E., Hunt, A. N., Malik, J. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Desired change in couples: Gender differences and communication. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 464–473.

Heyman R. E., Slep, A. M. S., Beach, S. R. H., Wamboldt, M., Kaslow, N. J., & Reiss, D. (2009). Relationship problems and the DSM: needed improvements and suggested solutions. World Psychiatry, 8, 7-14.

Mitnick, D. M., Heyman, R. E. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Changes in relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood: A meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 848–852. doi: 10.1037/a0017004

Mitnick, D. M., Heyman, R. E., Malik, J. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). The differential association between change request qualities and resistance, problem resolution, and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 474–484.

Slep, A. M. S. & Heyman, R. E. (2008). Public health approaches to family maltreatment prevention: Resetting family psychology’s sights from the home to the community. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 518-528.

Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2006-a). Creating and field-testing diagnostic criteria for partner and child maltreatment. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 397-408. doi:10.1037/0893-3200.20.3.397