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Profile: Charles H. Heller, PhD

275 Madison Ave.
6th Floor
New York, NY 10952
Phone: (212) 880-3789
Fax: (845) 354-1287

Dr. Charles Heller is a Clinical and forensic psychologist with experience serving a large variety of patients and court related matters . Since 2005, he has been the chief forensic consultant to the Rockland County (New York) forensic mental health unit, providing evaluations for Family and Supreme Court. He is a custody evaluator for the Bergen Family Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, providing custody, parenting time, relocation and removal evaluations for the Bergen County Superior court. He is also on the Law Guardian mental health panel in the State of New York and is a psychologist expert on the New York City 18B assigned counsel panel. Dr. Heller has performed hundreds of custody, parenting time, relocation, removal, neglect, abuse, child sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, risk evaluations as well as testimony during trial as the court appointed expert. He has had advanced training from Rutgers School of Social Work, Center for Children and families, in performing psychological evaluations and serving as an expert witness in child welfare cases. He follows the scientist-practitioner model related to custody evaluations and utilizes the most recent research available regarding individual and family psychological functioning to promote understanding of a family. He strives to present an objective, unbiased, and balanced picture of a family when performing court-related evaluations, whether he is the court appointed expert or retained by one of the parties. He is well respected among his colleagues. He is often asked to provide a peer review of other psychologist’s evaluations and provides consultation related to cross- examination of adverse experts. His special expertise, in domestic violence was utilized in his presentation of a continuing legal education workshop entitled: “Battered Woman Syndrome as a legal defense-A Psychological perspective ” recently presented to the Legal Aid Society of Kings County.

Criminal behavior, including domestic violence has been one of Dr. Heller’s specialties since completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his PhD. The research involved “Criminal behavior and arousal.” Dr. Heller has been called upon to evaluate defendants accused or convicted of murder, rape, mass murder and other FBI Crime Index crimes. He has performed death row evaluations for the Federal Public Defender and recently evaluated a defendant convicted of a triple murder. Television and other media have interviewed Dr. Heller as an expert in criminal behavior. Most recently, he was interviewed about the abduction and heinous murder of a young child in Brooklyn. He has also been interviewed on “about.com” to provide explanations of the personality characteristics and crimes perpetrated by Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Brian David Mitchell (the person who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart).

Dr. Heller has served as an expert witness on civil matters, for both plaintiff and defense cases. These assignments may only involve record review or a complete forensic evaluation of a client and a situation. Recent cases have involved emotional and mental injury caused by therapist malpractice, accidents, and injuries to children/adults that were harmed in group homes for retarded and dual-diagnosed consumers. Dr. Heller has also been called upon by one of the largest life insurance companies to perform a psychological autopsy of a person who committed suicide.

In addition to his Manhattan location, Dr. Heller also has offices in Paramus, NJ, Tarrytown, NY, New City, NY, and Monroe, NY. Please visit Dr. Heller's website for a full list of addresses and contact information.  Dr. Heller may also be reached on his cell phone at (845) 558-0383.

Education/Licenses

Education:

  • Ph.D. 1979, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Dissertation: “Criminal Behavior and Arousal: Test of a Theory”
  • M.A. 1974, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY (Clinical Psychology)
  • B.A. 1971, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY (Psychology)

Post-Graduate Training:

  • Certificate in Basic Theory and Practice of Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Long Island University and the New York Center for Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy, awarded December 2010.
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate in Family Forensics awarded by the Family Forensics Training Program of the Washington Square Institute of Psychotherapy and Mental Health, New York, NY (A program chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York). This is a certification program in Family Forensics. This two-year certification program included training and coursework in child development, adolescence, family, parental assessment and significant issues in conducting custody evaluations. The program requirements included an externship and a final research paper. 2006–2008.
  • Apprenticeship in Family Therapy and Empowering Leadership with Virginia Satir – 1986
  • Residential Training and Performance Development Program, Satir Institute of the Southeast – 1998-1999

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Licensed Psychologist (NY, NJ)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NY)
  • National Register of the Council of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (State Reciprocity): (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards).
  • Certificate of Clinical Training in Psychology (NJ)
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate in Family Forensics, Washington Square Institute (NY)
  • Mental Health Panel Member, New York State Law Guardian Program
  • Forensic Psychologist Expert, New York City Assigned Counsel Program

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association, Div. 41, Psychology and the Law
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • The Virginia Satir Avanta Network
  • The Rockland County (NY) Psychological Society
  • Leadership Rockland, Class of 2001-2002.
  • The Orange County (NY) coalition against domestic violence.
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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Psychological Forensics
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Retardation and Developmental delays
  • Personal injury, emotional pain, long-term effects, long-term psychological treatment plans and estimation of costs.
  • Psychological, Psychiatric and Alcoholism Treatment Record Review (inpatient and outpatient).
  • Injured Child Assessments
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Alcoholism and other drug abuse problems
  • Malpractice
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Psychological Record Review
  • Evaluations and Testimony
  • Addictions and Alcoholism Criminal Defense
  • Critical Incident Stress Effects
  • Agency Administration and Supervision
  • Disabilities (emotional, mental, retardation, Autism)
  • Litigation Consultation
  • Police Officers and Stress
  • “Death Row” evaluations of condemned prisoners
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Alcoholism/Drugs
  • Psychological Autopsy
  • Risk Assessment for Re-Offense of Sexual Assault and other Violent Crime
  • Standards of Treatment (Inpatient & Outpatient)
  • Battered Woman Syndrome
  • Assessment of Pain and Suffering
  • Suicide
  • Child Custody, Visitation & Family Issues
  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Standards of treatment in Group Homes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Parental Acceptance-Rejection Syndrome
  • Assessment of Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights
  • “Rejection Crisis” related to homicide
  • Consultation to Insurance Company regarding aspects of suicide