Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, is Director of the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services and the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative. She co-directs the Healthy Environments and Relationships That Support (HEARTS) Initiative for adverse childhood experiences (ACE) response through the national Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Project.
Dr. Larkin has researched the ACE prevalence in New York and among homeless people. She translates ACE knowledge into policy, programs, and practice and engages in collaborative, community-engaged research. She co-developed the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model to guide an ACE Response strategy that integrates services within intentionally developed restorative contexts that foster resilience and recovery. A pioneer integrating the ACE Study with social work knowledge, she leads ACE Think Tank and Action Team meetings and works with agency directors to strengthen ACE Response through the MARC Project.
Dr. Larkin received her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service and her M.S.W from Boston University’s School of Social Work. She has been honored for her work by the New York State Council on Children and Families and the New York State Senate. She has received Exemplary Community Engagement awards and was named as a Sage Colleges Champion of Character Educator Leadership Award winner.
Her practice background includes psychosocial assessment; emergency services; individual, family, and group counseling; clinical supervision; and interagency collaboration. She extends research on adverse childhood experiences (ACE); integrates social work prevention and intervention research for trauma response; investigates emerging mind/body/spirit interventions; and develops national and international partnerships with policymakers, program directors, and practitioners focused on ACE-informed programming that serves the whole person.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Homelessness, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), Restorative Integral Support (RIS), mind/body/spirit interventions
- Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
- M.S.W., Boston University
- B.A., University of Rhode Island
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