Anne Thompson Heller


Staff Psychotherapist


University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Doctor of Philosophy, May 2021
Human Development and Family Studies: Health and Wellbeing
Dissertation: Collegiate recovery programs and the promotion of psychosocial development and adjustment: A student development perspective.

Masters of Arts, May 2013
Marriage and Family Therapy
Thesis: Perceived stigma as a function of social influence: The interplay of substance use recovery ethos and adolescent development.

Masters of Arts, May 2011
Higher Education and Student Affairs

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Arts, August 2008
Major: Sociology and Metro Urban Studies

CCAR Certified Recovery Coach

Professional Interests:
Substance use/misuse/recovery, grief, trauma, relational dynamics

Therapeutic Approach:
Uses an Integrative approach, including but not limited to: family systems, strength based empowerment, solution focused.

Professional Memberships:
Association of Recovery in Higher Education

Selected Publications:
McDaniel, J., Brown, A., Thompson Heller, A., Johnston, T., Bergman, B., Bohler, R., . . . Ashford, R. D. (Under Review). Interdisciplinary expansions: Applying recovery-informed theory to interdisciplinary areas of recovery science research. Society and Mental Health.

Curtis, B., Bergman, B., Brown, A., McDaniel, J., Harper, K., Eisenhart, E., Hufnagel, M., Thompson Heller, A., Ashford, R. D. (2019). Characterizing Participation and Perceived Engagement Benefits in an Integrated Digital Behavioral Health Recovery Community for Women: A Cross-Sectional Survey. JMIR mental health, 6(8), e13352. doi:10.2196/13352

Brown, A., Ashford, R., Thompson Heller, A., Whitney, J., & Kimball, T. (2018). Collegiate recovery students and programs: Literature review from 1988-2017. Journal of Recovery Science, 1(1), 1-11.

Thompson Heller, A., Russell, B. S., Hutchison, M. (2018). Adolescents in school-based substance use recovery: Tolerating distress in the context of depression. Unpublished Manuscript: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Guite, J. W., Russell, B.S., Pantaleao, A., Thompson Heller, A., Donohue, E., Galica, V., Zempsky, W. T., & Ohannessian, C. M. (2018). Parents as coping coaches for adolescents with chronic pain: A single-arm pilot feasibility trial of a brief, group-based, cognitive-behavioral intervention promoting caregiver self-regulation. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6, 223-237.

Ashford, R. D., Brown, A. M., Eisenhart, E., Thompson Heller, A., & Curtis, B. (2018). What we know about students in recovery: meta-synthesis of collegiate recovery programs, 2000-2017. Addiction Research & Theory, 1-9. Doi: 10.1080/16066359.2018.1425399

Language(s) Spoken: English

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Contact Information
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