Anne Thompson Heller

Ph.D., Health and Well-being

Anne Thompson Heller, LMFT, MA

Entered the Program: 2011

Hometown: Norwich, CT

Previous Education:

  • Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2013
  • Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Metro Urban Studies, Augsburg College, 2008

Research Interests:

  • Adolescence development
    • Substance use disorder recovery
    • Identity development
    • Resiliency

Advising Committee:

  1. Major Advisor: Beth Russell, HDFS
  2. Associate Advisor: Ron Sabatelli, HDFS
  3. Associate Advisor: Chris Ohannessian, Director, Center for Behavioral Health Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Degree Milestones:

  • Master’s Thesis: April 2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapy – Theory of Change Defense: April 2013
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Exams: May 2016

Assistantship Experience:

  • Research Assistant
    • Parents as Coping Coaches – Parenting Intervention, curriculum development, and workshop facilitation, August 2015-August 2016
  • Graduate Assistantships
    • Department of Wellness & Prevention Services, August 2009-May 2011and May 2012-May 2015.
    • Department of Career Services & Office Community Outreach, August 2011-May 2012
    • Department of Community Standards, January 2010-May 2010
    • Student Activities Programs Office, August 2010-December 2010
  • Teaching Assistantships
    • Instructor of Record, 2300 Family Interaction Processes, Fall 2015, Spring, 2016, Fall 2016
    • Teaching Assistant for Research Methods W-Course, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
    • Instructor of Record, First Year Experience Course, Fall 2010
    • Instructor of Record, Senior Year Experience Co-facilitator, Fall 2009


  • Mattoon-Kline Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of Connecticut, 2014, 2016
  • CLAS Dean’s Fund Fellowship Award, University of Connecticut, 2015, 2016
  • Graduate School Fellowship Award, University of Connecticut, 2016
  • CLAS Dean’s Graduate Fellowship in the Social Science Award, University of Connecticut, 2015
  • Predoctoral Fellowship Summer Award, University of Connecticut, 2014
  • L. Eugene Thomas Fund, University of Connecticut, 2014
  • Stacie Mathewson Foundation/Transforming Youth Recovery $10,000 Collegiate Recovery Program Start Up Grant, 2013
  • Best Poster at the Joint Meeting of Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) Awards, Washington D.C. 2008
  • Augsburg College Leadership Award for service and leadership to the Augsburg community, presented by the Augsburg College Division of Student Affairs, 2008


In 2013, Anne led the efforts to implement and develop the UConn Recovery Community (URC), a collegiate recovery program, at the University of Connecticut. The URC is one of over 100 collegiate recovery programs nationwide supporting students in recovery from addictive disorders on college and university campuses. She currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR). Past advocacy efforts included serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families (CTYF) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) and as the Chair to the ARS advocacy committee. She is also a Founding Member of Young People in Recovery (YPR) where she served as a member of the steering and advisory committee for the Young People in Recovery (YPR) Movement.

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