Bernadette Davantes Heckman

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Heath Psychology
  • Health Disparities
  • Chronic Pain
  • Multiculturalism
  • Mindfulness-based Interventions
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Opioid and SUDs

Academic Affiliations

Contact

 706-542-4792 (office)

Research Summary

My research examines health disparities and merges my three passions in health psychology, multiculturalism, and social justice. My health disparities research focuses primarily on:

  • Persons with chronic pain and severe headache disorders
  • Persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • The development and provision of integrated behavioral health care services for at-risk youths in schools

The short-term goal of my research is to identify health inequities and the bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors that cause and/or maintain these disparities. Long-term, I seek to develop culturally-contextualized interventions and mindfulness-based approaches to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes in under-represented and marginalized groups.

Grants

2017-2021
Awarded $1.9 Million Federal HRSA Grant to Increase Integrated Behavioral Health-Primary Care Training (Health Psychology) to Georgia’s Workforce
2014-2017
Awarded $1.3 Million Federal HRSA Grant to Strengthen Integrated Behavioral HealthTraining in 13 school counties throughout NE Georgia
Project MIGHT
2017 - Current
Telehealth Grant for Persons Living with HIV
Project OASIS
2019-2022
$1.4 Million Federal Grant on Opioid and Substance Use Workforce Development
GPE_HRSA GRANT
2019-2022
$1.3 Million Health Psychology Grant