Core Faculty, PsyD Program
, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
Received Doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007 from Argosy University Seattle. Dr. Heusler’s past research interests included gender differences in response to traumatic events in first responders and trauma proximity predicting trauma symptoms in law enforcement personnel. Dr. Heusler’s current interests include identifying what works in psychotherapy from the client’s perspective and what contributes to facilitating useful change in clients as well as refining culturally competent aspects of psychotherapy.
Dr. Heusler began working in the mental health field in 1974 as a psychiatric technician, activity therapist, and recreational therapist. Dr. Heusler began a career with the juvenile justice system in 1978 and then in direct law enforcement in 1981. Dr. Heusler served as a police academy instructor specializing in facilitating instruction in human behavior, juvenile procedures, press relations and media management for the field officer, as well as teaching procedures in handling crisis situations and domestic violence.
Dr. Heusler left law enforcement in 1983 and embarked on a career in marketing, public relations, and advertising ultimately starting an advertising agency for the next fifteen years. Dr. Heusler decided to return to school in 1998 and become a mental health counselor and eventually a licensed psychologist in 2007.
- MA, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University Seattle, Washington
- MA, Mental Health Counseling, Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, Missouri
- BS, Psychology, Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, Missouri
Dr. Heusler received the following grants and awards for his service and achievements in the field of counseling and psychology:
- American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Northern Illinois University Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
- American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Virginia Tech Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
- American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award, recipient of a $1,000.00 cash award for expenses associated with doctoral dissertation.
- Lindenwood University’s Professional Counseling Award, presented for outstanding academic performance, community service, and emotional growth.
- Graduate Assistantship at Lindenwood University that included a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend.
- 2008-Present – Member, Trauma Psychology, Division 56 of the American Psychological Association.
- 2008-Present – Member, American Psychological Association.
- 2004-Present – Member, National Board of Certified Counselors.
- 2009-2011 – Advertising Advisory Editor, Trauma Psychology Newsletter, Division 56 of the American Psychological Association.
- 2002-2010 – Member, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
- 1998-2010 – Member, American Counseling Association.
- 2006-2009 – Member, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.
“I have been involved as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Seattle since October of 2009 and very much enjoy the culture, approach to learning, faculty, the evolving program, collaborative spirit of the students, as well as the dedication students have to their professional aspirations and work ethic. I feel the core values associated with the social justice stance at Antioch are what makes it an institution that develops the future leaders and change agents that are critical to the health of our society and the planet. I very much enjoy and am honored to be a small part of that enterprise.”