Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD

Dean, Zachs Chair in Social Work and Co-Director, PhD Program


Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D., is Dean, Co-Director of the Doctoral Program, and Zachs Chair in Social Work. Dr. Heller has taught in the MSW and Ph.D. programs in the areas of Individuals, Families & Groups concentration, social work practice and theory and mental health. Her research and scholarship are in the areas of suicide and suicide prevention, social work theory, integrative approaches to practice, and mental health. She is co-editor of several books Enhancing Psychodynamic Theories with Cognitive Behavioral Theory (1998); Social Work and Social Problems: A Mental Health Perspective (2010); and Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice. As a consultant to the State of Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board, Dr. Heller led the development of the state suicide prevention plan and serves on several related statewide committees. She is a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Taskforce on Clinical Workforce Preparedness and is certified by the American Association of Suicidology as a psychological autopsy investigator. She is Co-PI on a three year SAMHSA clinical training grant Transitioning Youth at Risk, a collaborative effort between the UConn SSW and the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Dean Heller is a member of the Nominating Committee of the National Association of Deans and Directors of schools of social work.

Research Interests

Clinical Social Work
Social Work Practice & Theory
Suicide – Clinical Interventions and Suicide Prevention
Social Work Pedagogy
Psychosocial Aspects of Mental Illness

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information
Emailnina.heller@uconn.edu
Phone(959) 200-3649
Fax(860) 244-2234
Office LocationRoom 303 HSSW