Education

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; B.A., California State University, Los Angeles

Research Interests 

Childhood learning disabilities, creativity, and trauma; portrayal of women, minorities, seniors, and the disabled in television and film; use of digital storytelling in cross-cultural studies and feminist psychoanalysis

Background

Dr. Heisser Metoyer teaches courses in Walden’s Ph.D. in Psychology program. She is trained as a clinical psychologist, specializing in child assessment, learning theory, and changes in cognition and behavior as a consequence of diseases of the brain or mental dysfunction. She completed an American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology fellowship from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her dissertation was an application of Noam Chomsky’s theory of language acquisition, titled On the Acquisition of Specific Phonological Features in Inept Adolescent Readers. As a senior staff psychologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 12 years, she was responsible for creating psychodiagnostic assessment protocols for atypical children. For more than a decade, she served as director of Psychology Training for Antioch University. She was also training and research consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Head Start.

Selected as a Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholar and a participant in the National Women’s Studies Association Women of Color Leadership Project, she has testified for the United Nations on the status of violence against women. She is actively involved in the portrayal of women in film and television by participating on panels in the entertainment industry, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and CNN. Her views on issues related to minorities have been quoted frequently in the Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, and many other national publications. She is a commentator on Nevada Public Radio news and also a psychologist and media researcher at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.