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Heather F. Russell, PHD

Specialties
  • Psychology

Dr. Russell started her working years in a genetics lab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) receiving and analyzing blood samples from children with rare disorders and their families. After working in the lab, she decided she would be much happier and more fulfilled working with children and their families face-to-face. Her plan was to become a physician who worked with and emotionally supported children with serious diseases and their families. Around that time, Dr. Russell was able to volunteer with the child life department at CHOP and realized that the primary member of the medical team who provided the families with emotional support was actually the psychologist. She therefore decided to enroll in graduate school for psychology and after 10 years of further training, became a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Russell has had the pleasure of working at Shriners Children's for the past 20 years.

Dr. Russell received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and earned her doctorate degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Russell completed her internship at duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Russell’s clinical expertise is in working with children with physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury, and their families in order to better understand and facilitate the coping and adjustment processes with the ultimate goal of optimizing psychosocial outcomes.

Pediatric Care

Specialties and Areas of Care

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Education and Training

Internship
A. I. DuPont Institute
Wilmington, DE
6/30/1998

Residency
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
6/30/2001

Academic Positions and Locations

Temple University Hospital
Adjunct Assistant Professor

No current Academic Teaching Positions

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2015–Present: Member, Pan-European Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Collaboration
  • 2012–Present: Founding Member & Chair, Ethics Committee, Shriners Children's Philadelphia
  • 2010–Present: Fellow, American Spinal Injury Association; Pediatric Committee Member (2010–2017); Program Committee (2010–Present) – Co-Chair (2015-2018) Chair (2019); Membership Committee Member (2017–Present); Steel Assembly Founding Member (2017–Present)
  • 2008–Present: Member, Ethics Committee, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001–Present: Member, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP); ASCIP Governance Board (2015–2021) – Vice President (2017-2019); PSWC Board of Directors (2011–2021) – President (2015-2019); PSWC Clinical Practice Committee (2006–2017) – Chair (2007-2011); ASCIP Clinical Practice Committee (2010–2017) – Chair (2012-2015)
  • 2001–Present: Fellow, Pennsylvania Psychological Association; 1993–Present: Member, American Psychological Association; Division 22 – Rehabilitation Psychology; Division 54 - The Society of Pediatric Psychology
Editorial Positions
  • Reviewer, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
  • Reviewer, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Awards and Honors
  • 2020: Fellow, American Spinal Injury Association
  • 2019: Leadership Service Award, American Spinal Injury Association
  • 2019: Essie Morgan Lecturer, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Nashville, TN
  • 2017: Leadership Service Award, American Spinal Injury Association
  • 2015: Award Winning Poster Presentation (Top 5), Combined International Spinal Cord Society and American Spinal Injury Association Conference, Montreal, Canada
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation/Instructional Course: Essentials of Pediatric Orthopedics Conference, Philadelphia, PA. How to help your patients cope with COVID anxiety. (2021)
  • Presentation/Instructional Course: Academy of Spinal Cord Injury, Pint-sized pearls of wisdom: What kids can teach us about working with adults. (2020)
  • Presentation/Instructional Course: American Spinal Injury Association, Honolulu, HI, How Can We Help You? An Update on The Standards of Professional Practice for Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors in the Field of SCI Rehabilitation. (2019)
  • Presentation/Instructional Course: Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Nashville, TN., Essie Morgan Lectureship, Pint-sized pearls of wisdom: What kids can teach us about working with adults. (2019)
  • Presentation/Instructional Course: American Spinal Injury Association, Rochester, MN Ouch… That hurts! Understanding, assessing, and treating pain in youth from a multidisciplinary perspective. (2018)

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