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Heather F. Russell, Ph.D.

Heather F. Russell, Ph.D.

Heather F. Russell, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical pediatric psychologist at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia and is affiliated with The Center for Neural Repair and Rehabilitation at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Russell received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and earned her doctorate degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Russell completed her internship at duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pa.

In addition to addressing all the psychological patient needs in the hospital, an area of special interest for Dr. Russell is understanding through research the relationships between coping and psychosocial outcomes in youth with spinal cord injury and their caregivers.

Dr. Russell is currently the president of the psychologists, social workers and counselors section of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals; the co-chair of the program committee for the American Spinal Cord Injury Association; a member of the American Psychological Association, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, Society of Pediatric Psychology, and a fellow in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Ph.D., Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Internship, duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.
  • MA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • BA, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.