Currilculum Vitae: Dr. Heidi S. Lepper, Ph.D

Dr. Lepper is a life coach and emotional skill trainer. She is not a licensed therapist. She can teach you how to handle stressful situations and relationships with greater skill and emotional consideration.


6/96 University of California, Riverside Ph.D.: Social/Personality Psychology
Advisor: Professor M. Robin DiMatteo
6/94 University of California, Riverside M.A.: Social/Personality Psychology
6/92 University of California, Riverside B.A.: Psychology—Summa Cum Laude

Postdoctoral Training Positions:

7/97—6/98 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Iowa State University, Supported through National Institutes of Mental Health.
8/96—6/97 Research Associate, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Nursing, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Teaching Experience:

1/00–Present Part-time Faculty: Drake University
1/98—12/03 Adjunct Professor: Upper Iowa University
1/93—6/94 Teaching Assistant: University of California, Riverside

Professional Experience:

5/98—10/98 Contract with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis, IN, meta-analysis of the patient compliance/adherence literature.
4/95—6/97 Consultant to the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, Project "Communication in Medical Care" (S. Fox, Principal Investigator).
8/96—6/97 Project Director, Research Development and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and The University of Iowa College of Nursing.

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Awards and Recognitions:

9/92 Graduate Dean's Fellowship: University of California, Riverside
6/92 Graduate Dean's Fellowship: University of California, Riverside
6/92 Summa Cum Laude: University of California, Riverside

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Grants and Other Support:

In Pursuit of Happiness and Satisfaction. Received from Graduate Dean's Dissertation Research Grant in the amount of $989.00, October, 1995.

Geriatric Oral Health, Functioning and Quality of Life. Received from National Institutes of Dental Research in the amount of $50,000, October 1994 - September 1996 (M. Robin DiMatteo, Principal Investigator).

Relationship of Personality as Measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Physical and Psychological Functioning in Elderly Persons. Received from Consulting Psychologists Press in the amount of $3,000, August, 1993.

Longitudinal Study of Subjective Well-Being: An Examination of Retired Adults. Dissertation project support. Received from Southern California Edison, 1995-1996, $15,000.

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1.  Lepper, H.S., DiMatteo, M.R., & Tinsley, B.J. (1994). Postpartum depression: How much do obstetric nurses and obstetricians know? Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 21(3), 149-154.

2.  McBride, C.A., Shugars, D.A., DiMatteo, M.R., Lepper, H.S., O'Neil, E.H., & Damush, T.M. (1994). The physician's role: Views of the public and the profession on seven aspects of patient care. Archives of Family Medicine, 3, 948-953.

3.  Lepper, H.S., Martin, L.R., & DiMatteo, M.R. (1995). A model of nonverbal exchange in physician-patient expectations for patient involvement. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 19(4), 207-222.

4.  Kwasman, A., Tinsley, B.J., & Lepper, H.S. (1995). Pediatricians' knowledge and attitudes concerning diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders: A national survey approach. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 149, 1211-1216.

5.  DiMatteo, M.R., Morton, S.C., Lepper, H.S., Damush, T.M., Carney, M.F., Pearson, M.L., & Kahn, K.L. (1996). Cesarean childbirth and psychosocial outcomes: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 15(4), 303-314.

6.  Lepper, H.S. (1998). Use of other-reports to validate subjective well-being measures. Social Indicators Research, 44, 367-379.

7.  Spoth, R., Redmond, C., Shin, C., Lepper, H.S., Haggerty, K., & Wall, M. (1998). Risk moderation of proximal parent and child outcomes of a universal family-focused preventive intervention: A test and replication. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 68, 565-579.

8.  Spoth, R., Redmond, C., & Lepper, H.S. (1999). Alcohol initiation outcomes of universal family-focused preventive interventions: One- and two-year follow-ups of a controlled study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 13S, 103-111.

9.  Lyubomirsky, S. & Lepper, H. S. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46(2), 137-155.

10.  Redmond, C., Spoth, R., Shin, C., Lepper, H.S. (1999). Modeling long-term parent outcomes of two universal family-focused preventive interventions: One-year follow-up results. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67(6), 975-984.

11.  DiMatteo, M.R., Lepper, H.S., & Croghan, T. W. (2000). Depression is a risk factor for noncompliance with medical treatment: Meta-analysis of the effects of anxiety and depression on patient adherence. Archives of Internal Medicine, 160(14), 2101-2107.

12.  Martin, L.R., DiMatteo, M.R., & Lepper, H.S. (2001). Facilitation of patient involvement in care: Development and validation of a scale. Behavioral Medicine, 27(3), 111-120.

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Book Chapters:

1.  DiMatteo, M.R. & Lepper, H.S. (1998). Promoting adherence to courses of treatment: Mutual collaboration in the physician-patient relationship. In L. Jackson & B.K. Duffy (Eds.), Health Communication Research: A Guide to Developments and Directions, pp. 75-86. Greenwood Press.

2.  Lepper, H.S. & Titler, M.G. (1997). Program evaluation. In M.A. Mateo & K.T. Kirchhoff (Eds.), Using and Conducting Research in the Clinical Setting. W.B. Saunders Company.

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Paper Presentations:

1.  Lepper, H.S., DiMatteo, M.R., & Tinsley, B.J. Gender differences on obstetricians' sensitivity to postpartum depression. Poster session at the Convention of the American Psychological Society, June 22, 1992, San Diego, CA.

2.  Lepper, H.S., DiMatteo, M.R., & Tinsley, B.J. Sensitivity to postpartum depression among obstetrician-gynecologists and obstetric nurses. Poster session at the 73rd annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, April 23, 1993, Phoenix, AZ.

3.  Damush, T.M., Lepper, H.S., Martin, L.R., Niemeyer, L.O., & DiMatteo, M.R. Exercise, leisure activities, and quality of life in older adults. Poster session at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, August 12, 1994, Los Angeles, CA.

4.  Martin, L.R. & Lepper, H.S. Facilitation of patient involvement scale: An early exploration. Poster session at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, August 14, 1994, Los Angeles, CA.

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References available upon request.

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Emotional Skills Training

To be successful in life, you need to maintain a healthy set of emotional skills. Your self-esteem and ability to be an independent and self-determining individual depends on your capacity to be self-aware of your moods and emotional state. Your emotional skills come into play in your personal interactions with others as well as your ability to feel empathy and compassion. They enable you to withstand the stress and strain of daily life and quickly adapt to challenges with flexibility and creativity.

We learn emotional skills starting at an early age. Yet, not everyone develops the degree of emotional skills they will need in their lives. I offer individual training so you can learn new and more effective emotional skills that will serve to enhance your success in life.


Breath control and focus produce energy and reduce muscular tension! Imagine a red balloon in your belly, inflating with each breath-in and deflating with each breath-out. No need to impose structure, just focus on your breathing, letting other thoughts come and go.

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